ST KILDA CITY FOOTBALL CLUB – HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

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Youth and energy have been the key drivers of the St Kilda City Football Club this year. Following last year’s preliminary final loss and the retirement of six players over the age of 31, the club has put more responsibility into the hands of its younger players. The rewards have been great, although a little inconsistent.

Second-year coach, Mick Stinear, has done an excellent job in developing a style of play that is suited to the younger and lighter bodies of the current players.

“We lost a lot of good players in the off-season,” said Mick. “The talent can be replaced quickly, but the experience and knowing how to win is something that takes time to develop in a group of young players. I’m really enjoying coaching this group of boys and believe that we’ll surprise a few teams, if we can get everyone on the field at the business end of the season.”

At the midway mark of the Southern Football League season, the team is just holding on to a final’s position. It sits in fifth position, which is a perfect reflection of their year so far. The boys have beaten every team below them and lost to every team above.

City came out hard against second-placed Cheltenham three weeks ago and took a five goal lead into the half time break, only to be overrun in the second half and lose by eleven points.

St Kilda City v Cheltenham

Club President, Shaun Cotter said “this game was a great example of how much potential the side has when playing its best football, but it also displayed our lack of experience when a good team puts pressure on us.”

 

It has been a terrific year for the St Kilda City Football Club both on and off the field. Continuing last year’s progress, they have continued to focus on creating a family club with strong links to the local community. They have recently reached level-two accreditation in the Good Sports program.

 

Off-field support is vital for local sporting clubs. Sponsors and volunteers are always appreciated. “We are grateful for the support provided by local businesses in the St Kilda area this season” said Cotter. “Whether it’s financial support or goods and services, every little bit helps. If there’s anyone out there who would like to support us, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the Club.”

 

Follow the Club online via Facebook or Twitter. Contact details and season fixtures are available online at www.stkildacity.com If you get the chance, drop by the Peanut Farm on Saturday afternoons to see your local team representing the St Kilda community with pride.

By Shaun Cotter

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