McCulloch thrilled for his players

McCulloch thrilled for his players

Posted on July 15, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup Coach Dale McCulloch said last week’s win against Stirling Lions showed how far his side have come this season.

The win took the Jacks unbeaten run to six and McCulloch said he was thrilled for his players. “We showed a great deal of character today, we’re usually on the other end of those results, but to turn it around and win it late against a good Stirling side, showed what we’re all about,” he said.

“To be fair we created enough chances to win seven games, never mind one, but they got themselves back in it through whatever kind of decision the referee made, but I’m not going to comment until I see the replay, but to win it late I’m really buzzing for the boys.”

McCulloch said a chat at the break to the players worked with Andy Higgins’ free kick delivering the winner. “We spoke at half time about playing the conditions and Andy’s free kick was a great delivery and when it hit the deck it skidded on,” he explained. “They were very hard conditions to defend in, and I, and the other coaches and support staff, were delighted to see it hit the back of the net.”

The Coach said games like that were ending in defeats last season and this, but he said they showed have far they have come. “I spoke to the players after the game and said earlier in the season we would have gone on and lost that game, but it showed how far we’ve come within the year,” he said.

“But the players we’ve brought into the club, and all the experience and excellence they bring in have added quality, and we’re all really proud of them and as a club we haven’t been on the end of wins like that for a long time, and the boys were really buzzing in the rooms after the game.”

McCulloch said Stirling are a good side and to take maximum points off them was a great effort, but the penalty decision was a mystery and let them back in the game. “I thought we did really well to stop them today, like I said they are a good side and we showed what we’re about,” he said. “The penalty was a kick in the guts for the players, and to make the save but concede was a really shame for Lewis, because it was a hell of a save from the penalty, but we got the game done in the end.”