Luke Dawson Kicks a Century

Luke started his football career in the Under 6s and then Under 7s at Bannockburn Rovers. He then joined Kissing Point where he played for the next 3 years. His family then moved to Queensland where Luke continued playing football at Coomera FC and Runaway Bay FC before returning to Sydney to join older brother Sam at Kissing Point in 2004. Luke played in Kissing Point’s Premier League team from 2004 to 2009, helping the club to win the NSFA Cup in 2006.

In 2010 Luke decided to try out for Northern Tigers. Despite Luke never having played representative football previously at any level coach Jason Eagar was impressed and signed him up. Luke spent a lot of that first season as an over-age player in Under 20s but did manage 11 appearances in First Grade, including in the 4-0 Grand Final win over St George FC. Luke was used mainly as a right back in his first season but in 2011 he was moved into the midfield where he was much more comfortable, going on to make 20 First Grade appearances.

In 2012 Luke was released back to Kissing Point after 7 matches for personal reasons. After spending the rest of 2012 and all of 2013 at Kissing Point Luke returned to the Tigers in 2014. Since returning Luke has been a permanent fixture in the midfield and has missed just 1 match in 2 and a half seasons. Luke has scored 11 goals in his 99 games to date, including the winner last Saturday night at Fraser Park. He will always be remembered for 2 goals in particular: a stunning strike at Mills Park for his debut goal for the club and an audacious lob at Bankstown City in 2014. That goal was so good that Bankstown goalkeeper Matt Nemes joined the Tigers in 2015 just so he wouldn’t have to play against him!

Luke is now very much a senior member of this team. He is currently the on-field captain in the absence of regular club captain Michael Rolston and has taken over the role of “fine master”, a role he has approached with the zeal of a tax inspector. Luke is very popular with team mates and coaching and management staff alike and has been a great club man, adding coaching of a SAP team this year. Luke joins a group of very good footballers in the “100-game” club and he thoroughly deserves his place in that company.

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