Andrew Farmilo has highlighted playing as a team as one of the critical factors to his sides chances at this weekends NSW U15 Boys and Girls Indoor State Championships at Niagara Park.
Farmilo is coaching the Tamworth A boys, who will contest Division 1 and open their campaign against Newcastle on Saturday morning.
That will be a tough start.
“Newcastle will be good,” Farmilo said.
“They’ve got a lot of good individual field players.”
In saying that, you can shut that down.
“We’ve got to get our presses right,” he said.
He ran them for their final training session on Tuesday, with son Isaac looking after them for the last couple of weeks while he was away with the NSW Blues U13s boys field side.
He said they are looking alright and is hoping to, at the least, perform better than they did last year and make the semi-finals.
A lot of that will depend on how they gel as a team.
“I don’t think we’ve got the individual brilliance to win that way. We’ll have to play well as a team to get into the semi-finals,” he said.
Accordingly they have been working on a lot of one-touch hockey.
“Trying to get rid of it as quick as we can,” he said.
You can’t afford to get caught running the ball in indoor.
“Trying to utilise that team-work and guys getting into space,” he said.
The Tamworth Bs will be one of the first sides in action, taking on Sydney South (1) at 8am, followed by Port Macquarie.
The girls also continue their campaign after their championships started on Friday.