LAST YEAR’S GRAND FINAL: Nambour Yandina's David Vermeulen and Kawana's Ryan Smith. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.
LAST YEAR’S GRAND FINAL: Nambour Yandina's David Vermeulen and Kawana's Ryan Smith. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.

Reds driven by grand final defeat

FOOTBALL: Nambour Yandina United coach Korey Nix says last year’s painful grand final loss is motivating them to claim a breakthrough title.

The Reds – a joint venture formed in 1997 – came close to capturing their first piece of silverware when they were beaten by Kawana.

But Nix said the defeat had energised them and he hoped they would have the chance to win a trophy this season, which has been postponed due to COVID-19.

“We said the minute we didn’t quite get over the line last year that we’d take inspiration from it,” Nix said.

“We had an unbelievable year as a group of players and as club and our aim is to go one better.

“Definitely, our focus is on getting over the line and hopefully we do manage to get a season in.”

But the Reds will likely chase the regular season trophy this year, after Sunshine Coast Football this week announced plans to scrap finals, because of the time already lost.

Nix believed Nambour Yandina had a threatening squad.

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They showed some encouraging signs in FFA Cup games earlier in the year, including a 6-5 win over Brisbane Premier League outfit Brisbane Knights.

“We’ve kept a good core (from last year) and have a lot of new guys coming in,” he said.

Jacob Fulluck is tipped to provide them with firepower.

“I’ve been a big admirer of Jacob ever since I got here (five years ago),” Nix said.

“He went to Melbourne and had a successful spell there, but injuries have hampered him and now he’s looking to come back and get some games under his belt and score some goals.

“He’s one of, if not the best strikers on the Coast.”

Alex Barlow should also bolster the Reds, after previously helping Noosa to become a juggernaut.

“He is one of the best players on the Coast, without a doubt,” Nix said.

“Not just for what he brings on the pitch, but for his experience.

“He is a wealth of knowledge.”

Ewan Gordon, who was captain of the Sunshine Coast Wanderers under-16s, is also set to boost the side, as should Bailey Salisbury, who has played for Sunshine Coast Fire and Olympic FC at under-20s level.

The premier men’s competition features 10 teams.

Nambour was previously involved in the competition before it merged with Yandina, since 1974, without success.



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