It was a very hot Saturday afternoon when Albert Park SC hosted Yarra Jets FC in their first friendly matches of 2019.
All up, 8 x 15 minute intervals were played to give players much needed rest in the 38 degree heat. With it only being early February and a lot of new faces still learning the gameplan, team chemistry was less important than the endeavor and basic principles Head Coach “Gravy” has been implementing the past few weeks.
“We were competitive yesterday regardless of who played, we played youngsters in both matches and although it was somewhat of a baptism of fire, they did ok. They turned up and put the effort in. These experiences will do them well for their U17 league. Then, when we may need them to step up, we have that conduit.”
When asked about what he is most pleased with this early on, “Gravy” explained that it was the attitude and endeavor to do the basics, explaining that the chemistry and flare will come.
“I am pleased. I saw some great football; composure, good defending, movement, talking, over laps etc. I saw ‘some’. We just need to do more of it, more consistently and have everybody upping their game.”
1st Match: Albert Park SC 2 Yarra Jets 2
2nd Match: Albert Park SC 1 Yarra Jets 2