Soccer World Off The Pitch – Brandon Cuminao (Rochedale)

IMG_3802This week we catch up with a young keeper who burst onto the scene in a big way two years ago. He’s been one of the most consistent keepers in the Brisbane Premier League this year, learn more about Rochedale Rovers’s Brandon Cuminao.

QSN: How were you introduced to the game and what was your first junior club?

BC: My whole family has always lived and breathed football, so naturally it runs through my veins. I’ve always loved watching football when I was a kid so I was eager to get out on the pitch as soon as I could. I started playing for Lions FC at the age of five in the under six’s team as an on field player and goal keeper.

QSN: Tell us about your football playing history.

BC: I started at Lions FC as a kid and played there for a couple years before moving to Western Spirit for another couple years as a striker. I played my second year of goalkeeping at Brisbane City FC in the Rebel division for two seasons before I moved back to Lions for another couple of seasons.

I really enjoyed it there and when the NPL was announced, I tried my luck at Olympic FC and was lucky enough to get into the under 16s squad and worked my way up to the NPL senior team where I made my senior debut at the age of 16. I was at Olympic for four seasons where I really enjoyed my football and now I am at Rochdale Rovers which is a fantastic club with top quality facilities and staff and happy to say I am also enjoying my football at this great club.

QSN: What opportunities has football given you?

BC: Football is full of amazing opportunities and I am happy for what it has given me over the last few years. I’ve travelled to New South Wales for multiple tournaments with the Queensland Academy of Sport and Queensland school football team.

In 2012 I was lucky enough to travel to the UK with my school football team at Kelvin Grove State College which has to be my greatest experience ever with football. It was absolutely amazing playing against local youth teams and training at big clubs such as Liverpool, Everton, Fulham, Manchester United and Chelsea.

QSN: Your greatest individual and team moments in football are?

BC: I would have to say when I made my senior debut for Olympic FC at the age of 16 up in Townsville. Even though we lost the game, it honestly was the best experience I had at the time playing with top players such as Matt Mundy and Danny Byrne.

Also signing my first senior contract with the club the same year was also a very exciting time for me.

My greatest team moment would be when I was in the QAS team and we won the under 18s NPL Grand final on penalties 11-10. (Editor – definitely a game worth reliving)

Other events were qualifying for the FFA Cup with Olympic FC and making it into the round of 16 unfortunately we lost 2-1 to Central Coast Mariners who at the time were a side to be feared but it was a very good experience for me.


QSN: You have been a consistent performer with Rochedale Rovers this season. What do you attribute your good form to?

BC: I would have to say the quality of coaching at the club. Training under Scott MacNicol and Mark Askew is such a privilege to me and a fantastic opportunity for myself to improve on my game in all aspects. Also the quality of players at the club is always keeping me on my toes and keeping the standard high.

QSN: How has your time with the Rovers improved you as a footballer?

BC: Being with Rovers is a new experience for me. I see it as a step forward for myself in terms of mental and physical attributes and also improving my football skills on and off the pitch. Even though they’re in the BPL, they wouldn’t struggle being a top four side in the NPL.

QSN: What are your personal goals for the remainder of 2016?

BC: To qualify for finals football with Rovers and lift some silverware with the club. We are aiming to finish top top in the BPL and I’m also hoping to be named goalkeeper of the year for the BPL.

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QSN: What are your long term aspirations?

BC: The ultimate goal is to play in the A-League one day which would be a fantastic experience because the league itself is always improving every year. My football dream is to play for Liverpool FC one day in the English Premier League.

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

BC: I would have to go with Matt Mundy, the former Brisbane Roar player. He has had such a positive impact on my football life guiding me through a lot difficult times when I was at Olympic. Playing with him was such a fantastic opportunity.

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

BC: I always go through a video compilation of Iker Casillas who is my favourite goalkeeper. I watch it on my way to each game I play and it really helps motivate myself and maintain my focus.

QSN: What was your most embarrassing moment on the football pitch?

BC: My first year at Brisbane City FC we were playing against Redlands United and it was 0-0 at the time. They played a long through ball and I’ve come charging out to clear it and just air swung and missed the ball completely from which Redlands scored and we ended up losing 1-0.

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

Chocolate milk, metal bands such as ‘Bring Me the Horizon’ and ‘Parkway Drive’, Mac and Cheese, Iker Casillas and Liverpool FC

QSN: Who is your most influential coach or main football influence and why?

BC: Tim Brown. He was our coach the first two years I was with the senior team at Olympic when they won the double. He was the one who gave me the opportunity to play in the senior team and training under him was such a huge influence on my football game.

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

BC: I enjoy hitting the gym in my free time. I’m also really into playing video games so you’ll most likely find me doing that when I’m not at the gym or working as a tiler with my uncle.

QSN: Do you have a passion away from football? 

BC: I honestly just like to focus on my football. However, I am very passionate about my gaming, so studying a Bachelor of Game Design could definitely be on the cards for me in the future.

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

BC: I would probably play rugby. I took a year off football to play union when I was nine and really enjoyed it.

Thanks very much for joining us Brandon and let’s hope you do achieve those goals you’ve set out not only for yourself but also for Rochedale. If Rovers are to finish top two, their match against Easts on the weekend is a must-win. Kickoff is at Underwood Park on Sunday at 3:30pm.

Name: Brandon Cuminao

Nationality : Australian / Chilean

Age : 18

Nickname : Brando

Height : 187cm

Preferred Position: Goal Keeper

Career Highlights:

  • Winning 2013 under 18s NPL Grand Final with the QAS.
  • Senior Debut at 16 for Olympic FC.
  • Playing for the Queensland Academy of Sport.
  • Qualifying for the 2014 FFA Cup and defeating Melbourne Knights 3-1 in the round of 32.
  • Playing and training in England with Liverpool, Everton, Fulham, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.