Ben Parmenter has been a mainstay in the Belmont-Swansea defence since his arrival as an 18-year-old. Benny’s personality and shot-stopping ability has led him to being one of the fan-favourites out at Blacksmiths and also one of the best goalkeeper’s in the competition. Over the last few seasons, he’s been an integral part of the Belswans team that have appeared in three consecutive Grand Finals and last season highlighted the competition’s best defensive side, conceding only 22 goals over the regular rounds. NEWFM Northern League One Correspondent James, caught up with Benny to talk about his football journey, plans for the season ahead and all about last year’s famous grand final victory.
Where and when did you start your junior career and how did you progress into senior football?
I started my career at Belmont F.C. and was playing for the Newcastle Breakers in the NSL youth league when I wanted to take a step back, so I started playing for Belmont-Swansea. I’ve been there since I was 18.
You’ve been at the club for a few years now, what is it about the club that you love?
It’s just a good community club. There’s lots of brilliant people behind the scenes putting work into the facilities, on their own time, plus it’s where I live so that makes it even better.
You were a part of the successful 2018 Belswans side, how big was winning the grand final for the club?
It was amazing. I’ve been at the club for nearly half my life so winning the Grand Final was probably one of the best moments I have had in football. It was 32 years since the last one for the club so that also made it very special.
Which player is the hardest to play against? And why?
Well we recently played Wallsend and their striker, Ty Goldsmith, has been a nightmare for keepers in the past, so I’ll say him.
What do you like to do in your spare time when you’re not playing football?
Just spending time with the family, or having a few beers.
What do you do for work?
I work in construction.
Most memorable moment(s) of your career so far?
That grand final win with Belswans, or winning the national titles as part of Northern NSW – too close to call.
Most influential person in your career?
The good coaches I’ve had along the way. Luckily, I haven’t had many bad ones over the years.
What are you hoping to achieve for this year’s season? Individually and as a team.
Well as a team, we are bringing a lot of young guys through this year which is great, but we are aiming for the premiership and championship. It’s the only way to improve on last year really.
What’s your plans for the future of your career? Where are you hoping to progress?
I probably won’t play anywhere else, but never say never…