Prepa­ra­tion key to Kim­ber­ley de­feat

Pilbara News - - Sports - Ben Leahy

Prepa­ra­tion will be the key to restor­ing the Pil­bara’s pride against Broome and Derby’s best footy play­ers, interleague coach Rick Hockey says.

The for­mer Port Hed­land Rovers premier­ship cap­tain­coach takes charge of the North Pil­bara Foot­ball League’s best play­ers as they face-off against the West Kim­ber­ley Foot­ball League squad at Colin Mathe­son Oval this Satur­day. The NPFL team un­der Hockey is com­ing off a con­vinc­ing win against New­man’s league last year; how­ever, its record against the Kim­ber­ley makes for more som­bre read­ing.

The north­ern­ers have hum­bled the Pil­bara play­ers in their last three clashes.

To right this wrong, Hockey did what all good coaches should do and took his play­ers to the pub.

“We took a dif­fer­ent ap­proach this year and … we went down to Whim Creek and put on a few beers and a feed, and I went through a 30 to 40-minute talk with the play­ers about how we would ap­proach the game,” he said.

Hockey said he had been watch­ing lo­cal games and chat­ting to each NPFL coach over email and the phone to de­ter­mine the best game plan.

He said his team had made it clear that the game was not to be taken lightly.

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