At the first pre-season training session last Thursday Coach Wayne Fletcher and President Leigh Bowes announced that Peter Trompf would be Captain of the Noosa Tigers for season 2013. Peter will be the third Noosa Tigers junior to Captian the seniors. The other two?  Aaron "AJ" Jaques and Brett “Angel” Duke.

As we stated last month, when we wrote about Pete’s imminent “departure” from the Tigers, Pete moved to Noosa with his family in 1992 when his father Ashley was appointed Senior Captain Coach at Noosa.  Pete began his football career, at the age of 6, in 1993 with the Tigers Under 9's with Alby Hancock as coach. Injury and time away from the club has restricted his Senior game tally to 76, including playing in the 2010 and 2011 Premierships.

After training we sat down with Pete and asked him a few questions about his appointment.

Noosa Tigers: What do you hope to bring to the club as Captain?

Pete Trompf: The first thing that I would hope to bring is Unity & Success, the two go side by side. My character will influence our football club, both on the ground and off. This includes all things at Weyba Road, around the town and on our bus trips away representing the club. I know after years of playing football the character that this takes. I hope to take Noosa Tigers places, as so many past captains have before.

On a more personal football note, I look forward to taking my game to a new level; I know the work I am going to have to put in to be able to play come mid April. Intense preparation is ahead of me, which I am excited about. What I will bring will be honesty, accountability, passion, aggression and many good memories for all involved in the club.

NT: Do you have any Role models?

PT: Quite a few actually. My father has always been a role model. I was a regular on the away game car trips tgo Brisbane with him and all his close mates: those blokes are now all genuine role models to me. Being the only son with a football-ingrained father has taught me the effort and determination it takes to be successful. I have grown up with a football in hand, many thanks to my Dad.

I have been lucky to have a group of hardworking successful people around me growing up, and it is these people who have provided me with a clear idea as to what qualities successful leaders should possess.

Brad Cross (Spons) came to me at my first senior home game, behind those old faithful clubrooms, what back then was ‘Milo’s pocket’ but today would be more known to those of the farmers markets. What Crossy said to me in the warm up, I will take those nine words and draw a lot of inspiration from them in the coming season. As a 17 year old ‘brains’ showed me the ropes of home and AWAY Tigers football. There is still a travel culture, to get the job done and enjoy the trip home, we love it. That’s something I’m looking forward to passing on like the ‘sack’. Brad I can’t thank you enough for your continued input as my player sponsor. I guess I should say that I am sponsored by #midsummermusic. Thanks spons #getbenevanshome #rabb.b

Michael Jordan: 'I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.'

In life. My Mum.

In sport . My sister Kierra. Anyone who plays sport at a professional level (and I’ve been lucky to have one in my family) understands the courage and commitment it takes to be successful at the highest level.

In family and football. Adam Bovalino #reddirt and Brett Duke #familyfirst. Thanks boys.

NT: What will being Captain mean to you?

PT: This is a difficult one to answer. Back in 1992, I was all decked out in Hawthorn colours, boots and all, only 3 foot tall next to my father who was running out on to the ground as captain the Noosa Tigers. I remember coming off, shattered I couldn’t play. Bart Jaques, a Life Member of the club, said, “Don’t worry, that’ll be you one day, Peter Trompf Captain of the Noosa Tigers”. I thought to myself, “I hope”. Who said hopes and dreams don’t come true. Thanks Thel, Judy, Bart and Doug and I’d like to take this time to thank everyone involved in my up bringing at the Noosa Tigers, I’m truly grateful for your love.

Anyone who knows me, or has watched me play in the Tigers jumper, would know the passion and love I have for my mates and the club. To be the leader of this charge, I can’t describe how pumped I will be when I run out on opening day. 

In short, “What does being Captain of Noosa mean to me” in two words, – The World


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