The Urunga Women’s Football Team has gained the reputation as ‘a force to be reckoned with’ and this is in no small way due to their dedicated but extremely humble coach Trevor Martin. “There are no real secrets to the success of our team. As coach, I believe in having a clear picture of how you want the game to be played- the style and approach. A clear philosophy is very important and then I guess being able to communicate that picture and set up coaching sessions that reinforce it, correcting as you go- that’s the key,” says Trevor.
The girls recently won the Challenge Cup at Nambucca for the sixth year running, the past 5 of these years under the coaching prowess of Trevor. We decided to explore the success of this team and their beloved coach.
Trevor what is your football background?
I began playing in Sydney when I was 8 and stayed with the same club unitl moving up here. Ive played most of my adult football in first division/premier league but now its all coaching other than social 6 aside or over 35’s.
Is there a story behind your involvement with the Urunga Women’s Football?
I had become involved with Urunga junior players who were part of the represenatative State Youth league team that I was coaching. Urunga Football Club approached me to take over the women’s team and I’ve never looked back.
What makes a great team?
I think its important for teams to have a desire to improve and to be prepared and open to change if necessary. Big ego’s can be difficult to manage.
What goes with that is the realisation that the group or team is bigger than the individual and so the approach is then supportive across the board. The old adage there is no “I” in team is true.
What have been the team’s major successes so far?
We’ve won the Challenge Cup at Nambucca for the last 6 years and we make the finals series in the NCF Women’s Premier League every year, although to date we haven’t reached the grand final. Although we’ve been very close!
Personally I look at success in terms of progress and I believe that even though we havn’t always brought home a trophy the team plays at the highest standard in the local competition. For me that is success, the trophies will come.
How significant was their win at the 41st Challenge Cup recently in Nambucca?
The Challenge Cup is a great tournament- we love competing there and we always do well. Although it is an indicator of how the team is shaping up, it is a small sided tournament which is very different to full field 11 a side football.
What is the team’s goal this year?
We want to keep getting better ! Obviously we’ll be expecting to win the competition and the grand final. That is always our intent.
The Urunga Women’s Football team has a reputation for being quite brilliant. Can you give us your coaching secrets?
I’m glad to hear that we have that reputation. The girls all work hard at their game and it’s the dedication and focus on our football philosophy that creates our successes.
So do you have a favourite or most effective training drill?
There is no one drill that addresses all the components of football. I try to set up sessions that reflect a certain moment in a game and to make them as game-real as possible.
I might start with a warm-up with players in a certain shape and build on that, until you end up with a small game in the part of the pitch that your focused on, with players in their game-day positions.
Your best memory of childhood was?
Way too many!
Your best sporting moment was?
Scoring an equaliser in the last 5 minutes of a grand final to take us into extra time and an eventual win.
What would you like to be remembered for?
Helping people grow and move forward, both in football and life in general.
What really annoys you?
How do you relax?
Music, being on the beach, playing my guitar and time in the garden.
The previous career you wish you could forget?
Accounting and being locked in an office.
Favourite holiday destination & why?
Europe- because of its history.
In the Movie Trevorgate, who would play you?
Italian actor Alessandro Gassman
See if you can tell them apart!!