Eden team fo­cus on the pos­i­tives

Central Leader - - SPORT - By JU­LIAN RAETHEL

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.’’

Pho­tos: PHOTOTEK

Above: Eden’s cap­tain Richard Walker comes away with the ball.

Right: Eden’s Manesh Pa­tel, right, fights for the ball.

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