Coach wants return to big match form
COACH Craig Thomas is hoping the ACE Under 13 Division 4 play true to form in Saturday’s semi-final. His squad, currently second on the ladder, has consistently raised its game and played better against the best sides. ACE beat minor premiers Mitchelton (2-0 at home), third-placed Pine Hills 3-2 away and did the double over UQ (2-1 and 6-1) who are fourth. The only defeats were at Mitchelton (1-0) and home to Pine Hills (3-1).| “We have performed very well against the good sides,” said Craig, “in fact we were the only team to beat the minor premiers (Mitchelton). “Against the lesser teams I felt we dropped off a bit, but we’re hoping the finals will be different.Greg Bradley (ACE Reserves coach) has come in to help, to mix things up a bit, just changes things a bit.“We hope it will be a lift for the boys before the finals when we’ll need to lift our game again. I was very proud of our 1-0 win against the top team and I hope we can get back to that form.”ACE seem set to face Pine Hills in their semi-final at James Drysdale Reserve, 12.45pm on Saturday, with Mitchelton likely to be waiting in the final. It could be a grand finale to a great season which has seen ACE score 42 goals, concede 19 for a goal difference of +23. Hayden Jacobsen is the leading scorer with 11.“We had a good core of the boys from last season, when we made the finals,” said Craig, “we only train once a week, but they have all come together well. “The parents have all been very good. They have been to all the games and very supportive. “So has Mark Luff (team manager). He has done that role for a while and has been a great help.” ACE Under 13 Division 4 squad: Riley Timms, Nick Thomas, Matt Luff, Kane Scully, Sebastian Harridge, Adrian Lucente, Luke Hutchings, Luke Esslemont , Hayden Jacobsen, Auden Myers, Benjamin Werda, Jake Westcott, Ryan Martin, Lucas Dsouza, Lachlan Spencer-long term.
Great season guys and good luck in the finals.