Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

LEADING SPIRIT WITH PASSION; Drinkeld Primed to Tackle Challenge

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

LEADING SPIRIT WITH PASSION; Drinkeld Primed to Tackle Challenge

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Byline: DAVID LEMS

Key role

Western Spirit Division 1 coach Stewart Drinkeld

Football background: Played with Goodna, Brisbane and Queensland Lions, Brisbane Strikers and Ipswich Knights, including stint as captain in Premier League; assistant coach Queensland Lions; Ipswich Grammar School football coach.

Occupation: Head of Department Health and Physical Education at Ipswich Girls' Grammar School.

Family man: Married to Julie, children Lachlan, Roseanna and Lucas.

Coaching strategy: C[pounds sterling]It's all going to be with the ball. None of this running around the field old school stuff that's been done in the past. We're moving on to a more tactical and technical coaching role.C[yen]

TURNING 33 today, Stewart Drinkeld still looks fit enough to play in Division 1.

However, the former Ipswich Knights captain has ruled out returning to the field next season.

He has a new goal to fulfil.

Having been appointed Western Spirit's Division 1 coach for 2012, Drinkeld is focused on putting some of his vast footballing knowledge back into a regional club.

C[pounds sterling]It hasn't been a priority for the last couple of years,C[yen] Drinkeld said, having enjoyed some time away from football.

C[pounds sterling]Now I've got an opportunity to get back into coaching again.

C[pounds sterling]It's a passion of mine so I really want to get into it.C[yen]

With a young family at Springfield Lakes, Drinkeld said the timing of his Goodna-based appointment was excellent.

C[pounds sterling]It's really close to home so it's a big benefit,C[yen] the former Premier League midfielder said.

C[pounds sterling]And it's always good to give back to Ipswich football.

C[pounds sterling]Ipswich football has been going quite well but I'd like to see it progress further.C[yen]

The look in Drinkeld's eye reveals a determination he possessed as a highly respected footballer. …

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