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 CL1 Head Coaches of Pacific Pines, Bond University and Runaway Bay, Emanuel Meliendrez, Alex Pereira and Nathan Jones!
Pacific Pines- Emanuel Meliendrez
Pacific Pines will be coming back into the season with a limited amount of game time under the belts, with a tough start scheduled. The Pines have already played their round 2 fixture and have the scheduled bye next week, so another two weeks on the sidelines is in store for the side before they return to competition.
Head Coach Meliendrez said that the lack of game time will be an issue for his side in the early stages.
“With the limited preparation and lack of people to play it will be difficult for us to get back up and running. Some players have lost interest during the period so we have some work to do,” said Meliendrez.
Overall, Meliendrez said he was happy with how the side had been training upon return but he is still concerned with what will happen once games begin.
“Training and games are two completely different things. We can say we are ready but as soon as we start playing for points we will truly know what position we are in.”
With the disruption, Meliendrez indicated that his side will just use this period as a tool to get ready for 2021.
“We know the position we were in at the beginning but now that has changed for us. We will use this period to prepare for 2021 and hopefully pick up some wins along the way,” said Meliendrez.
Pacific Pines will return to the field in two weeks time against Kingscliff.
Bond University- Alex Pereira
Bond University enter the re-start in a stronger position than they began the season according to Head Coach Alex Pereira.
Having not played an official competition game yet, Pereira said his side are excited to get on the field and start playing.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed being back and it’s such a happy moment driving the the ground for training and games. We have players returning from injury now which is a positive. We’ve been lucky to only lose a few international players but overall a much stronger team than initially,” said Pereira.
Although the fitness may not be there in the initial stages of the competition, Pereira said he was happy with the progress the side have made.
“We know it will take 2-3 weeks to get to full capacity but we are moving in the right direction which is the most important thing. We will put in a lot of effort and work together as a team which is all you can ask for as a coach,” said Pereira.
The Bullsharks kick off their season against Tweed United tomorrow night.
Runaway Bay- Nathan Jones
The Bayhawks will be coming back into the season hoping to build on what they started at the beginning of the campaign. With a young squad and coach Nathan Jones at the helm, Runaway Bay know the importance of developing as a team.
“We have a young squad who are ready to go once we resume. They are all naturally fit and I’m sure at school have been playing so that won’t be to much of a problem for us once we get back out on the field,” said Jones.
With tough pre-season games under their belt, Jones indicated that development and building for the future is the focus for the club.
“We have set the goals in place for the future years and will be working as a unit to develop these players. The league table won’t merit the outcomes we have set for ourselves but I am confident we can show what we are capable of at a senior level once we kick back off,” said Jones.
The Bullsharks face Musgrave this weekend in Round 2 catch up action.