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Round 4: Five Minutes with Chris Zoricich

Despite 3 losses on the bounce, we caught up with a very positive Mens Premier Head Coach, Chris Zoricich 

Read his thoughts on…

• What he said to the boys after Saturday’s tough loss
• His pride of having the youngest matchday squad in the league
• This weekend game v Bay Olympic (Seddon Fields, Saturday night, 5:15pm)
• How the development squad is getting on and the importance of them showing up in training.


Another defeat, another game the boys should’ve got more out of. What did you say to them afterwards?

Yes we had enough chances to win a few games on Saturday!  After watching the video footage we had 8 good chances to score prior to our goal which was a great effort by Hayden Aish. We had a further seven good chances to score in the second half. The game should have been out of reach but unfortunately, we couldn’t achieve this and got punished.

All I said after the game was that I felt sorry for them as we deserved more but we must learn how to play to instructions as there were clear instructions given at halftime how to win the game but we couldn’t carry them out.


Will these three defeats change what you will work on in training or is it a case of stick to the game plan?

No. We are out playing our opponents (with the exception of the Auckland Utd game) we just need to learn how to kill games off and not let opponents back into the game. We have a good young squad and I’m happy with what we are trying to achieve here. We have the youngest matchday squad week in week out and we will continue to give these young players opportunities to show their abilities. Once again we had five U20, eligible players, in the matchday squad with another four eligible for U23s.


WSAFC- Bay Olympic up next, currently unbeaten, what can we expect from them this weekend?

They are another strong and more experienced team. We will be expecting a similar game to the previous 3 games and if we can fix a couple of things hopefully we can change our fortunes.


A good 5-2 win from the development side. Are you seeing improvement here and anyone you care to mention as a possible future 1st teamer?

The players have shown very good attitudes during trainings and the last couple of games. Particularly Saturday on a very average field against a very physical team.

The level of the Development League is well below the NRFL league so it’s difficult to compare and therefore know if a player is capable of stepping up to the first team. Our training sessions probably tell us more and a few of the youngest players have impressed during sessions where they are mixed in with regular first-team squad players but they have time on their side and won’t be rushed into the first team until we feel they are ready both physically and mentally.