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Sawtell Scorpions building for second half of the season

THE Sawtell Scorpions are starting to build some momentum heading into the second half of the Coastal League One Women season.

While the overall results haven’t come so far this season, the Scorpions have been competitive in a number of matches.

This was illustrated in their last game against the Coffs City United Lionesses, in which Scorpions coach Graham Shanahan felt they had played their best football.

“The first half was the best we’d played all season,” he said.

“Our intensity and high press were great, and we pinned Coffs back and they couldn’t get out of their own half.

“It could have gone either way.”

The Scorpions were also competitive in their defeat to the Urunga Raiders, which caught the eye of the opposing coach.

“Urunga coach Trevor Martin complimented us on our brand of football, especially our intensity and high press, which meant a lot,” he said.

“He told me we pushed them more than any other team this season, and got the Raiders to go to another level.

“We have been competitive in every game, and we could have beaten Coffs last week or Macleay Valley in our first game of the season.”

The Scorpions coach said this season was about building his young side for the future.

“We have a lot of young players, as we have 5 or 6 17-year-olds and a couple of 18-year-olds,” he said.

“So it’s a process and about developing a style of play and building momentum, and making sure they know they can compete in and deserve to be in this competition.

“Our 14s to 16s girls teams are doing well, and the club is really building for the future.”

Shanahan was looking forward to seeing the improvement continue into the second half of the season.

“I have been really happy with their progress after some teething issues early,” he said,

“Now it’s about turning good performances into results.”

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