Our Mens Premier team get their season up and running today. We make the short trip up the north western to take on West Coast Rangers FC Kick off, 3pm at Fred Taylor Park
We sat down with Premier Mens Head Coach Chris 'Zoro' Zoricich to get his thoughts ahead of the season.
Your fourth year in charge and every year seems to bring something very different. This year, we have the new National League, which represents a great opportunity for the club but not without its challenges. What is your view of the new structure?
It will give clubs and players opportunities to play National League football which is a positive step forward. The challenge will be managing the team across two competitions, has enough research gone into player welfare? We'll see. It's a big change, but we are up for it.
Thanks to COVID, we've had two U17 National Tournaments in the past four months. Has this helped you learn more about this key age group?
Tournament football is completely different to normal league football and it is difficult to “scout” players during tournament formats. We are in a strong position with regards to our home grown talent and have a number of current u17 players training regularly with the first/development squads.
Pre-season is now all done and dusted, always a few ins and outs, how is the squad looking?
For me personally it’s been a challenging pre season preparation with COVID disruptions and getting our heads around requirements for the new league structure. We have retained the majority of last year's squad although we will miss Scott Midgley (Team Wellington) and Scott Sellar (Waitamata). Ronan Wynne, Hayden Aish, Luke Jerkovic and Vincent Best have all gone off to University.
However we have been working hard on recruitment. Sam Margetts, Niko Steinmetz, Tuyi Byamana and Finn Cochran are all returning players.
Angus Kilkolly comes in from Central United and Aiden Iqbal from Western Suburbs.
You're making the move to playing home games on Friday nights. What is your reasoning behind this?
Main reason is trying to create a better atmosphere at home games plus players enjoy playing Friday nights.
So, another exciting challenge awaits, what are you looking forward to most?
Hopefully seeing our Springs style of play develop throughout the season bringing an exciting high tempo game for the fans at Seddon to enjoy. Along with the continued youth development of home grown talent being given chances in the first-team environment. And hopefully stringing some results together to gain momentum and be in the mix for the top 4 and Champions League football come September!
Good luck to Zoro and the boys, we know you will give it your all
MATCH WEEK 1:
West Coast Rangers vs Western Springs AFC
Fred Taylor Park 3pm
Saturday March 27, 2021