BY RYAN LANGLEY | Long time Sorrento Football Club striker signed off on an epic career last Saturday, scoring the winning goal against Perth Soccer Club to help the Gulls capture the State Cup.
Harnwell who has been with Sorrento for all 31 years of his footballing career, played his 443rd match and scored the winning goal for the Gulls.
“It didn’t matter if I scored or not, but to get a goal is a fairy tale,” Harnwell said. “Lifelong friends have been made… I’ve known some of the guys like ‘Macca’ (Steve McDonald) for 20 plus years.”
Harnwell started his football career at the age of 4 and played with Sorrento FC for the entirety of his state career, with stretches at Perth Glory and Sengkang Marine FC in Singapore.
Harnwell, who is a teacher at Christ Church Grammar and has a third child on the way says he wants to focus on both his career and his family, but will still make appearances at Sorrento.
Harnwell has made Sorrento a family club with his brother Jamie coaching the first team and his father, Derek as president of the club.
Head coach Jamie Harnwell praised the efforts of his younger brother.
“Todd could have had a hat-trick today,” Jamie Harnwell said. “He gives everything he’s got and has become a better player with age. He could easily go around again, but it’s a shame he won’t be there next season.”
The game against Perth City was the third Cup win of Todd’s career and the third win in five years for the Gulls, having won back to back in 2011 and 2012.
Sorrento Captain Daryl Platten said the Cup win came down to smart decision making from coach Jamie Harnwell and it was by far the biggest achievement of his own career so far.
“The guys had to do it for Todd’s last game and for (Jack) Eades who had to fly home last week, “Platten said. “We wanted it more and at the end of the day I think Jamie got his tactics spot on.”
Coach Harnwell will now head to South Australia to begin his role as head coach of the Adelaide United W-League team but said he will be back to coach Sorrento next year if the club will take him.