NRFL

Club philosophy in the minds of Coast

Discipline, hard work and passion are all that settles in the minds of the Hibiscus Coast players, and head coach, Mauricio Rojas is regulating that procedure to ensure his side pushes for a streak of better results in the Lotto NRFL Division one this season.

The philosophical weaponry will be Hibiscus Coast’s main firearm this season, with the attitude to solidify positive results from the get-go.

The last round of Lotto NRFL Division One fixtures saw Coast dominate a solid and persistent Waiheke United side in the second half to eventually take the honours of a 6-3 win, however, a challenge looms ahead of them as Rojas and his men will travel to Gower Park to take on WaiBOP giants, Melville United on Saturday.

With a vital three points up for grabs, the Hibiscus Coast gaffer admits Melville will be no plain sailing and is willing to keep the focus on sticking to the team philosophy this season.

“They’ve had a decent start to the season and it will be a game that we need to keep track of right from the beginning.” Rojas said.

“Both teams are currently sitting in the top four and both teams look very strong, so that will be a good test for both us and them.”

“We will keep sticking to our club and team philosophy which is, discipline, hard work and passion and that is the main weapon that we know is going to work out for us this season.”

“It will be tough, nothing will come for granted, but even then, we will be thinking about what they’re going to do when we come face to face with them on the field.”

“It will all come down to the game, and the better team on the day will take home the three points.”

Coast’s 6-3 win over Waiheke last weekend will boost their confidence going into the fixture, but Melville are also in fine line after a positive result, with the Hamilton-based side beating Manurewa last week 6-2.

Although Coast had the better of Waiheke last week, Rojas is hoping his side will accumulate to a better start and adapt quicker to the match against his opponents on Saturday.

“We need to improve on the first 20 minutes of the match, because most of the time that’s where we are a little bit sloppy and then we concede goals, but once we get into the game, the boys start performing and we end up creating chances and capitalizing on those chances.”

“If we take each game as it comes and keep playing with the same passion and discipline and focus, the results will come and this weekend we will have the same attitude, making sure that we take just one game at a time and we know that this game is going to be physical game, so we need to prepare for it well.”

Melville will welcome Hibiscus Coast to Gower Park on Saturday – The match will kick off at 3pm.

Other Lotto NRFL Division One Fixtures:

Forrest Hill Milford United vs Ellerslie AFC – Becroft Park
Waiheke United vs Waitemata FC – Onetangi Hill – Waiheke
Oratia United vs North Shore United – Parrs Park
Tauranga City AFC vs Manurewa AFC – Links Ave
Mt Albert-Ponsonby vs Fencibles United – Anderson Park

All matches are scheduled to kick off at 3pm.