Play­ers pride in the Jer­sey for Bund­aberg coach

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

FOOT­BALL: Af­ter a win­less campaign in the In­ter-City Cup com­pe­ti­tion, Bund­aberg men’s coach Tim Lun­non is call­ing for more play­ers to have pride in the jer­sey.

On Satur­day the side lost 1-0 to a strong Rock­hamp­ton side as Bund­aberg strug­gled to get any co­he­sion go­ing with a lack of train­ing.

De­spite an im­prove­ment in the sec­ond half, the team failed to take its chances as the op­po­si­tion se­cured the win.

Pleased with the per­for­mance in the sec­ond half, coach Lun­non said those who played did a good job.

“I was re­ally pleased with our sec­ond half as we gained more pos­ses­sion and could have scored a goal or two,” he said.

“We strug­gled to get peo­ple to­gether and re­quired fill-in play­ers.”

With this sea­son the first that fea­tures three other city teams, Lun­non is hop­ing next year can bring more com­mit­ment from those se­lected to play.

“As we raise the level and pro­file of the com­pe­ti­tion the aim is to get ev­ery­one play­ing who is asked to play,” he said.

“We’re hop­ing to add more cen­tres next year and make it a lit­tle big­ger.”

While the men strug­gled this year, the women ex­celled as they stayed un­de­feated.

A 3-2 win over Rock­hamp­ton on Satur­day fol­lowed their im­pres­sive 3-0 win over the Fraser Coast in the open­ing round.

They didn’t have ev­ery­thing their own way though as the team played the sec­ond half with no sub­sti­tutes and the first half with 10 play­ers for 25 min­utes due to in­jury.

Coach Ken Davis said the team fo­cused on the mid­field to se­cure the win.

“We put three in the for­ward line early be­fore putting a player back when we went down to 10.

“The girls did well to hold the mid­field bat­tle and I’m proud of their ef­forts.”

Prais­ing all his play­ers, Davis couldn’t sin­gle out just one. In­stead he said the Bund­aberg re­gion was get­ting bet­ter in the women’s game.

“Wins def­i­nitely show the im­prove­ment of the com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

“The girls also had the right at­ti­tude and pro­vided plenty of drive to suc­ceed.

“With lim­ited re­sources as well the girls did an amaz­ing job.”

With the NewsMail and Ladies Cup this week­end, some play­ers will now get a de­served week off.

POWER SHOT: Joe Wil­liams in ac­tion for the Bund­aberg Men’s Rep team at Martens Oval.

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