Newsletter Edition 3/2016


Brisbane Strikers eNews Edition 2 / 2016

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Hello all and welcome to the third edition of the club electronic newsletter.  We certainly hope that you are finding the articles and information in these interesting and relevant and we certainly welcome any feedback, comments or suggestions on the content. Please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at

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Bruce Dinsdale

As of 3pm Wednesday, 30 June, Brisbane Strikers will play Rovers Darwin FC with a time, date & venue yet to be advised.

The mental aspects of playing football are recognised as being key components in player performance.  Consequently as part of our junior development program the Brisbane Strikers High Performnce Unit have collaborated with the University of Queensland to build a ‘Psychological Skills Training Program’ for ages, Under 12 through to Under 16. 

Andrew Kennedy, provisional psychologist who is completing a Master of Applied Psychology in Sport and Exercise will be working with us for the remainder of the season.

Andrew’s role at the club over the coming months is two fold.  Firstly Andrew will design and deliver the mental skills training program, which is specifically designed to target the needs of each age group, and will additionally complement the Football Federation Australia National Coaching Curriculum. It is the overall aim of the mental skills training program to provide players with a range of psychological strategies that they can use to enhance their performance on the football pitch and in their general day-to-day activities. 

Teams have already met, or are in the process of meeting, with Andrew to commence the program and working with junior players.  

As far as we are aware, we are the only NPL club to offer such a program and the opportunity for players to work free of charge with a psychologist  so we urge you to take the opportunity to speak with Andrew to help enhance your or your son’s development.

Recover like a pro.

Over the weekend I completed my regular 5km run in good time and was on a high. The next day it was a different story. I woke up and struggled to walk 5m, let alone 5km, without feeling soreness in muscles I didn’t know I had – which is strange, as I am a physiotherapist and I know a lot of muscles! It got me thinking about techniques that would benefit myself and the footballers I work with to optimise recovery, aside from the usual suggestion from Strikers hard man Greig Henslee: “just take a teaspoon of cement and get on with it!”

Below are some common recovery strategies I have discovered during my time working with both the North Queensland Fury and the Brisbane Roar in the A-League, and the current evidence on these techniques. 

Cold water immersion
The dreaded ice bath would strike fear into most professional footballers I have worked with during my time in the A-League. Ice baths are believed to have a positive effect on reducing perceptions of muscle soreness and reducing inflammation. A study of 32 professional football clubs across Europe found 88% of all teams use some form of ice bath recovery regime post games for similar reasons. The recommended time in an ice bath can vary between 2 to 15 minutes and the temperature can vary between 12 to 15 degrees Celsius depending on the individual’s tolerance. There are several benefits with using an ice bath but always remember if you see a penguin swim past it may be a little too cold!

Compression garments 
Skins, Linebreak, 2XU, Under Armour and Total Compression are all examples of brands that make a variety of compression garments. It is believed compression garments assist with increasing blood flow and the removal of waste products, while decreasing inflammation and the perception of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). There is still yet to be any solid evidence that this actually occurs but further studies are continuing. Despite this, most professional clubs use compression wear and it is a recommended tool to use, especially while travelling and post training/games.  

What you put in your mouth post game is considered to be one of the main factors in enhancing your recovery. The same study of 32 professional football teams found up to 97% of clubs believe this has a major effect on maximising recovery. It is suggested to drink 1.2 to 1.5L of fluid for each kg of weight lost during the game, over the next 6 hours following a game. Rapid ingestion of carbohydrates, proteins and amino acids during the next 24 to 72 hours post match is also important. Examples of drinks that are used at the A-League level include Gatorade and Powerade. Chocolate milk and/or berry juice post match have also been popular choices due to the benefits of improving hydration and providing some of the recommended carbohydrates, proteins and amino acids. A well balance meal that includes some form of protein such as read meat, fish, chicken with carbohydrates such as pasta, rice, bread with vegetables are ideal meals to maximize your recovery and are better choices than the classic trip through the drive thru under the “golden arches”.

Active recovery
Active recovery, more commonly termed the ‘warm down’, includes stretching, light intensity exercise and a range of movement activities. These are aimed to assist with reducing lactic acid and restoring the body’s range of movement. There have been several studies that have shown this has very little effect on an individual’s ability to recover well and increase a player’s performance. Despite this, many professional clubs to this day still utilise active recovery as part of their programs and have found it effective with maximising recovery. So the verdict is still out on the benefits, but if there is time available I will generally recommend some form of active recovery.

