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 Southport and Robina, Rob Semple and Nathan Mulhearn!
Southport- Rob Semple
The Warriors will be looking to resume their season and build off their initial 5-5 draw result with defending champions Burleigh Heads.
Head Coach Rob Semple said his side have had a different preparation than expected for the resumption of the season.
“I was concerned that it would be a pre-season 2.0 but the boys have definitely come back fitter than at the beginning of the year. We managed to get three games in a short period but I still think we will be four weeks off getting to full flight,” said Semple.
Although the results have been positive for his side in the shortened preparation periods, Semple concluded that the tests they face now are much more difficult than what they have faced.
“We know the quality of opposition we will come up against in the Premier League will be a much different test to that of what we faced in these three games. The true reflection of where we are at will be known after this weekend’s game,” said Semple.
The priority for the Warriors remains on staying away from the play-off spot for 8th place in the 2020 season.
“We have prioritised just ensuring that we don’t finish in that play-off spot. Anything above that will be a bonus for us this season but if we can put all the pieces together I am sure we can get some good results along the way,” said Semple.
The Warriors face Palm Beach this Saturday in the Round 2 catch up.
Robina- Nathan Mulhearn
Robina will be looking to kick on from their first win in the Premier League for 2020 when the season resumes.
Having a tough introduction to the 2020 season but managing to bounce back against Broadbeach, Head Coach Nathan Mulhearn said that it was finally good to be back preparing for the resumption of the season.
“It was hard with so much unknown in day to day life during the break but now we have a bit of normality and it’s been great to get back to doing what we all love,” said Mulhearn.
Mulhearn expected different levels of fitness from his squad depending on whether they put in the work during the break.
“I’m sure we are all in the same position that we have squad members who worked harder than others during the break. In our couple of games heading into the resumption, we had to work a bit harder off the ball which was a good test of our level. When competition points are at stake though is when we truly find out where we are at,” said Mulhearn.
With a shortened season upon us in 2020, the Robina coach knows that consistency is key for his squad.
“We need to make sure that we have enough fundamentals in place that if we have an off day we can still come away with points. It may not be pretty but as long as we can be consistent and effective we will put ourselves in good positions,” said Mulhearn.
Robina face Southport next week in Round 3 action.