What have been some key highlights of your teams season so far?
We’ve managed to beat the other 3 top teams by 1 point, 2 points and 4 goals during the first half of the season. All of these games were away from home. In all three games, we were down at some point and clawed our way back which shows great aptitude to playing through adversity. We’ve also played 49 players, which shows the depth of the squad we’ve got.
What has been the highlight for you as coach of your team so far this season?
Seeing the culture develop inside the Ressies squad. Everyone is on the same page with what we want to achieve, and enjoying the rollercoaster ride with each other. It’s a special environment to be in and a part of.
What do you see as the biggest challenge for your team going into the second half of the season?
The competition is pretty lop sided. There are probably 4 or 5 teams in the hunt, and everyone else is a little bit off the pace. So in saying that, complacency would be our biggest challenge. We have to find weekly goals to motivate ourselves against the bottom teams so we don’t fall into bad habits. We need to keep treating every opponent with the same respect, and turning up to those games, making sure we get the job done the right way, so when we come up against another finals bound team, we are ready for the challenge.
What does success look like for your team?
Continual improvement is success for us. Getting better each week. If we do this, the results will take care of themselves.
What are some key games coming up in the second half of the season for your team?
Round 10 against UNSW, Round 12 against St George, and Round 16 against North Shore will all be massive tests for us in the run home to finals. The positive is that we play all 3 of these games at home.
Who are some key players within your team to keep an eye on, and why?
It’s a pretty exciting group. We’ve got a whole squad of contributors. We wouldn’t be in the position we are in without 22 players each week playing their role. But if I had to pick a few… Duncan Clarke has been an intercept marking machine down back, Matt Powys is consistently in our best running through the midfield, and Will Stratford will be the best key forward in the comp by the end of the season (if he isn’t already)…