Chris Maher To Lead Brisbane Strikers This Weekend

Mar 15, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers fullback Chris Maher will revel in his additional responsibility this weekend as he captains the team for the first time.

The 27-year-old will don the captain’s armband on Saturday night at Perry Park as he covers as on-field leader for the injured Jake McLean in the National Premier Leagues clash against his former club, Lions FC.

The elevation for the fan-favourite comes as Brisbane Strikers look to overturn a three-match winless run while also seeking to notch their first home win of the season.

Maher said he is looking forward to leading the side onto the pitch against the defending National Premier Leagues Queensland Premiers and Champions.

“The circumstances with Jake being out aren’t the best but it will certainly be an honour to throw the armband on,” Maher said.

“I have been involved with the club for a number of years and I will do my best for the team but it has also been a while since I was a captain.”

“The last time was when I captained the Strikers Under 19’s in the old Queensland State League and we had a good year that year, so hopefully that’s a good sign.”

Despite spending the past few years away from Perry Park, Maher returned for a sixth season with Strikers in the summer, saying he was looking to build on his previous Premiership winning campaigns with the club in the Queensland State League and National Premier Leagues.

Maher’s dedication to the club and understanding of its traditions came to the fore last weekend against the visiting Moreton Bay United – another sign that augers well for his tenure as skipper.

“We always start at the northern end of the field and last week Moreton Bay went to that end before kick-off and I really wasn’t having that,” he explained.

“It fired me up a little bit because whenever a team comes to our ground then I believe we are the ones that dictate what happens.”

That assertiveness set the stage for Brisbane Strikers to deliver a promising nil-all draw last weekend and Maher said the team is eager to build on that return after dropping their previous two matches.

“We’ve done a lot of work this week on how we want to play and we know our jobs,” Maher said.

“We took a lot from the last game and we are all confident regardless of the injuries in the team. It’s such a long season now and we all know how important having that depth in the squad is.”

“The younger boys can see they are being given a shot and they are building in confidence and they really want to make the most of that in the games.”

Maher added that lining up against a former club is a spur that most footballers feel and he will be no different this weekend.

“I didn’t leave Lions on bad terms by any means but you always want to do well against your former club,” he explained.

“They had a successful season last year and you always want to get a win against the teams that have performed above you.”

“So I’ve passed on some insights from last year because there haven’t been that many changes to their team but that’s just my two cents’ worth – our coaches have done plenty of their own analysis too and we are well prepared.”

Brisbane Strikers were shut-out in both meetings with Lions FC last season, including a 1-0 defeat at Perry Park in the corresponding fixture.

Match Details

National Premier Leagues Queensland
Round 7
Brisbane Strikers v Lions FC
Saturday, March 16 @ 6:00PM
Perry Park, Bowen Hills
Entry – $5 Adults, Free for Under 16’s


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