Most professional footballers I have worked with enjoy a massage the day after a game. The professional clubs I’ve worked with saw massage being beneficial in reducing inflammation and decreasing muscle soreness. However, there is very limited research that supports this. There is some evidence that shows it can increase the individual’s perception of recovery. What this means is the actual effects of massage on the body are still inconclusive but the players report they feel much better post massage. Whether massage is of benefit to you will be subject to individual preference, time and cost.

Getting a good night’s sleep is arguably the most important factor in maximising recovery post games, with 95% of the 32 professional European teams studied believing sleep was a crucial component to recovery. Sleep can assist not only the body’s physical ability to recover properly but has also been associated with mental recovery. It has been found players who have a good night’s sleep have better decision-making skills, improved learning and experience a positive effect on mood. It is widely recommended to have 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep. So when you wake the next morning after your game when the sun rises, don’t feel guilty about pulling the covers over your head and having a bit of a sleep in. 

As you can see, there are a variety of different approaches to maximise your recovery and not all strategies used in professional clubs have been scientifically proven to have a clear positive effect on your recovery. Despite the variety in strategies and the mixed evidence, the take-home message is you choose your recovery strategies based on what you can do regularly and effectively. Consistency is far more important than finding the perfect recovery program. Remember a GOOD program that you DO is better than a PERFECT program that you DON’T DO!

Below is an example of the Brisbane Strikers first team Recovery Protocol post matches:

  • Active recovery (warm down)
  • Scales (used to calculate how much hydration is required to maximise recovery for each individual player)
  • Hydration (sports drinks/water)
  • Ice bath
  • Compression garments
  • Nutrition (post-match meal)
  • Sleep

If you would like further information on how to get the most out of these recovery strategies or would like to book an appointment with Luis, feel free to send him a message on where he will be happy to assist. 


Get Athletic “Physiotherapy for Athletes”

Since the inclusion of the SAP we have gone from 4 carnivals across the year to now participating in 6 carnivals where all SAP licensees are required to attend in both Under 10’s and Under 11’s. The carnivals are formatted in a 9 v 9 set up for the purpose of the Skill Acquisition Phase and it’s objectives.
They are a great opportunity for the players to express their individual qualities against other talented players in a competitive environment where the focus is on developing not on the results”.

“During the carnivals we have a preference of rotating the players in different positions so that they are faced with different challenges and decisions which we believe to be more beneficial for the players development at this age and during this phase. It is important to us that we give the players the freedom to make their own decisions on the field and then give them the necessary guidance and information only when required. If the players are always being told what to do or where to go they will never learn to think for themselves and solve problems on the field


Well done Steff!

At our recent home match v Northern Fury, we welcomed one of Strikers favourite sons back to Perry Park . Brisbane Strikers wished to recognise the recent retirement from professional football of one of the club’s favourite sons, Shane Stefanutto, who exemplifies the spirit and will to succeed that is the hallmark of all true champions.

His career statistics are true testimony to Shane’s class and longevity.

Originally from Cairns and the Edge Hill junior club, Shane’s family relocated to Brisbane where he trained at the Queensland Academy of Sport before playing for the Brisbane Strikers in the National Soccer League from 1998–2004.

During his time with Brisbane Strikers he played 124 Matches (1 goal) and also worked for the club in various junior and school development roles.

He transferred overseas to Lillestrøm in Norway in 2004 until his contract expired at the end of the 2007 season, and he played for Lyn Oslo in the 2008 season.

Returning home to Australia, he signed for North Queensland Fury  in August 2009. He sustained a potentially season-ending knee injury in a match against Perth Glory but in April 2010, signed a contract with the Brisbane Roar, which would see him play there for the next six seasons. He appeared in 134 Hyundai A-League games for Brisbane. 

Shane announced his retirement from professional football on 30 April 2016 at the end of the 2015–16 A-League season. His trophy cabinet includes Norwegian Cup winners  medal, 3 x A-league Championship medals, 2 x A-league Premierships, 3 Socceroo caps between 2007 and 2009.

We at the Brisbane Strikers wish Shane, his wife Tammy and their family all the best from here on in as we congratulate Shane on a wonderful career full of achievements and unforgettable memories.

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Reid sets the bar high for under 14’s

If this year’s Brisbane Strikers Under-14s players think living up to coach John Reid’s expectations is difficult they probably have good reason. But if they stick with it, the struggle should be worth it. 

That’s because Reid is not the sort of coach who settles for so-so.  He sets his bar high and expects his players to strive to jump over it.  And he expects them to play the Strikers’ way.

Many years of developmental coaching, including three and a half years of PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues coaching with Brisbane Strikers, mean that he is as qualified as anyone to talk about combining the Strikers’ football philosophy with FFA’s National Curriculum coaching principles. 

“A couple of years ago Dave (Large) and I sat down and we said ‘what should be our style of play?’” said Reid last week.

