Confederates' focus is on development

DEVELOPMENT is the only thing on Confederates president Belinda Ferguson’s mind.

‘Feds had a tumultuous 2013 season, losing 17 games in a row while scoring just three goals. They also underwent a coaching restructure.

After six rounds last year without a win, coach Graham Bell was stood down by the club, and replaced by Jo McRae, Julie Pitt and Fiona Reith.

Despite the new coaching regime also failing to win a game, Ferguson said they were successful as a unit.

“The players finished the season really enjoying their hockey,” Ferguson said, referring to one of the goals of the coaching trio - to have fun.

“Even though we didn’t get a win the main focus was on development, and the girls definitely improved.”

Ferguson said development will be the key for 2014 as well, with one eye solely focused on the future.

“We haven’t decided on our coaches yet for this year,” Ferguson explained.

“Jo McRae has other commitments and won’t be involved, however the main focus is definitely still developing our juniors. We’re looking toward the next few years, if we can keep improving and push the better teams, and maybe even get a win or two it will be successful year.”

Ferguson said the loss of Marsh and Wakefield was “huge”, but is confident the club has enough depth to fill the void.

“We have a lot of youngsters coming through the ranks, and with the loss of two of our senior players they’ll need to fill a big hole. We’re hoping our attitude now, focusing on the next couple of years, will help them gain the experience they need to become the senior players as they get older,” she said.

‘Feds have started pre-season training, with fitness at 6am on Tuesday morning at Jaegar Reserve, and stick work between 6-7pm at the Orange Hockey Centre on Sundays.

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