Mur'bah footy coach has only one secret to success
ANYTHING is possible.
That's the advice of Murwillumbah Football Club's coach and player David Lonie, a man whose competitive spirit drives his success on and off the field.
From American football to snowboarding, endurance motocross and real estate for Coldwell Bankers, Lonie's love for sport and desire to succeed has proved an asset for the club, contributing to its undefeated minor league premiership win this year.
When asked what compelled him to continue chasing wins on the weekends, Lonie had an easy answer.
"Because I'm so competitive, mate," he said.
"You can say winning's not everything, but I always play to win.
"What I continuously say to the guys is to never doubt themselves - you only get out of life what you put in."
From playing gridiron with the University of California in Berkeley, and briefly with the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers, to testing his soccer skills in London, Lonie has had an array of adventures over the years.
But he's still passionate about soccer, a venture he's tackled since he was introduced to the game by his parents at age four.
"I've always loved playing the game," he said.
"Mum and dad got me into soccer as a kid. I think it's great for the co-ordination of youngsters."
Lonie was hesitant to take credit for the football club's success, despite his 30-year soccer career, instead citing team effort as the crucial factor.
"There's been some great moments, but usually it's attributed to the team," he said.
"I've had some really proud moments over the last couple of seasons."
Supported all the way by his wife Kristen, a fitness model, Lonie has managed to forge a strong career in real estate while juggling a compelling desire to play sport, and play it well.
"I challenge all the young blokes at the club. I'll continue to play as long as I possibly can," he said.
"You can't sit out and expect everything to fall into your lap.
"I want guys playing beside me to have the same attitude; that's what I've tried to put across to the club," Lonie said.
MFC has always tried to gain respect among the larger clubs of the Gold Coast Premier League and Lonie said that was a strong tool for the club.
"We use that as a motivation to dominate on the field," he said. "I think our guys played with a chip on their shoulder all season."
Lonie said despite the ups and the downs of competi- tive sport, it was about enjoying and managing the rollercoaster ride of setbacks and successes.
"I think the biggest thing is that even the greatest athletes in the world can get stuck into a rut and it's really all about how you get out of that rut," he said.
An impressive 18 undefeated games this season implies his team is soaking up his advice with gusto.
MFC drew with Mudgeeraba nil-all to win the Gold Coast Premier League minor premiership on July 27.
They will still compete in the final's series, starting off against Gold Coast at Carrara's Croation Sports Centre today at 3pm.