Coaches happy with Ashfield workout

Coaches happy with Ashfield workout

Posted on January 23, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup Head Coach Dale McCulloch was happy with the sides’ workout against First Division side Ashfield on Saturday morning.

He was really pleased with the fitness level of his players and also the way the new players fitted in. “It was tough conditions today and I was really pleased with the fitness level of the lads and a lot of the credit for that goes to our conditioning coach Mark Scanlan,” he said.

“Shane Pickering played well at the back and moved into midfield in the second half and performed well, likewise Gordon Smith, who is going to cause defenses’ problems this season, and Jay Marsden, who I thought was outstanding today. So the signs are good, but we have to remember we’re still in pre-season.”

McCulloch said they had a lot of potential going forward, and he still has Tommy Amphlett to come in to the squad too. “I thought Josh Booysen and Bayley Montgomery-Brown looked lively down the flanks and they delivered some good balls into the danger area, and it’s scary to think  we still have Tommy to come back in,” he said.

“The squad is looking stronger and players like Paul Miller, who has only trained for the last three sessions, and we got more out of him than we thought today which is pleasing. We’re happy with the run out but we know there is a lot of improvement still to go, and we’ll see how far we have come on in the night series, but our main objective is the league and making our mark next season.”

Assistant Coach David Tough spoke to the defenders before the game and told them they needed to start the pre-season game with a clean sheet, and they duly obliged. “It’s still early days but the lads defended well and we’re looking for Ryan Lowry to step up this season and show what a good player he is and he was good today alongside Shane Pickering,” he said.

“But overall it was a good workout, the new players fitted in well and the young lads we brought off the bench also played well so it was a good day for us, but there is a long way to go before the season starts, but there were a lot of positives today.”

Tough was pleased for Steven McGarry to get 90 minutes under his belt, after missing a large chunk of last season with injury. “It’s great to have Steven at the club, he so influential on the park and off the park and has lifted the professionalism and good for the banter as well.” he said.

“He has worked tirelessly to get back in match condition and he’s got a large part to play next season for us. We move on now and look forward to the Night Series game next weekend against Balcatta next Sunday.”