DESPITE two losses in the first two rounds of the Premier League Hockey season, Kinross-CYMS coach Pete Shea is adamant his team can turn it around.
Early signs suggest the green and golds are set for long, arduous 2014 season after a 1-0 loss to Bathurst City, which was later changed to 5-0 after it was discovered Kinross-CYMS fielded an unregistered player.
Shea’s team also lost four competition points, and entered last week’s round two clash with Bathurst Souths on minus four competition points. They were duly demolished, 10-1.
Shea’s troops now enter round three, still on minus four, against Parkes, desperately needing to improve.
Several players were unavailable for the clash with Souths, and will return for today’s clash.
One of those players is Meredith Bone, twin sister of current Hockeyroo Edwina Bone, and former ACT Striker.
“She’s just helping us out,” she said.
“We’re welcoming back quite a few others as well which will definitely help us out, especially in terms of stability at the back.”
Last week’s thrashing provided a surprising postive, Shea said, and taught them the importance of maintaining possession.
“It gives the younger players plenty of experience, and lets them see the level they need to be playing at to compete,” he said.
“If we can control the ball, and control possession it’ll go a long way to helping us keep our heads in the game. It will be a steep learning curve for a lot of players, and I think it may be a slow process, especially results-wise, but I’ve got little doubt we will continue to improve.”
Kinross-CYMS take on Parkes today, in Parkes, from 1.25pm.