Five Minutes with the Coach, Captain and the Lifer
Our Men's team has the best of the best looking after them again this year. Maurie Wasi will be the Head Coach for the team, with support from Gerard Garriga and technical advice from Chris Zoricich. BackToYourFeet will provide physiotherapy, and Mike Cunnington will be managing the team.
We caught up with three special people involved this year and asked them their thoughts ahead of the tournament.
Mauri Wasi, coach and someone who needs no introductions, Captain Tadhg Collie and goalkeeper Joe Wallis who has been at the club his whole life.
Coach Preview - Maurie Wasi
How many of this year's squad played in the 2020 tournament?
We had two teams in 2020, seven of the current squad played in the lead team and six others got valuable experience in the development team.
With 2020 fresh in the memory, what lessons will you take forward into this tournament?
It's a very physically demanding 3 days for the boys, my job is to try and make sure they refuel well, recover well and stay out of the sun between games
Aside from winning it, what does a successful tournament look like?
You always need to have a bit of luck on your side to go deep into a tournament. I really hope that all of the boys enjoy the experience, support each other and learn a lot from testing themselves against quality players from right across New Zealand. A few wins would be nice too....
How many of the squad are close to making it into the senior premier team?
Five of the boys are training regularly with the First Team & Development Team squad, with two others joining on an occasional basis. That's pretty good for what is a relatively young U17s squad this year,
What are you looking forward to most?
Seeing our talented players push themselves and continue their development progress.
Captain Preview - Tadhg Collie
It means a lot to me, it’s a privilege and an honour to be able to lead these boys and I’m super excited to get out onto the pitch and play alongside them all.
We definitely learnt a lot from last years tournament. I think if we are able to build upon those positives then we will have a good shot at progressing further than last year.
I’m most looking forward to being able to play with boys I haven’t played with before, as well as hopefully being able to pass on things that I have learnt from the previous two tournaments.
Joe Wallis - Keeper and Lifer (been at Springs since aged 4)
The thing I love the most about playing at springs is the connection I have with my coaches and teammates. My earliest memory of playing at springs is playing on a Friday night when I was four. I am a goalkeeper.