McCulloch – A season in reflection

McCulloch – A season in reflection

Posted on September 18, 2015 in 'News'

The 2015 PS4 National Premier League WA season for ECU Joondalup, has seen plenty of highs and lows.

Injuries and players unavailable crippled the side at times during the season, which left Coach Dale McCulloch the huge problem of not being able to play a settled side week in and week out, but the huge positive was the number of youngsters coming through the ranks to make their senior debuts.

McCulloch, who was in his second season as senior coach, said it was defiantly testing. “We headed into the season with a great deal of optimism, but you can’t expect everything to go your way, and it defiantly didn’t for us,” he said.

“The one thing I can’t complain about is the commitment from the players this season, and under serve circumstances they gave me 100%, and I thank them for that.”

The club won two of the last three games to move clear of the foot of the table and McCulloch said the younger players stood up and showed him and the rest of the club they can play at this level. “Our academy has produced some talented players over the years, and that held us in good stead this season and nine have made their senior debuts for the club,” he said.

“They haven’t let me or the club down, and have shown once again the talent we have coming through.

“We must now re-group as a club, and look at area’s we want to improve, and try and bring in players to bolster the squad.”

The Coach said he would like to thank the many people who have supported him this season. “The help from my team manager Craig Stevenson and assistant David Annall has been magnificent, and I’d like to thank them both for their hard work,” he said.

“Andy Banks has prepared our keepers all season, and also pulled on the gloves for a few games too, and his work was second to none.

“The physio’s, who had to work overtime some weeks to get the lads on the track, I thank them, and last but not least the ECU committee, for all their support.

“We move on now, and rebuild the squad after losing a number of experienced players, with Charlie Comyn-Platt and Joe Smith heading back to the UK and Jon Higgins retiring.

“But we’re all looking forward to the challenge and we will hopefully be back bigger and stronger next season.”