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PREMIER MEN: Round 2 & 3 Review

Springs Power to Top of the Table

Yes, it's early days but to see our Men's Premier team top of the table is very satisfying. Two tough games over Easter saw Springs win both by a single goal.

With debuts for goal keeper Danyon Drake and striker Kayne Vincent, the team is still getting used to each other which makes 3 wins from 3 even more impressive.

Fresh from the battle, Head Coach Chris Zoricich gave us his thoughts on the Easter games and his team's table-topping start to the season.

3 from 3, top of the table. All going to plan or better than you expected?

Better than expected for sure purely because of our disrupted pre season due to COVID and missing a week of training plus a pre season game plus the fact we had injuries to a few key players Having said that the way the boys have applied themselves has been absolutely fantastic and as a coach I couldn’t ask for anymore.

Two very close games. 2-1 over Eastern Suburbs and 3-2 over North Shore. How happy are you with the boys game management so far after 3 games?

Although we have won both tight games our game management is something we have spoken about internally quite a bit. I feel as a group we could be better and make the victories a bit easier than they have been. But can’t find fault in the fight and endeavour shown by both the youngsters and the more experienced players!

Not that the team was struggling to score but Kayne Vincent looks a very useful addition to the squad and 2 goals on debut. Tell us a little bit about him?

Kayne is a very experienced player who has been playing professionally in Thailand for the past 7 or so years. He came into the equation when Angus Kilkolly decided to leave us after an approach from ACFC 3 days before the season start! I got informed Kayne was leaving ACFC so thought I’d get in touch with him and after a coffee and a chat he decided to come along to one of our training sessions and was instantly impressed with the environment and the young squad we had.

He is a proven goal scorer and will be of great value for our younger players providing guidance and helping them improve. We are very lucky to have his services.

A quick update on the U23s. 2 wins from 3, not too bad. How are they going?

Yes they had a good win in the opening game but unfortunately had a hiccup on Friday with a depleted squad but managed to turn it around with a good win today scoring 5 goals. Hopefully they are learning with each game but not only during the games but also at trainings when they are training alongside the first team players.

Birkenhead up next (I think??), both teams know a lot about the other due to the Waitakere connection. Will that influence your tactics in trying to get one over on Paul "Hobbo" Hobson?

No not really. Although we know each other’s formations and styles of play quite well there will be different players involved and with that brings different aspects to look out for. We know it will be another tough encounter and we will analyse their previous games to see where we think we can hurt them and any dangers they possess but we just need to concentrate and execute our game plan well.

The Birkenhead game is this weekend, details below

Saturday 10th
Birkenhead United
U23 - 12.30pm
Prems - 3pm
Shepherds Park, Birkenhead