Thunder news from the agm & Board of directors
- Resignation of Chairman - Mr Jon Haynes
- Resignation from Board of Directors - Mr Peter Munster
- Appointment of Incoming Chairman - Mr Wade Eiser
- Appointment of Sub-committees
SWQ Thunder FC welcomes our new incoming Chairman, Mr Wade Eiser. Wade is a familiar face to many, being a part of SWQ Thunder as a parent and as a respected local business identity. We thank Wade in advance for his willingness to commit to the role of Chairman.
Thunder Express and the Thunder Football Family would like to take this opportunity to thank Jon Haynes (outgoing Chairman) for his tireless efforts and many hours spent running the club. We would also like to thank Jon's wife Shelley and children Tom and Zara for their patience and support during Jon's tenure as Chairman.
Further news from the AGM includes the resignation of Mr Peter Munster from the Board of Directors, whom we also thank for his service and commitment.
The Board of Directors have appointed sub-committees with Jon Haynes as the Junior Club Co-ordinator and Wade Eiser as the Senior Club Co-ordinator. Wade and Jon will work together with the Technical Director to deliver the football program, create the best facilities and attract elite level players and coaches to SWQ Thunder FC.
Please contact Wade and Jon if you have any valuable ideas to improve the Club in 2018.
Benvunuto! Francesco Pellegrini 🇮🇹
🤣 Translation: Welcome! Francesco Pellegrino 🇮🇹
SWQ Thunder FC welcomes Francesco Pellegrini from Italy to the club. Francesco will be visiting for a short time and sharing his time coaching teams, coaching our coaches and assisting at the SWQ Thunder Holiday Clinic. Francesco is a Football Athletic Trainer, he has a Bachelor Degree in Sports and Exercise Science and is a UEFA Coaching Instructor. He specialises in Football Condition & Periodisation and Motor Skill & Co-ordination.
It will be an interesting few weeks for the SWQ Thunder players as they learn new skills and soak up some European training - they may even learn a little bit of Italian!!
The story of Promotion & relegation
Football Queensland has implemented the new 2018 competition for all NPL QLD clubs that now consists of two tiers, NPL & FQPL. A welcome move that brings Football Qld competition in line with other states who have had this model for many years. So how is it going to work? Here is a brief (maybe not so brief) rundown of how the 2018 season will impact on Thunder.
SWQ Thunder FC will continue on in 2018 as we always have. We remain a PS4 NPL club with our junior & senior club participating in the competition. We will notice that apart from the regular teams we have always competed against there are two new additions, Brisbane Lions FC and Mackay & Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United (that's a mouthful!) - so from 12 teams to 14 teams. The MWMC (abbrev.) will only be fielding teams in the Senior competition so juniors will not be expected to travel to the Mackay region (phew!).
All in all Thunder is dedicated to continuing to develop our junior players and continuing to provide a platform for all of our players to participate in the highest level competition available in Queensland.The real difference for all clubs will be in the new promotion/relegation structure that will be implemented at the end of the 2018 season.
The point system used to define the club competition ladder will be an amalgamation of the Senior Club results - so all three Senior teams (U18, U20 Youth, Senior Men). The two NPL clubs on the bottom of the NPL ladder will be relegated into the 2019 FQPL competition, while the two top clubs from FQPL will be promoted to the 2019 NPL competition. This structure will continue on over the seasons with each new season bringing change into the NPL & FQPL competition. Please note that there are ongoing discussions with Football Queensland regarding this structure and changes are still occurring. We will keep you updated of any further outcomes if and when we are notified.
You may ask why the Junior Club is affected by the results of the Senior Club - we must remember that without the Senior SWQ Thunder FC teams there is NO platform for our SWQ Thunder FC Juniors. Football Queensland's licensing requirements hinge upon the Senior Club.
Concerned about relegation? Don't be! Both the NPL & FQPL are strong competitions. The NPL competition is elite level football providing our players with formidable opponents and giving us the opportunity to develop and improve. The FQPL competition will be just as strong in providing an elite level of opponents. Many of the clubs participating in the FQPL come from the Brisbane Premier League (BPL) competition. The BPL has long been considered as an equal to the NPL competition and many Brisbane players chose to play in the BPL over NPL. These players will now be lining up against us whether we are in the NPL OR FQPL.
So what would we like all of Thunder to take away from this explanation! - Don't be concerned it is business as usual for SWQ Thunder FC!
Just as a point of interest to our Thunder Football Family, Football Queensland prepared a "mock up" of which clubs would have been relegated in the 2017 season if the new structure was up and running. SWQ Thunder FC's 2016 season club standing on the ladder was 3rd overall. #wearethunder