CQ Energy goalkeeper goes into game with God on his side
CQFC Energy is in God's hands in 2014. Central Queensland Football Club goalkeeper Andrew Poyser spends his weeks as an assistant pastor to St Andrew's Presbyterian Church's pastor Mike O'Connor.
Poyser lines up in goal on Saturday night for CQFC's penultimate pre-season friendly against Southside United at Jardine Park.
The 34-year-old, who grew up in Mackay, spent time playing in Brisbane, the UK and Sydney before moving north to Rockhampton in 2011.
These days he spreads the Lord's word through St Andrew's and Rocky PC in a manner that is easily understood.
A senior member of the Energy squad, Poyser said he utilised his everyday skills on the football pitch.
"A big part of my job is talking to people and one thing we're really big on with church is be clear when we're teaching the Bible," the father-of-four said.
"So (I've been) working really hard on making sure the message is understandable. That's important as a goalkeeper as well.
"You can't be long-winded on the pitch. You have to make sure what you're saying is clear and you're giving clear directions.
"Being able to communicate is an important part of both jobs."
The Energy's defence struggled during the 2013 NPL season, conceding 110 goals, and produced one clean sheet from 22 matches, but Poyser was adamant that wouldn't be the case in 2014.
"We won't be conceding that many goals this year, that's for sure," said Poyser, who conceded 21 goals from his eight matches in goal last year.
Poyser and his wife Sarah have four girls; Charlotte, 7, Abby, 5, Maddie, 3 and Lara, who's one in March.
The Energy's 2014 vice-captain has stepped up into a leadership role at the youthful club, regularly becoming a resource for his young team-mates.
2014 NPL Preseason friendly
CQFC Energy v Southside United
Saturday, 6pm at Jardine Park.
CQFC Energy U-21 v Southside United at 4pm.
CQFC team: 1 Andrew Poyser, 5 Tolu Kayode, 3 Bryce Ruthven, 4 Douglas Neill, 19 Ben Millar, 7 Jordan Miller, 12 Innocent Taban, 17 Yianni Kondilis, 9 Jared Lidy, 11 Jake Wilson, 8 Byron Hassall. Substitutes: 6 Joe Skelhorn, 14 Matthew Favari, 15 Darcy Grant, 20 Jared Moran, 18 Jordan Polkinghorne, 13 Marko Radovanovic, 10 Simon Hogarth.