Five-Star Display on Opening Day
Fred Taylor Park was a great place to be on the weekend. Yes, we won in style, more of that later. It was the debut of West Coast Rangers, the new amalgamation of Waitakere City and Norwest United, that really caught the attention. We were treated to their club day which made for a great atmosphere. The new branding was on point and really made it an occasion. It goes without saying, all the Springs supporters there were suitably impressed.
But there was one person who needed to be impressed the most, our Mens Premier Head Coach, Chris Zoricich. So, we had a chat...
3 points on the opening day of the season is always very welcome. We'll start with what pleased you the most?
Obviously the result and the fact we scored 5 goals!
Having watched the video footage of the game we actually played some good football in patches and 4 of our goals scored were quality moves. Even the lead up to the two penalties were very good.
Always strange to ask what didn't please you after a 5-1 win, so we'll ask, what do you feel the team could've done better?
Yes people would have seen I was frustrated on the sidelines on Saturday and must have thought I was crazy! It was due to me feeling we could have made things easier for ourselves and being tidier and more composed in possession which has been a focus for us during pre season.
Next up is the Easter doubleheader. Both at home vs Eastern Suburbs (Friday) and North Shore United (Monday). How will you plan out the week to get the best out of the team for both games?
Yeah it’s going to be a tough weekend! We will look to lighten the workload this week to try to keep the players as fresh as possible for the doubleheader against two strong teams.
A quick mention of Oscar Browne. He's been at Springs his whole life and is now playing for the Premier team. How satisfying is it to see his progress? How good was that run for our 5th goal?
It’s great isn’t it? Great to see Oscar fit and confident and enjoying his football again. He’s like a new signing for us having been out through a long term injury last season.
We are really focusing on giving our homegrown talent opportunities so you may well see more “western Springs lifers” introduced into the first team. Kaea Rangihaeata 17 scored two quality goals on Saturday on his first-team debut!
As the photo shows, you kick every ball, crunch every tackle, and sprint every sprint with your team. Still wish you were out there playing?
100%! I just told the players on Thursday that I wish I could be out there with them rather than on the sidelines. That’s why I get so frustrated because I can’t show them anymore! They know it’s coming from the best intentions and I can’t fault the players attitude and effort.
The Men have an Easter double header at Seddon so plenty of reason to stay in Auckland.
Eastern Suburbs AFC
U23 - 3pm
Prems - 5pm
North Shore United
U23 - 3pm
Prems - 5pm