12 Jun Werribee coach remains confident in young side
Werribee Centrals coach Nick Smith admits he is still stung from his side’s three-point defeat to Thomson last Saturday.
The Centurions’ 3-1 start had already been tarnished with a draw to Anakie and then a one-point defeat to Winchelsea prior to the interleague bye.
Nevertheless their most recent deficit proved to be the cruelest after Thomson ball winner Daniel Freeman landed the decider in the dying stages of the Civilex Oval thriller.
“Right now, I just can’t get over the loss,” Smith said last night.
“It was pretty hard to stomach because we had another 38 minute final quarter where we were trying to hang on and hoping for the final siren to go.”
He continued, “I want the boys to know that I realise that they are trying hard and that their effort is there but we’re just falling short and not quite getting the results that we deserve.”
“I’m certainly aware of how those losses might hurt you later on; sometimes you lose games where you’re out-played but what’s painful is we could have been 7-2 right now.”
“Although the club stays positive about the progress that we’re making and the opposition compliments the type of footy we’re playing; we were five points away from another three wins.”
Werribee initially sat equal top of the table after four rounds however the developing side is now seventh due to a poor 1-3 home record against quality opponents.
“We haven’t really shown our home crowd what we’re capable of doing,” Smith explained.
“They have had a glimpse of what we could do but, had we held on, the win would have been massive.”
Werribee will now host the ninth placed Belmont Lions (2-7) who are in desperate search of their first away win for the season.
Smith assures his men that there will be plenty to take out of this test.
“Our boys are young but they’ve learnt the difference between arrogance (thinking you can’t lose) and confidence (knowing that you can win).”
He continued, “We’re in the bottom half now and the second half of the season will be a lot more difficult but this year we’ve showed that when we turn up we know we can win.”
Smith’s son, and GDFL interleague star, Jackson will likely to again receive a tag while fellow young midfielders Blake Taylor and Daryl Chesterman may also receive attention in the forward half.
“Our younger bodies do struggle against the stronger sides but we to still be in the game against Thomson with 30 seconds to go shows our boys are making the adjustment.”
Saturday afternoon may also see the match-up of former St Joseph’s teammates Aadyn Sleep Dalton (Werribee Centrals) and Jay Kirwood (Belmont Lions).
By Alex Tigani
GDFL Media (13/06/2018)