Noah Mies is proud to represent the past, present and future of Launceston City.
The third generation City representative said it was an honour to be named the best young player in the statewide NPL Tasmania at Football Federation Tasmania’s annual awards night.
“I thought getting the nomination was nice but I did not expect to win,” the 18-year-old said.
“I thought one of the Devonport guys would get it, or South Hobart’s keeper. It was a complete shock.
“The boys got around it and started chanting my name and that continued on the bus home. It was all quite unreal.”
Noah’s grandfather (or “Opa” in their ancestral Dutch language), Peter, was a founding member of the club, father Roger graced the black and white for many years and younger brother Ryan has risen to the under-18s.
“Dad was very much a striker and a lot of people say I play the same way as him. My grandpa was a centre-back, but will say he was a striker.
“It definitely helped having that background. I was introduced into the game early, had a lot of backyard practice games and have always loved it.”
Launceston-born Mies went to West Launceston Primary, Riverside High and Launceston College and is now a business student at UTAS.
He played junior soccer with Westside and made a seamless transition into the Launceston City senior side.
In recognising the winner at Hobart’s Wrest Point, FFT said: “Launceston City striker Noah Mies took out the rising star award as the best young player to have established himself in the league in 2017 as voted by the coaches.
“He came into the side in the middle of the year and impressed with his powerful play up front leading the line and helping spark a late season revival from City that saw them jump up into sixth place and quality for the league cup.”
Mies said: “I struggled a bit at the start of the season and was in and out of the side but then I became a bit more consistent, started scoring a few and haven’t looked back.
The boys started chanting my name and that continued on the bus home. It was all quite unreal.
“The state league is a very young competition which is really good for the future.”
Mies said it is inspiring to see Australians like Aaron Mooy at Huddersfield and Mat Ryan at Brighton playing in the English Premier League and would love to follow in their footsteps.
“My goal is to achieve the big time,” he said.
“My long-term dream is the A-League or just to be a professional, but at the moment I’m just looking forward to the next few seasons trying to win a few trophies with City.”