Preparation key to Kimberley defeat
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.