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Coaches Corner: Round 15

After two home wins in succession we came into our Round 15 clash against Yarraville FC with a good mentality and a strong week on the track.

The move to our new home at City Vista has been a very special experience and the club continues to do a wonderful job supporting the football department - we also continue to build out the football program off the park.

There is so much work still going on around the complex which will put our facility at the forefront of the domestic game. So exciting. However, that brings with it a challenge!

We now go into every single home game with a massive target on our backs. I have no doubt other teams will come to our complex with a point to prove and they will always bring and deliver their best. Our facility will bring the best out of them and will be a fixture that they will always mark in the calendar.  Our challenge is to match the endeavor and effort opposition teams bring, and then find the way to win.

This week we played our first home game on a grass pitch – Pitch 2 is an absolute dream to play and prepare on. After two games on the smaller artificial surface we moved to this longer and wider pitch. It was great to see more of our Georgies faithful supporting the group. So great to hear and feel their support.

On a wet, cold and windy day we got off to a slow start playing the first half against the wind.  We had a lot of respect for Yarraville given their recent form. They definitely shaded possession in the first part of the game but we still had a number of very good chances to take the lead. In the end we were disappointed to concede a goal direct from a wide free kick - after reviewing the video the conditions (wind etc.) played a major role. Well played Yarraville.

But our response in the second half was fantastic. Whilst we scored a fortuitous equaliser through our big man George Slefandorfas, we were unlucky not to go on and win it after some great passages. Having said that, the last five minutes was a concern -  we got so desperate to find the winner (which is a great sign at home) that we lost some of our structure and got caught on the break.  In the end, lots of positives – by the way - I am unsure how we are yet to get a penalty in the last 4 weeks – but plenty of upside.

This week we may have to move the game back onto artificial given all the practicalities around playing games on Pitch 2 - given the distance from dressing rooms/canteen etc. but that is no issue for us – having said that, we can’t wait to get onto the Elite Pitch which look amazing – and the new seating, grand stand area is going to look fantastic!

This week we host Essendon Royals, who like us, are a completely different team given their recent signings from Pascoe Vale in the NPL. Will be a huge challenge for us – one we look forward to embracing and again to test ourselves and establish where we are at.

We will need to continue to show our #GeorgiesCourage.

Eric Vassiliadis

Senior Coach

Caroline Springs George Cross FC

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