Early signs good: new Fire coach

The new Gympie Fire under-19 assistant coach is Andrew Catton from Hervey Bay.
The new Gympie Fire under-19 assistant coach is Andrew Catton from Hervey Bay. Craig Warhurst

ANDREW Catton is the new assistant coach of the Gympie Fire football side and today he goes one-on-one with the Gympie Times.

Q. Congratulations Andrew on just being appointed the new assistant coach of the Gympie Fire. How did you come to get the position?

A. I had been talking to Richard Hudson (current Fire head coach) on the phone about organising another trial match between a Hervey Bay under-19 side and the Gympie Fire.

He told me he was after an assistant coach for the Gympie Fire and asked if I was interested. I put in my resume and got the job.

Q. So you are still based in Hervey Bay, how is the travelling going?

A. Yeah, I travel to Gympie to coach the boys. The trip on the way down is okay. I do a bit of work with Wide Bay football here. The trip home is a bit long.

Q. You have been on the job for four weeks now, how are you finding the team?

A. They are a good bunch of kids. We have just cut the squad down to 17 from 30. The early signs are looking good for the team. We have just secured some new signings for the club with plenty of experience.

Q. So who are they and who else should Fire fans look out for this season?

A. The first signing is Brady Cronk from Tasmania who has already had a run in the senior Fire side on the weekend. He is looking good.

There is Brady Watt who has played with the Strikers and Justin Weise from the Bundaberg Spirit.

They are the three big signings.

On top of that we have Jarrod Healey, Grant Luhrs and a handy goalkeeper by the name of Josh Dennis.

Q. So what coaching experience do you have?

A. I have just completed a C licence - that's the first step on the advanced coaching pathway.

I have been coaching for about eight years. I have coached Wide Bay level for about four years, mainly with the 13 and 14 years age groups.

In Hervey Bay, I have coached both senior and youth sides up there.

I am more interested in youth and junior development, that's why the Fire job appealed to me. I like to work with kids and try to progress them forward.

Q. What are your goals for the Fire this year.

A. In my mind, I just want them to be competitive and play a good style of football that people will want to come and watch.

To be honest, I think we have the team to do that this year.

Q. Richard Hudson is the head coach of the Fire. How do you two work together?

A. Richard is also the coach of the Fire senior side so when the games clash I will run the under-19 side.

Richard has been good and open with me. It has been an equal input into the side.He is a good coach and I have picked up a lot off Richard already. He was another reason I was attracted to the role.

A lot of people said how good he was and for me to progress as a coach, Richard is a great person to learn off.


Player profile

Name: Andrew Catton

Age: 25

Born: Gosford, New South Wales

Favourite food: Pasta

Favourite TV program: Simpsons

Favourite music: Rock, modern stuff

Sport you would play if not football: Cricket, rugby league, union and touch.

Funniest moment in sport: None that is appropriate.

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