Eden team focus on the positives
Although they haven’t won a game this season, there are plenty of positives coming out of Eden’s premier men’s hockey squad.
Eden were always going to struggle against top dogs Southern, losing 7-1 in their Auckland Premier Hockey League match at Papatoetoe on May 2.
Co-coach Blaise Monteira says although the results aren’t coming yet, they’ve taken a big step forward from last year. ‘‘We’re building a team now. ‘‘Last year when we played Southern it was something like 16 or 17-nil. . . we got thrashed by everyone.
‘‘We were demoralised so badly and trying to get the mindset and attitude right is something (cocoach) Nic Pennington and I are working on,’’ Monteira says.
Sean Griffin scored the only goal for Eden which came within the first 10 minutes of the second half.
A penalty was given by the referee after a player was obstructed in the area, which Griffin duly converted.
Eden head to Auckland Grammar School to take on Sommerville tomorrow for round five.
Monteira is hoping their more structured approach will pay dividends.
‘‘With this team I think we’ve got a chance to give them a good fight. I’ll grab a win with both hands.’’
Above: Eden’s captain Richard Walker comes away with the ball.
Right: Eden’s Manesh Patel, right, fights for the ball.