Soccer World Off The Pitch – Kirsten Jamieson (Olympic)

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Picture credit: Chris Simpson

This week thanks to Soccer World, Queensland’s leading boutique football retailer specialising in a wide range of boots, indoor futsal shoes, turf shoes, we catch up with a player who is absolutely streeting the NPL Women’s Golden Boot race. Scoring more than double her nearest rival’s efforts with an amazing 45 goals in 12 matches, she is definitely one to watch. Kirsten Jamieson from Olympic is the subject of our Off The Pitch for this week.

QSN: How were you introduced to the game and who was your main football influence?

KJ: It would have to be my dad. In most of my childhood photos there’s a soccer ball somewhere to be seen. Technically I started playing when I was five but I think the seed was planted much earlier.

My dad had a long run playing in Scotland for St Mirren and managed to nab a trial with Chelsea back in the day. Unfortunately he didn’t get a son to follow in his footsteps but I think I’ve done him proud!

QSN: We think he’d agree. Tell us about your football playing history.

KJ: I started playing at Brisbane Lions when I was five. I played there over ten years through the boys teams to the women’s Premier League. I think I got my first minutes in the Premier League when I was 13.

I have represented various Brisbane and Queensland rep teams up until I was about 18. I took a step back around that time as I struggled with losing the biggest part of my life, my mum. It wasn’t really the same playing and not seeing her on the sideline.

I dabbled in a few different clubs and teams after that but only this year have I linked up with Olympic FC to give it one last real go.

QSN: What opportunities has football given you?

KJ: The opportunity to travel overseas and also Australia wide. I’ve been offered opportunities to go overseas and have seen most of Australia thanks to football.

QSN: How are you enjoying playing at Olympic FC?

KJ: It’s a really good environment to be in, it’s somewhere you actually want to be. The girls are inviting and the vibe at training and game day is good, it’s always positive.

The coaching staff are second to none and there is equal opportunity for everyone. If you are willing to commit and put in the work, you will be given a go. They offer the support and understanding that everyone needs at some point or another.

Aside from the players and coaches, the club representatives and supporters that always manage to get to our games are a big and very welcome support.

QSN: How does it feel to be runaway leader of the scoring charts?

KJ: To be honest I can’t really wrap my head around it. After being away from the top league for so long, I never imagined I would be in this position now or ever again.

At the end on the day I have ten girls behind me every week putting in the work. If they weren’t there, I wouldn’t get the opportunities to put it away. So all praise to them.

QSN: What are you and your team looking to achieve this season?

KJ: I don’t think anyone really expected us to be where we are at this point so I think the hopes and expectations have shifted from the start of the season. I think top four is an achievement in itself but if we were to dream a little bigger and keep performing the way we are maybe we can book a spot in the grand final.

QSN: What are your greatest individual and team achievements?

KJ: Winning golden boot and player of the year a few times over the years. It’s always a good personal achievement, so probably that.

Team wise, probably winning nationals titles with Queensland back in the day. It’s an achievement in itself to be one of the teams in a final but to travel home with the win is pretty good feeling.

QSN: Who is the best player you have played with or against in your career?

KJ: I have played with and against so many talented girls. There’s too many to just name one so I’m going to change this to ‘best coach I’ve played under’. That would have to be, without a doubt, Pye Augustine. I have an unbelievable amount of gratitude and the upmost respect for her.

She took me under her wing from probably about 13 years old as my Queensland coach initially and then continued as my Premier League coach at Lions. She always pushed beyond my own expectations and when I didn’t believe in myself she always did.

To this day she still gives me the advice needed and the hard word when I deserve it.

QSN: Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?

KJ: Well without being inappropriate, probably just the certain type of underwear I choose to wear. I have a particular bottom half with a particular top half that I HAVE to wear on game days.

QSN: What do you do with yourself away from the football pitch?

KJ: I work, a lot. During the days I build and fit out motorhomes. I am actually a carpenter by trade so by afternoons, nights and weekends I have a lot of private and contacted jobs through my own business. It keeps me busy and although some day’s sleep is hard to come by, it’s worth it. It keeps me focused and on track for everything I have been and am currently working for.

When I do manage to get a free day, usually Sundays, I like to get away from the rat race and explore new places with my other half.

QSN: If you weren’t a footballer, what other sport would you play?

KJ: I played a season of AFL in Victoria a while back. It was quite different but I actually really enjoyed it so probably that if anything else.

QSN: Time for 5 rapid fire questions! Your favourite drink, music, food, football idol and which football club do you support?

KJ: I shouldn’t say it but, Coke. I’m addicted. I love acoustic covers but I’m a sucker for R’n’B. If Ben and Jerry’s was classed as real food I’d say that but in reality though pasta. Lionel Messi is pure class and Celtic is my club.

Well thanks very much for taking out time to catch up with us Kristen and best wishes for the remainder of the season.

No game for Olympic this weekend with a break in the NPL Women’s competition but it’s an absolute blockbuster next weekend and a critical match in Olympic’s aim to make the Grand Final. Second-place Souths United will travel to Goodwin Park to meet the third-placed Olympic and with just one point separating the sides, it’s important for both to pick up three points and aim for a double chance in the finals series. Kickoff is at 7pm.

Kirsten Jamieson

Nationality – Australian / Scottish

Age – 27

Nickname – Kirt / Kirty / Kirst – anything that starts with K really

Height – 175cm

Preferred Position – Striker

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