Thanks to Soccer World, Queensland’s leading boutique football retailer that specialises in a wide range of boots, indoor futsal shoes, turf shoes, we catch up with the Sunshine Coast Fire’s leading scorer to date this season. Learn more about Jeremy Stewart.
QSN: How were you introduced to the game and what was your first junior club?
JS: I was introduced to the game by my older brother Sam. I would tag along and watch his games on the weekends. My first junior club was Buderim United.
QSN: Tell us about your football playing history.
JS: I started playing football at the age of 7 for Buderim United. I continued playing for Buderim United up until under 12s before moving to Maroochydore Football Club. Throughout my schooling I had the opportunity to play for Queensland in the schoolboys competition. I have since played senior mens football at both Buderim Wanderers and Kawana Football Club.
QSN: What opportunities has football given you?
JS: Football has provided me with a number of opportunities including trips to the UK, Scotland and South Korea. During my time in South Korea, I was lucky enough to attend an International Tournament playing against an Under 17 Spain club side as well as the Cameroon and South Korea U17 National teams.
QSN: What are your greatest individual and team moments in football are?
JS: My greatest individual moment would be when I was selected to play for my state in the National Championships.
As a team, it would be winning the 2015 Sunshine Coast Premier League grand final when we were able to come back from 2-1 with 10 men to win 5-3. That was a highlight for me as I was able to contribute with a hat-trick and we did it with such a good group of players.
QSN: You have recently returned from serious injury, how is your return to the pitch progressing?
JS: I have been very lucky across my playing career with minimal injuries. At the beginning of the year I tore my hamstring and was on the sidelines for a number of weeks. My return to the pitch has been progressing to full fitness and I hope for an uninterrupted run to the end of the season.
QSN: Sunshine Coast Fire are in somewhat of a resurgence with some good results in recent times. How do you assess your team’s performances?
JS: At the beginning of our season, we lost our coach and a bit of direction. With the arrival of (coaches) Sam Saif and Paul Edwards, the squad made up of both younger and experienced players are starting to gel. Over the past few weeks, we have been able to put some wins together and shown that the hunger continues to develop and threaten the top sides.
With the direction of Sam, Paul and captain Paul Mikula, we hope to press for a finals position. Even though we have left our run a little late, hopefully we can continue our momentum into an uninterrupted pre-season for 2017.
QSN: What are your personal goals for the remainder of 2016?
JS: Personally I would like to continue my goal scoring run and contribute to the team momentum for the remainder of the season.
QSN: What are your long term playing aspirations and plans for life after football?
JS: I’m heavily involved with coaching in the West Ham Oceania Football Academy and hope to continue with George Cowie in the development of younger players. With this experience, it provides me with opportunities to work with various high profile coaches around Australia and from West Ham United.
With my Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science and Post Graduate studies to become a secondary school teacher, I can utilise my skills and knowledge to mentor students in physical education, in particular football and futsal.
QSN: You are local with plenty of experience and knowledge of the local football scene, what is your assessment on the state of the game on the Sunshine Coast?
JS: The Sunshine Coast region has always been regarded as an area for developing top footballers. From watching the younger players across the Sunshine Coast, it is evident that the game is continuing to grow and develop across both genders.
QSN: Who is the best player you have played with or against in your career?
JS: I have played with or against a number of quality players. Josh Brilliante who has recently signed for Sydney FC has stood out the most for me during my time playing against Wide Bay and alongside him the QLD team.
QSN: Time for 5 rapid fire questions! Your favourite drink, music, food, football idol and which football club do you support?
JS: Chocolate milk, Pop/dance, Roast meal, West Ham United & Liverpool.
QSN: Who is your most influential coach or main football influence and why?
JS: I’ve had a lot of good coaches and have been inspired by a lot of good players. My most influencing coach and football influence away from the pitch would be George Cowie. Cowie provided me with the opportunity to play senior football at the age of 16 and now coach in the West Ham program here in Australia.
QSN: What do you do with yourself away from the football pitch?
JS: Off the pitch, I work as a Secondary School Physical Education teacher and enjoy following most other sports.
QSN: If you weren’t a footballer, what other sport would you play?
JS: I have played a number of other sports including both volleyball and futsal at a state level and AFL. If I wasn’t continuing to play football, I would enjoy the challenge of playing AFL.
Thanks very much for taking time out for us Jeremy and who knows, the Fire might be able to sneak in for another finals appearance.
This Sunday sees one of the traditional rivals in state football add another chapter. The Fire host Brisbane Strikers with plenty on the line for both sides. Kickoff is 2pm at the Sunshine Coast Stadium.
Name: Jeremy Stewart
Nationality : Australian
Age : 22
Nickname : Jezza
Height : 183cm
Preferred Position: Striker
- 2016 – NPL QLD – Sunshine Coast FC
- 2014-15 – Sunshine Coast Premier League – Kawana Football Club
- 2011-13 – Sunshine Coast Premier League – Buderim Wanderers Football Club
- 2010 – Sunshine Coast Junior – Maroochydore Football Club
- 2006-2010 – Queensland Representative (Club/School)