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Premier Men : Round 11

A Tough Loss Sees our Premier Men's Team Slip out of the Top.


Attention turns to the Chatham Cup and a big challenge. 

Head Coach Chris Zorocich fronts up and expects more from his team.


A game that could have gone either way, were you diplomatic or disappointed afterward?

Very disappointed. I thought it was the worst we have played all season thus far. And the video footage confirms that.


You spoke after the Bay Olympic game about setting targets for the following games. After a win, draw and a loss, how have you seen this play out?

No! We were targeting to win the games and be cemented in the top 4 come the halfway point of the season. We find ourselves in 7th place albeit only one point off 3rd position so still very much in the mix.


Chatham Cup this weekend. A tough draw, versus Bay Olympic. Will you approach it just like a league game?

Yes, a tough draw. Cup games are different from league games in the sense it is do or die. You are either in the next round or not. There is no second chance! Extra time and penalties could also come into play.


A fine balance to be had between the league and cup. What challenges does this present to you? Will you make any changes to the squad?

I believe if you can have a good cup run it can ignite a good league run as well as long as you can manage your squad and not have injury concerns. A good cup run also helps involve the club members especially if we get through to regional rounds.


Do you have a favorite cup memory in your career?

Not so much as a player as I didn’t play many having left NZ as an 18-year old however I was lucky enough to win the Chatham Cup as a coach in 2012 with Central United.

We won 6-1 v Lower Hutt on the 50th anniversary of the club so it was a special occasion and great memory for myself especially given I had only been coaching for a couple of years!