JOSH BARRESI x THE TURF
#CAPTUREDTUESDAYS | Photography by Aleks Jason
Adding another to the series, I caught up with Josh Barresi – A footballer who challenges himself on and off the pitch to be the best at all costs, eyes Zidane as inspiration and is working hard alongside his new team mates at Bulleen Lions.
TURF: CAN YOU RECALL THE FIRST TIME YOU KICKED A BALL?
JB: Adelaide, I used to play for a Polonia Croyden Kings. A Polish club
TURF: WHO INTRODUCED FOOTBALL TO YOU? PARENTS?
JB: Actually no, I came about football all alone
TURF: DID YOU SHARE YOUR LOVE OF FOOTBALL WITH ANY OF YOUR SIBLINGS?
JB: My brother who I spent countless late nights with until 11pm having a kick at the bocce pitches.
TT: BREAK WINDOWS IN THE PROCESS?
JB: A few!!!
TURF: I SEE YOU’RE A FAN OF ZIDANE? WAS NUMBER 10 ALWAYS YOUR PREFERRED ROLE?
JB: I actually played Left Wing when I was a young lad, a lot smaller and of course quick. And then when I hit 12/13 I slowly moved into the midfield. And I enjoyed it so I based my game around his style. As I got older, I got slower and I used my head a little more to read the game
TURF: ZIDANE WITH THE HAIR OR WITHOUT?
JB: Zidane without the hair!!!
TURF: IT WAS SAD HOW HE ENDED HIS CAREER AT THE WORLD CUP
JB: I remember that game, against my Italy, but all I could watch was him actually. I don’t think so, his career was great and what he did was just a moment.
TURF: BEING AN ADELAIDE LAD, WERE YOU APART OF THE GENERATION THAT BROUGHT US STEFAN MAUK, GARRUCIO, MELLING & MARINO?
JB: I’ve been in all rep squads with them from SASI to AIS.
TURF: YOU PLAYED WITH NEWCASTLE JETS & WSW, ARE YOU PUSHING TO GET BACK INTO THE A-LEAGUE?
JB: Definitely, I am keen to get back and it is achievable I just need to work hard.
TURF: NEW CHAPTER AT BULLEEN, 2 GOALS ALREADY – HOW’S THE CHALLENGE?
JB: Still early days, taking me a little bit of time to adapt to it. There is a difference as now Ill be versing MEN. A totally different style to the A-League. The ball is mostly in the air, no doubt I am enjoying the game week in week out and Bulleen feels like home. I’ve missed the game
TURF: THERE ARE SOME TALENTED PLAYERS ALONGSIDE YOU AT BULLEEN AND IN THE NPL. DO YOU AGREE THAT THERE SHOULD BE MORE TEAMS IN THE A-LEAGUE OR EVEN AN A-LEAGUE 2?
JB: At least a fringe league, the youth league at the moment is only about 8 games and you just don’t get much out of it. A second league or a few more teams would accommodate for the talent as well as giving many like myself a second chance.
TURF: WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR NOW AND THE FUTURE?
JB: Id love to work hard and get back into the A-League, I was given the opportunity when I was younger and I wont let that dream fade. I’ve developed a lot since that time and after a few set backs I feel mentally and physically stronger and more to offer and a lot more to bring.
I cant thank Bulleen enough for the new challenge!
TURF: OVERSEAS DREAM STILL ALIVE?
JB: We all dream of going over seas to play, but I think I need to prove myself here first. I want to work hard at BULLEEN, score goals and of course help the team as much as I can!! I want to focus on now, and working for that moment
TURF: DESCRIBE YOUR TIME IN THE A-LEAGUE WITH WSW & NEWCASTLE JETS
JB: WSW was massive for me to learn, as an 18 year old kid not knowing what a professional environment was, to watching and playing with actual team mates like Shinji Ono – he taught me so much, from training to mental health.
Newcastle, football was a challenge for me physically. I had a few injuries and I wasn’t sure what I wanted – recovering and I wanted to prove myself so bad with a fresh start. Three weeks into the pre-season I did my knee. It has been tough, but I learnt a lot through the healing stage. I took a lot of positives out of it and hope to work hard and make it back
TURF: THOUGHTS ON THE EUROS?
JB: France will do well, but I have a feeling Belgium will do ok
TURF: WHO DO YOU ADMIRE AS A FOOTBALLER TODAY?
JB: OZIL – he can read the game, his not quick but he is smart and he has great vision.
TURF: HOW IS IT PLAYING ON A COLD WINDY NIGHT AT THE VENETO CLUB
JB: Haha its good, freezing but its great – the old Italians love us and a great football environment with a lot of history