Oldies Hold On Through Victory Late Charge
It wasn’t a pretty display of shooting but it was a tight contest. Played in warm conditions, the 3 x 30 minute “thirds” seem to help the Victory players more than the Subiaco Vets, and as the Vets slowed, Victory grew more confident and began understanding each other and Coach Becky Piotrowski’s instructions. Victory debutante, Francis Wanjiru was quick enough up front to get the ball enough but struggled to find the net.
The back line, including Andrew Baker, Sean White, Sebastian Schulze and Dan McLaughlin did well to push the shots outside of the 18 yard box to help Keeper Karl Svarcs to see most shots coming. Plenty of errors still popped up all over the park but it was game ONE and there were still calls of “Hey you!” and “Number 22!” to show how much more match play Victory need to play together.
It took a while for goals to come but players on both sides were looking to just find some rhythm by the time the final whistle went.
There was some nice movement across the Victory midfield to keep the ball out of where Subiaco wanted it – through the middle – and overall, it was a good battle to watch for the first time out.
The HUGE crowd of 30 (half made up of Victory subs) was great to see and special thanks to Victory Club President Peter Fletcher who offered to run the line again (after the VicPark Ladies earlier).
Coach Becky left the press conference with “Do you see how much
[censored] work I have to do now?”