CONCEDING goals in the all-important key moments was an all-too-common theme at Toormina Oval in 2020.
And unsurprisingly it has been the focus for Sawtell coach Joe Skrtic in the off-season; one he knows they need to improve.
“It was a very young side last year and that inexperience showed in games so we conceded certain goals from our mistakes,” he said.
“We didn’t have that experience around us.”
While the Scorpions still have a young team again this year, they have gained a few senior players who not only bring experience to the team but will also help guide the younger players.
Skrtic believes they have a better balance this year with their younger players another year older and another year under their belt of playing in a physically demanding competition.
The coach admitted the key to minimising the chance of conceding goals in key moments came with hard work and focus.
“We have to develop the awareness of players so they can keep their focus of watching where the ball is and where their player is in defence,” he said.
“That comes with more game time and through playing at a higher level.
“I can provide them with guidance and pass on the experience that I have and hope they take things on board.”
If they can’t find a solution to their lack of concentration, they will again find themselves in the bottom half of the competition.
“We know physically it’s going to be a challenge but I know they have the ability to play at this level and they’re going to learn so much by playing another season in seniors.”
Captain Duncan Cooper will have an important leadership role to play as Sawtell look to challenge for the finals.
“I believe in my players and there is no reason why we can’t make the finals this year,” Skrtic said.
“I know the boys are focused and determined to prove themselves.”