David Wigley (Left) and Christian Knight (Right)
Every week throughout the season just gone, David Wigley and Christian Knight teamed up to bring you the news. Both had a simple brief, tell us what’s happening in community football, CPL and NPL.
In newspaper language, the position would be called, Editor-at-Large. What’s clear is that David and Christian have a large love of the game. Football on the north coast is all the better for it.
David told us about his love of the world game.
“I like the local communities, like the people, like the people on the sidelines, like the games. I like the pre-match chat. I like the enthusiasm, well, like the crowds, I like everything about it.”
Over the year, David’s covered everything from the under-sixes to over 35’s with some 60 years plus players.
“I like seeing the types of football. Their teams play. Different teams by a different brand of football. And they all play quite a good possession type game of football. And I like seeing the young fellows come through as well.
“I love seeing players make the transition from juniors to wherever and sort of fitting in and seeing how they compare and watching them develop.”
David also has an eye for talent.
“I enjoyed watching the two Field brothers in the Tigers. They’re very aggressive in the sense that they love to go forward. They like to go past the player, and they love to do something.
“A young guy from Coffs United, Mabior Garang, was really good. He’s a big fellow, got good pace, good attitude. He’s also got a good shot on him.
“It was great to watch Christian Mirindi from Northern Storm. I love him on the left wing. He’s always looking to do something with the ball.
“Boambee’s Mitch Brewster in the middle of the park is a good watch too.”
“In NPL, David singled out Alice Webster from the 15’s for mention.
“Alice Webster played some really good matches at left back, pretty much against all boys.
“She didn’t look as if she was out of place in any way and her touch is good. She has good passing, good vision and can understand any game”.
Christian shares David’s love of local football.
“It’s all about the people. I really enjoyed the unheard of or the uncelebrated backstories that different people in our game have.
“I think finding out those sorts of things really helps, as does having different voices across this season. I really enjoy grassroots football sort of things”.
In CPL, Christian is predicting big things from Sawtell in the years ahead.
“In the CPL, I really enjoyed watching the progress of Sawtell. They’ve got so much young talent coming through. It will be interesting to watch the evolution over the next two years”.
Have a great off-season lads! Enjoy the A-Leagues and EPL!