With the ASN GCPL and Coast League One seasons set to return this weekend, we spoke to all the coaches on how they have prepared for the resumption and much more! We continue by speaking to the Head Coaches of Burleigh and Coomera, Colin Phelan and Steve Macdonald.
Burleigh- Colin Phelan
The double winners from 2019 will look to get back in the thick of things when they return back to field this weekend. The Bulldogs have had a solid time off and are excited to get back into the premiership race.
“It’s fantastic to get back into the team environment and get all the lads back on board and keen to get back to work. They’ve all been doing their own things fitness wise and we can only trust that they have looked after themselves,” said Phelan.
Overall Phelan has said that he needs to be realistic on the level of fitness of his squad and knows that at the start it will take some time to get the machine moving.
“We had three games and have improved consistently throughout those. I know that some players haven’t worked as much as they probably should have but overall we know that we will have work to do once the season starts back,” said Phelan.
Having won the double last year, Phelan said the importance of staying fit and healthy throughout the shortened season would be paramount.
“If we stay fit and keep the players as ready as we can we will give ourselves every opportunity to win games. We will have some tough times throughout the year like every team but if we hit the ground running I am sure we will be fine,” said Phelan.
The Bulldogs face Coomera this weekend in the Round 2 catch up game.
Coomera- Steve Macdonald
Steve Macdonald’s Coomera side will be raring to go come this weekend to continue on where they left off from Round 1.
With a big scalp of Nerang to kick things off, Macdonald recognised that getting back to playing is the most important thing for his side.
“We’ve been training a long, long time with only a limited amount of competitive fixtures so it will be fantastic to get back out there. The boys have kept relatively fit for the duration of the break so we are pleased on where we are at heading into the season,” said Macdonald.
Although results came for the Colts in pre-season, Macdonald said that his expectations were not met and he wanted to see a different gear from his side come competition time.
“We had a similar outcome of the friendlies as we did right back at the start of the year. We know what we are capable of and if we can execute our style we will continue to win games and hopefully reach the goals we have set for ourselves,” said Macdonald.
The Colts have been competitive under Macdonald in his two years, with consistency being the main let down for the side in years gone by.
“If we can keep that consistency up in the shortened season we will be fine. We know that the football at the start may not be the best spectacle but we are going out with the mindset that three points at all costs is essential,” said Macdonald.
The Colts face Burleigh this weekend in the round 2 catch up game.