09 Jul Corio’s Liam Duffy remains upbeat
It has been a very tough year at Corio for the footy team, but one young player has a clear view of the horizon ahead and a positive outlook to match. Liam Duffy is a first year player with the Devils, lured by the challenge offered to him by his good mate Toby Bennett, son of club coach Darren.
18 year old Liam was raised in Western Australia at Kalgoorlie and arrived in this region in 2011 and played his junior football at Torquay. He originally thought of taking some time off from football, after his final year in the under 17 team last year, but Toby convinced him that Corio would be an ideal new winter home. “I was very nervous when I first arrived, but the guys were fantastic and I soon felt at home.” he said.
The tall, athletic midfielder has settled well into the senior team, but is well aware of the tough task the team faces each week to just be competitive. He has been thrilled with the support he receives from his coach, giving him the latitude to play a non-restrictive, see ball get ball game in the midfield.
“He has been fantastic for us this year, probably in the best players in every game he’s played and just a great kid to coach,” his proud coach declared. “He is one of the young group that set high standards for themselves and the team and they are already talking about how we can improve next year. The young players are a joy to coach and they are helping to set new standards within the team.”
Liam has a very philosophical view of the position his team is in and it’s tough some weeks, but his eyes are firmly on making the place better. “We do have a hard time on the ground trying to keep the spirits up, but off the ground we get along well and realise we are all in it together and we just have to keep at it every game.” he said “ We work hard on just one quarter at a time and try hard to improve each game. We worked so hard in a quarter to keep Werribee to just two goals and that was a big win that we could all share. The little things are so important for the group to celebrate.”
While things all appear doom and gloom at Corio FNC from the outside, the spirit within is still quite vibrant. Thursday nights are very well attended, the A Grade netball are continuing to show improvement and the bank balance of the club is looking healthy. The planning for 2020 is well underway and young Liam Duffy has put himself firmly in the middle of it all. The Devils are certainly heading in the right direction.