Koefler leads by example for under 18’s

Koefler leads by example for under 18’s

Posted on July 8, 2016 in 'News'

After a slow start to the 2016 PS4NPLWA under 18’s season, ECU Joondalup have picked up in recent weeks and a major part of their resurgence has been the form of skipper Nicholas Koefler.

The defender has been in sparkling form and he said the boys are hitting their straps now. “I’m quite happy with my performances this season and think that the team has bounced back well from a mediocre start to the season,” he said. “It’s just like last season’s 18’s, who had a bad start and ended on winning the league. We have dealt with a lot of injuries in the side and players had to fill roles that they wouldn’t never have played before and have shown they are adaptable to different positions.”

ECU Under 18’s Coach Paul Welch said Koefler is a great skipper, but said there’s one thing he could get better at. “He could do with winning the pre match toss up more often,” he joked. “But seriously Nick is the one person on the pitch who everybody looks up to and respects and he is very much my voice on the pitch. He oozes football ability and never takes a backward step, always fair, ask the Cockburn player a few games back who had to retire injured after one of those fair encounters. He communicates very well on the pitch and likes to take the game to the opposition, which is what I love to see. He plays left back but to be fair he could play any position and shine, a trait I also look for in a player.”

Many players’ dream of playing overseas but Koefler said he just wants to play for ECU and hopes to push into the first team in years to come. “Playing football is more of enjoyment to me, than to be a professional player, but you never know what’s around the corner,” he said. “I’ve been playing at ECU for the majority of my playing career, but spent two seasons in 2013/14 with NTC/Perth Glory, but I’m happy to be back. ECU have proven that they can develop young players and I think that it is a great spot for any young player to develop their skills.”

Koefler said although things didn’t work out at the NTC and Glory, working with Perth Glory head coach Kenny Lowe was a great experience and he hopes to use what he’s learnt lead ECU under 18’s in to the finals. “Kenny has been the most influential coach for me because he showed me a completely different style of football and I feel as if I gained a lot of experience and progressed my skills the most under him and it’s helped me be a better player and a better person,” he explained. “So we go into to the last seven rounds pushing for a spot in the finals and we are well placed at the moment but face a tough game on Saturday against league leaders Stirling, but we’re looking forward to the challenge.”