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 begin by speaking to the Head Coaches of Palm Beach and Nerang, Brett Budwee and Lee Vernon!
Palm Beach- Brett Budwee
Palm Beach will be looking to come out with a bang after the break, with the clear message of consistency preached by their coach Brett Budwee to his young squad. The break came at a welcome time for the Sharks with players coming back itching for a game and the niggling injuries well passed the squad.
With heavy focus on keeping the level of fitness and working twice as hard during the break, Budwee was pleased with how his side came back to full training once everything returned.
“The boys have shown that they were working hard during the initial lockdown phase. Once we returned back to full training I could see that they weren’t far off where we were before the break,” said Budwee.
The side managed to get a few games in the abbreviated pre-season but with the first official game this weekend, Budwee knew that his side needed to focus on one thing in the shortened season.
“With the players coming back in full swing and injury free, we know that it all comes down to consistency for us week in week out this year. If we can maintain that level we know we can play and keep that desire to win for the duration of the year, I am confident we can achieve the goals we set out in 2020,” said Budwee.
The Sharks return to the field in the Round 2 catch up fixture against Southport this weekend.
Nerang- Lee Vernon
Nerang Coach Lee Vernon said it was a shock to the system having the break in what is normally a busy time in football. With a few players forced back to their homelands due to the COIVD-19 pandemic, the Eagles will be forced to re-shuffle and adjust on the fly as they prepare for the shortened 2020 season.
“It was hard for us in the beginning stages of the lockdown to get players motivated to work individually as we didn’t know what was going to happen. Our fitness levels aren’t the best but at the end of the day we are happy to get back out on the pitch,” said Vernon.
With the short time after full clearance contact and the resumption of the season, the Eagles will hope that their regular season form can improve on where they have been at during the practice matches.
“I’m not entirely happy with the performances we have put together in the last few weeks but again it is unprecedented times. We have had to adjust to so many different factors and we hope that after the tough pre-season we can put it all together and play some good football moving forward.”
The season will pose challenges to Vernon that he has never had to face in his coaching career, the message to his side is simple from the highly successful coach.
“We have to focus on one week at a time. Although that is the message from most coaches to their teams, we know that with the horror draw we have coming up and the level we are at, we just have to keep focused and continue to play the football we know we can,” said Vernon.
The Eagles face Surfers Paradise in their Round 2 catch up match at Bob Jeffrey Field this weekend.