Consistency the key as Coffs Coast Tigers pursue improvement
There is often a cliche used in sport that refers to being able to train the way you want to play.
Coffs Coast Tigers plan to take a leaf out of that book as they aim to go to the next level in the Coastal Premier League in 2022.
The Tigers were one of the surprise packets last season which culminated in a run of seven victories and a draw from their final eight matches that catapulted them into second spot.
They even managed to be one of four teams that took points off runaway premiers Coffs City United.
That’s now in the past as coach Luke Stow looks for ways where the Tigers can improve.
“The way you train is the way you play, so for us it’s having that consistent training and training with intent,” he said.
“From my perspective, what was done last season was last season and now it’s a new season so we start, refocus, set our targets and we aim to make that happen.
“That comes from ensuring everything we do at training we put on the park. We believe we can win every match.”
Stow admitted it would be a challenge to ensure last year’s success wasn’t just a flash in the pan, but he was confident the playing squad is capable of backing it up.
“When we discuss what style we’re going to play, what we’re going to do on the park, they respond to everything I speak about and they also have confidence themselves. That’s what gives me confidence. The way they play the game as well, they all have a very good football knowledge, it’s just whether they put it all together as a team and that’s my job,”
Coffs Coast know the sign of a good side is being able to produce consistent performances week after week – it’s what the Coffs City Lions have done for years.
But they’re setting the bar high.
“First and foremost the top two is our aim, but we want to win the competition, definitely,” Stow said.
“Last year I set the bar at making finals but this year we’re aiming higher. We want to be in the top two, that’s where we’re setting our goals.
“My philosophy is to keep setting the bar higher. There’s always more room to improve.”