Calm Cronk a key to run of success
YOU could point to many reasons for Wide Bay Revolution under-18 team's sudden burst of success, but coach Andrew Catton has credited the leadership qualities of captain Joshua Cronk for the team's revival.
The Revolution maintained its late-season resurgence with a 7-0 thumping of Moreton Bay Jets at Wolter Park on Sunday to make it three wins in its last five matches.
Just as he has done throughout his entire career, Cronk has continued to improve his leadership skills every step of the way through his first foray in the National Premier League competition.
The 17-year-old's form has remained rock solid through the 17 games this season, culminating with his first goal of the year against the Jets.
But Catton paid tribute to Cronk for how he has led his players through a difficult start to the year, which saw them win just two of their first 12 matches.
"We've been going well lately and I have got to give a lot of credit to Cronky for that," he said.
"He's a calming influence on the team and a good leader, and if you look at the way we've been playing during our most successful period, he hasn't taken a backward step.
"I think he learnt a lot last year at the (Gympie) Fire in terms of how to do things and how to go about things.
"Me and him have worked a lot on how to get certain messages across to the boys and from that he has developed well as a player and as a leader."
The Maryborough teenager joined the fledgling club at the end of last year after an impressive season with Gympie Fire in the now defunct Queensland State Youth League.
Catton described Cronk, who is a key part of the mid-field unit that also features Tom Evans and Angus Cochrane, as an extraordinarily consistent player, who gets the job done week in, week out, with little fuss.
"I take my hat off to him because he doesn't get the plaudits all the time, but I haven't seen him have a bad game and I have coached him for two years," he said.
"He's not that type of player who wins the ball and wants to beat three players or knock it 80m up the field.
"He's a consistent player who gives it his all each way and a credit to the team and the club because a lot of the younger boys look up to him as well.
"He's got big dreams, and like all of them he wants to play in the A-League.
"He certainly has the work ethic to do it, and, honestly, I think all of them could because they have the desire and commitment."
U12 Boys: Moreton Bay Jets 6 def Wide Bay Revolution 0
U13 Boys: Jets 7 def Revolution 0
U13 Girls: Central Brisbane/ Olympic 3 def Revolution 2
U14: Boys: Jets 5 def Revolution 1
U14 Girls: Central Brisbane/ Olympic 3 def Revolution 1
U15 Boys: Jets 5 def Revolution 1
U16 Boys: Jets 3 def Revolution 1
U18 Boys: Revolution 7 def Jets 0
U18 Girls: Sunshine Coast Fire def Revolution 0
U20: Jets 5 def Revolution 1