Hibiscus Coast AFC looking for strong start to season
Hibiscus Coast AFC have started the football season with a new coach and game plan.
Club technical director Mauricio Rojas has taken up the reins of the club's first team, after Craig Daly stood down at the end of last season.
Under Daly the team got off to a flying start in 2016 which saw them quickly sitting in the top three of the NRFL's division one.
But an administration error saw them fined a points deduction for an unregistered player, and injuries and leaves of absence saw the side weakened and tied as the second facing relegation by the end of the season. But they scrapped through on goal difference.
Preseason training began at Metro Park in Millwater last week, with a training programme focusing on getting player strength and agility required for the playing system the club wants to play this year, Rojas says.
Which is going to be disciplined, aggressive football on defence and dynamic and strong on the ball in attack, he says.
Rojas is joined by Kenny Halliday as assistant coach and the two have developed a detailed training plan as they look to their first game against Mt Albert away on March 24 and beyond.
"It is something we have spent time planning because we believe we have the right players and we want to make sure they are given the tools to perform and do the job we want on the field," Rojas says.
The first team will also see sport psychology introduced this year with mental toughness coach Jamie Ford working with players through the season.
"He will be making sure players are in the right mindset during games and training," Rojas says.
Rojas is also looking to strengthen the relationship between the first team and other teams at the club and this year each first team player will mentor a junior team.