Brockie welcomes cheers, not jeers, in Nix debut
Jeremy Brockie made his Wellington Phoenix debut in front of 12,000 fans at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night and when his name was read aloud the biggest cheer came from 45 football fans on a supporter's tour from Nelson.
The Nayland College old boy and former Richmond Athletic and Nelson Suburbs player had an industrious game at striker in the first match of his three-year-deal.
Although he didn't get on the score sheet, Brockie created a number of opportunities for his team-mates in the 2-0 win over Sydney FC.
He said the victory was a great way to start the season and the manner in which it came was just as encouraging.
"It was important that we got off to a good start and I think we were quite dominant over the whole 90 minutes and definitely deserved the win.
"It was a pretty good team effort - everyone worked hard for each other and that was one of the most pleasing things about our performance on the night."
An early chance fell for Brockie from a volley that went wide.
Industrious throughout, he went on a searching angled run across goal in extra time but instead of shooting, Brockie passed to a team-mate in a better position, a strong feature of his game.
"Obviously I had a couple of chances where I could have probably stuck one in the back of the net but overall I worked pretty hard and set up a couple of opportunities for the other boys."
Brockie said the added support from his home town helped make the occasion as did the reception from the faithful yellow fever fans.
"It was brilliant to run out in a Wellington jersey for the first time. I'm normally used to running out into Westpac Stadium and getting a bit of stick from the crowd, so it was good to have the cheers behind me and the rest of the team."
After the match, while the team thanked the crowed, Brockie lingered in front of Aisle 25.
"I had a good look up there and just wanted to thank everybody for coming over.
"It was a long journey on the ferry but I think everyone enjoyed the experience and hopefully we can do it again later on in the season. It is definitely awesome to have that kind of home support come over from Nelson."
The New Zealand international is set to assemble with the All Whites as they prepare for a World Cup qualifier against Tahiti in Papeete on Saturday.
- The Nelson Mail