Played 13 Won 8, Drew 2, Lost 3
FFA Cup – Eliminated round 1
West Torrens Birkalla has proven itself to be the surprise team for 2015.
The team led by Steve De Giovanniello is substantially changed from last term. Birkalla have stormed to third, having also been second for a brief period.
The weekend loss to White City was the first time Birkalla had failed to score.
While it has conceded in each game to date, with Jordan Watson and Ryan Kitto – nine goals apiece – plus Paul Radice – eight – they have firepower in attack.
Birkalla will be aiming to secure a finals place, where it could well spring a surprise.
Played 13 Won 3, Drew 6, Lost 4
Cup – Eliminated round 2
Inconsistency has been the story of the season so far. Winning against all the top teams, bar one, and struggling against the lower placed teams. This is something that was to be expected from a very young group of players.
The aim for the second half of the season is to bridge that gap between very good to poor results and also to make the finals. To do this the players have to increase intensity at training, increase work rate and especially concentration levels.
Many players have stepped up to the Seniors. Peter Karakasilis, Will Plush, Sam Shoemark, Jordan Maricic and Daniel Scorsonelli have had a taste and it is hoped that 2 or 3 others might get the opportunity.
Sam Shoemark is now finding the back of the net on a regular basis with 5 goals in the last 4 games. Daniel, Jordan and Peter are showing maturity beyond their years and Will is showing that he can be a first team regular soon.
Played 13 Won 6, Drew 1, Lost 6
Cup – Eliminated round 3
Whilst results are below average the players have had a steep learning curve in understanding what is expected of a professional football player.
Their age has been a key contributor to their performances, at times breathtaking, whilst at other times quite worrying. Results aside I believe under the difficulty of managing an oversized squad, the boys are progressing well, with four or five needing further challenges.
We have also had to contend with two key players having long term injuries which hasn’t helped with continuity.
Overall we the coaching staff are happy that each player is improving individually, they now need to apply themselves collectively, in hope of reaching the finals.