Q & A with Logan's Chris Turner
Logan Brothers, a club rich in community values and hard work, is home to the Leprechauns who play out of Civic Park in the Logan suburb of Woodridge.
Formerly known as Brothers St Pauls, the club changed their name in 1996 to its current title. With a club solely run by the generosity of its volunteers, the firm foundations of the club ensure that their junior base is well looked after and provides a strong foothold within the Logan area for aspiring and up and coming players.
The open 1 team who play in the XXXX Brisbane Second Division have been a shining light in the competition in 2014, winning nine-straight games earlier in the year on their way to finishing second on the ladder.
With Former Easts Tigers’ Intrust Super Cup Coach Jason Gainey at the helm, the nucleus of his side are made up of tireless captain Glen Salter, dynamic fullback Ono Sa’oialo, rampaging prop Terry Kepu but one player that has stood out and has been solid all year is workhorse lock Chris Turner.
It is not hard to spot Chris out on the field with his heavily tattooed body, however it’s not the body art that is being noticed, but is his concrete like defence that make him one of the stand out forwards in the competition.
Mike Simpson caught up with Chris Turner for a Q & A recently:
Q. How long have you been playing for Logan Brothers?
A. This is my first season at Logan. I was previously playing with Greenbank and I am a Greenbank Junior.
Q. What’s the best thing about the Logan Brothers Club?
A. The camaraderie and the coach. All the boys are pretty close and the coach Jason Gainey is a good coach as well.
Q. Was losing the Ted Beaumont Trophy against Bulimba a disappointment, or a wakeup call to finish the season strongly?
A. A bit of both actually. We just didn’t turn up on the day and got beaten by the better side. Full credit to Bulimba they wanted it more. It was definitely a wakeup call for sure.
Q. Has missing out on representative teams this season frustrated you, or made you more hungry and determined?
A. It hasn’t really frustrated me, more so made me more determined. I definitely want to play rep footy at some stage.
Q. What do you put the earlier run of nine straight games down to?
A. The coach and the boys having a go each week. Being a close knit side we go out there and play with confidence.
Q. Has Jason Gainey been a blessing for Logan Brothers?
A. Absolutely. He has brought a lot of experience to the club being an ex-Intrust Super Cup coach and is probably the best coach I have played under.
Q. You seem to lead the pack in terms of your physical defence, is defence your best weapon out on the field?
A. Yeah I like getting in there and having a go. I try to work on my defence and like the hard stuff out there. I just love playing alongside my teammates.
Q. What are your thoughts on the second division comp? Were you aware it’s the biggest amateur league comp in the world?
A. I love it. It’s a pretty tight comp. There are no easy games. I wasn’t aware of it being the biggest comp, that’s pretty cool.
Q. Who is the team to beat in 2014 and Why?
A. Bulimba. Every time we have played them, they are just so tough. Wynnum are definitely there, but Bulimba are just so hard to beat.
Q. Lastly I have to ask about your body art. You’re pretty heavily inked and appear to be intimidating out on the field, are you a target for other players?
A. Ha ha! Nah mate I wouldn’t say I am a target; I just go out there and play footy. The reason I have so many tatts is because my mate is a tattooist!