Beerwah Glasshouse player Cameron Nairn
Beerwah Glasshouse player Cameron Nairn

‘He’s flying’: Beegees striker shoots to the top

It doesn't matter if it is his left foot, right foot or head - when the ball finds Cameron Nairn, he makes the most of it.

The 22-year-old is currently in the midst of a breakout, career-best attacking season for Beerwah-Glasshouse in the Sunshine Coast Premier Men's competition.

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The striker has nailed 16 goals from 12 games this year to surge into top spot over Caloundra's Ethan Galbraith in the goalscoring stats and in contention for the golden boot title.

It's easily eclipsed his efforts in the premier men's division to date, with Nairn already more than doubling his previous best seven goal tally.

He's scored every game, except when facing Woombye, with the Snakes the only club Nairn is yet to punish with his attacking prowess.

Beerwah Glasshouse player Cameron Nairn
Beerwah Glasshouse player Cameron Nairn

"He's flying," Beegees coach Dan Carew said.

"He's scoring goals with his head, with his left foot or right foot.

"He's in form and just keeps finding the net."

Carew said Nairn had shifted from wing into an out-and-out striker role this season, with his skill quickly shining through.

"I think it's his unpredictability (that makes him so effective)," Carew said.

"He's got pace, obviously he is one of the quickest players in the league, but he can finish with both feet and he's shown he can score with other parts of his body too.

"He's got good link up play and he's probably at NPL level playing in a local comp and his quality has finally clicked and he's starting to show his form."

Carew said fellow attacker Tim Lawson, who made his return to the sport this year after a horror injury, had also been helping Nairn out with tips and advice behind the scenes.

Nairn said he'd savoured his time up front for Beegees this year and had been enjoying his football.

"It's good to be the trusted guy to get goals for the team," he said.

"It's weird, being the highest goalscorer, not just for the team but the league, you'd expect that more pressure comes with it each week.

"But, it's been the opposite and I've been going into games thinking 'I'm going to score tonight' and if I don't, I don't."

Nairn said he'd been putting in plenty of effort away from the pitch to boost his form this year.

"I'm doing a lot strength and conditioning stuff and I've been doing that for the first time probably in my life," he said.

"That started in pre-season and it continued through lockdown the period.

"I came back in good shape after the whole league was on halt."

Nairn is two goals ahead of previous the leader, Caloundra's Ethan Galbraith, in the hunt for a golden boot.

Caloundra's Ethan Galbraith. Picture: Patrick Woods
Caloundra's Ethan Galbraith. Picture: Patrick Woods

While a four-goal haul against Coolum wasn't visible in the online statistics, after the Dolphins pulled out of the competition, Nairn said it was still being counted.

That pushes Nairn from 12 to 16 goals, with Galbriath's 11 really 14.

Nairn's hunt to find the back of the net will continue this Saturday in a top of the table clash with Noosa.

Second-placed Beegees will face the undefeated Lions in enemy territory, eager to claw back some of the nine-point deficit in the race for premiership silverware.

"It's going to be hard, they know how not to lose, let's put it that way," coach Carew said.

"Games they should be losing they're drawing or getting something out of it.

"I think there is a couple of teams who can beat them and I think we're one of them that has that potential.

"It'll be tough, but it's like anything, if we can keep winning and beat them to put pressure on them hopefully they crumble."