Forrestfield into pre­mier league

Kalamunda Reporter - - Sport -

FOR the first time in more than 30 years, Forrestfield United Soc­cer Club has been pro­moted to the Na­tional Pre­mier League WA af­ter over­com­ing Man­durah City 6-3 on ag­gre­gate at Se­cu­ri­tas Pro­tect Sta­dium on Septem­ber 23.

Coach Rod Ban­jac said at the fi­nal whis­tle play­ers and sup­port­ers cel­e­brated on the pitch, as the Hart­field Park club sealed a spot in the top flight of WA foot­ball for the first time since 1986.

“I knew we were go­ing to be up for a chal­lenge, sim­ply be­cause of our in­ex­pe­ri­ence in big match sit­u­a­tions, and know­ing the Man­durah team would have an­a­lysed every­thing we do, and credit to them, they came out with all guns fir­ing and scored the early goal,” he said.

“That flus­tered us and af­ter the sec­ond and third we were all at sea, so at half­time we set­tled them down and started fo­cus­ing on our in­di­vid­ual re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and we played the way we are ca­pa­ble off.

“I’ve got a great squad, the play­ers get on re­ally well and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Ban­jac said the hard work would start now, as the squad looked to make their mark on the NPL.

“I’m al­ready pre­par­ing for the next sea­son in the NPL,” he said.

“We have a beau­ti­ful com­mu­nity be­hind us and we have a lovely venue.

“I’m pinch­ing my­self, be­cause that was a dream of ours five years ago and we’ve achieved it a year ahead of sched­ule.

“We are dead set fo­cused on en­rich­ing the world of foot­ball in this state as we have so much tal­ent.”

Forrestfield de­fender Scott Barker praised the work of Ban­jac.

“The boys have stuck to­gether from the start and we all be­lieved in our coaches plan from the get go, and it’s paid off and we’re see­ing the re­sults now,” he said.

Ban­jac said the pro­mo­tion to the NPL would ben­e­fit youth teams.

"Although this is a mas­sive achieve­ment by our se­nior boys on the park, it is our youth and ju­niors that will ben­e­fit the most as the path­way is now com­plete,” he said.

“They can now reach the high­est state level of com­pe­ti­tion with­out leav­ing their nat­u­ral habi­tat of Hart­field Park.”

Forrestfield United cel­e­brate af­ter be­ing pro­moted to the NPL WA.

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