Thursday, 28 April 2011

Coaches Comments

Tom McGinn - Devonport
With Devonport v Burnie it is real big match this weekend with both teams needing the 3 points to stay in touch.

Devonport should have a full squad to select from with no reported injuries.

The strikers will be under real pressure to find the back of the net as the previous 2 games missed chances have certainly put the pressure on the team.

As always respecting Burnie as they have some real quality players who will no doubt be ready to perform on Saturday.

It has now come down to that no one can afford to drop any more points so this should be a match of full out attack from both sides.

Sam Cocks - Burnie
This week we host Devonport in which is a do or die situation for us. Win and we
keep our chances alive for a premiership. Loose and we can kiss it good bye
and even maybe a top 4 spot for finals.
This week we welcome back Kaimon Johnson after his 3 weeks off after a
dubious decision by an official. He will strengthen our defence in which has
been leaking goals like the sinking Titanic. Also Andrew Gibson will return
too after sitting a few weeks on the side line. With these 2 players back it
does boost our confidence in a game which we have to win. Plus we have Tyler
Johnstone making his full start as well.
We know what style and how they play it after Devonport belted us in the
pre-season cup final. Redemption is on the cards. But we will need to shut
down the drive in the midfield from Kammi and their new import Luke
Butterfingers (I think that’s his name). Also young Daniel McGinn is a very
sharp player and is also another we will have to keep a close eye on.
All in all it should be a great game to watch from a spectator’s point of
Good luck to all this week end.

Adam Whitemore - Rangers
We are preparing ourselves for a good test this week. United to their credit have finally broken through for a meaningful win, and I expect there will be more to follow. I've seen them a few times this season and have been impressed by a number of individuals, and their attitude and approach. Bart and Luate are standouts. All over the field they are fairly athletic and physically competitive. We'll need to match that, and then impose ourselves with the ball.
Last season we struggled in both games but will be pretty close to full strength this time. Our quality and pace up front should really test Launceston's defensive organisation. Stefan Jago is struggling with a groin injury and may be rested, which will give Mark Ambrose a chance to start. Funky has been great off the bench, but is looking for a starting spot.

The only other injury concern is Issa Dumbuya (thigh). Ayden Demeijer is on stand-by.

Dane Hudson – Prospect
This week, I believe, will give us a good idea of what improvement we
have made as a group over last year. We have often found Ulvie to be a
stumbling block throughout the recent seasons and both teams match up
very well. We have an unchanged side from the Devonport game so both
Anton and myself are continuing with what we believe to be our best 11.
There has been no rain, the ground is in excellent condition, so no
excuses, the best team on the day will win.

Nick Owen – Ulverstone
There is only 1 change to our side this week. The injured Harry Crocker makes way for Kyle Baldock, who was suspended for our last game. Our main concern this week is containing the Knights 2 quality scoring threats, Sessay and Croswell. We did it well in the Hudson Cup but Callan Mann marked Sessay that day and he has since moved on to the lofty heights of Penguin Reserves football. It will be a bit of an experiment this week but the person who will get the job is certainly capable of doing it well. Our attacking unit has put in two excellent training sessions this week so I am hoping this translates into goals for us tomorrow. Should be a close game.

1 comment:

  1. Late change to Ulvie... Sam Wood is out injured and Iain Roberts-Thompson make his debut for the senior squad. This will be Ulverstone's sixth senior debutant in 5 games.