“I suggested an aggressive, attacking style of football, dominating possession of the ball and being the aggressor to take the ball forward and try and score goals at every opportunity.  That fell in line with what Dave was thinking about as well”.

Reid said one of the key principles he was trying to get across to his players concerned the direction of their passing while playing possession football.

“How I want football to be played is not with too many square passes,” he said.

“The square pass is a dangerous pass and my kids have been punished for it all season.  Right from the outset we said we don’t want to play any square balls in our half of the field, and we have done, and lost goals.  So it’s been a good learning curve for them.

“I’d rather not play the ball square fifty times.  I’d rather go back or forward forty-eight times, because you are going somewhere.  The best way to play the ball forward is to get the ball coming back to you because there’s less pressure on you and you can make a better decision”.

Reid said the emphasis in the Strikers’ program in coaching the Under-14s is to start teaching them “job descriptions in the shape of the team and roles and responsibilities in attacking and defending, so that they get a complete education on the function of the team and the roles of the players within it”.

However, technique remained an important part of the players’ development in this pivotal year that combines the skills factor with the quest to mesh all the individual parts of a team into an effectively functioning whole.

“We spend a lot of time on technique,” Reid said.  “Because even at the highest level, in the international teams I’ve been watching this week, they are all spending time with technique.

“It’s a key part of being successful as a player – getting better outcomes.  So we spend a lot of time on technique, especially in the recovery sessions on a Monday.  We try to limit the intensity and focus on technical skills and a little bit of relaxation and recovery before we build it up again for the next game”.

With the season heading into its last couple of months Reid said his players were beginning to make progress in absorbing and implementing the information he has been imparting.

“Since the Western Pride game, and last weekend against (SWQ) Thunder, everything is starting to fall into place in certain areas,” Reid said.  “One of my players had his best ever game (against Thunder).  So there is a lot more confidence growing in the team, everybody is starting to read from the same page and I think we’re looking to be more consistent between now and the end of the season.

“I’m really pleased with the way we’ve turned a few average performances around to two very good performances”.

But Reid said there was still plenty of room for improvement between now and season’s end.

“I think the one area that everyone can improve in, and what everyone is crying out for, is scoring goals,” Reid said.  

“We don’t spend enough time as a finishing school getting quality in the cross, timing runs, combining our play in the front third and taking good chances when they come along.

“We’ve shown the kids lots of footage of counter-attacking goals, build-up play goals, and they’ve seen professional teams do it.  But because of the training cycle and programs that we’re working on I can’t really say I’m going to go off on the next six training sessions and focus just on finishing in the box.

“So what we have to do is build midfield through, bring in wingers and then culminate in the last week of that cycle in supplying balls into the ‘nine’ and ‘ten’ for goal chances”.

Reid is often an animated coach in the technical area on game day, tending to get more vocally involved than most other juniors coaches at the club.  He said this was a requirement dictated by the personnel within his squad rather than a reflection of his personal style.

“With this squad I’ve got a very quiet group,” Reid said.  “They lack communication so I’ve constantly had to remind them of what their job is and where they should be.

“Having said that, over the last couple of games everybody is taking more responsibility and understanding that communication is a huge part of support play.

“But I don’t like to see things that we’re working on in training being overlooked in games.  When we’ve been working on a theme through the week, if they drift away from the theme I quickly remind them and get them back on track,” he concluded with a laugh.

While Reid said he had some reservations about the standard of the football being produced in this year’s Under-14s competition, compared with that of the previous three seasons, he also had no doubt the competition had plenty of good players.

His own squad, he said, was no exception.

“In each of the groups that I’ve had (since 2013) there’s been a core of three or four players that will progress within the club, or can progress outside of the club.  Last year two went on to Brisbane Roar and one of them has gone and trialled overseas.  I see this group as no different”.  

Reid said that in order for them to progress in their development over the remainder of the 2016 season he wanted his players to consistently replicate some new qualities they have shown recently.

“We’ve put the emphasis on dominating possession over the last three or four weeks, and we’ve done that in the two games that we’ve just recently played – we’ve dominated our opponent by keeping the ball,” Reid said.

“The biggest change that I’ve seen in the culture of the team is to be more competitive.  The little ones have become more aggressive and more competitive and that’s leading to us maintaining possession.  At the beginning of the season the smaller boys were getting knocked off the ball, not competing enough, but now they are really aggressive and we are a different side.

“I want to see these kids go on with it.  If, in our competition, Brisbane City are the yardstick then we’ve already outplayed them for one half.  We want to go on and outplay them for the full game.

“They are a good side – they’ll have the majority of the state team from there, so that’s got to be our yardstick – to go and give them another good game of football.” 


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