FUSC Juniors are ready for NPL-WA football

FUSC Juniors are ready for NPL-WA football

When Forrestfield United’s senior side beat Mandurah City in the NPL-WA Play-off last season, not only was it a great day for Rod Banjac’s side, it also meant our junior players would also be playing NPL football in 2018.

Five months on and the club’s junior NPL sides are in place and are set for the season ahead, and the fixtures for 2018 were announced this week with FUSC being placed in the Black Group, along with Murdoch University-Melville, Perth SC, Bayswater City, Inglewood United, Ellenbrook United, Sorrento and Joondalup City.

The first game of the season is against Murdoch University-Melville at the Murdoch Uni Sports Ground on Sunday March 11, and away to Inglewood United on Sunday March 18 at Walter Road Reserve. Our first home games will be played in Week 3 when we host Ellenbrook United at Hartfield Park on Sunday March 25.

FUSC Junior Technical Director Andy Byrne, who has been involved at Hartfield Park for 30 years, said preparations for the season are going ‘Full Steam Ahead’.  “We have worked non-stop since the end of last season, but preparations are going well,” he said.

“We decided to increase training to three nights a week, and that seems to be working well. At Forrestfield United we are lucky to have use of our ground all year round, so it gives us the option to do a bit more.”

The club implemented the ‘The FUSC Coaching Plan’ last season, and Byrne said they have some quality coaches in the junior NPL program, and they have been on the journey for a while and all have been working hard to develop the players ‘The Forrie Way’ “Our coaches for the junior NPL teams have been in place for a number of years,” he explained.

“We promoted one of our development coaches this year to replace an NPL coach that joined the senior coaching set up. So with a large number of “C” Licenses coaches at Forrestfield, finding the right coach is not that hard.”

Byrne said the new format of the NPL Junior structure is interesting, and he said it should be a rewarding experience for all involved.  “As the Junior Technical Director I like the club vs club format, and I can see all of the junior players in one day and it makes my job easier,” he said.

“But the introduction of divisions selected on ability, in the second half of the season, is very interesting. It means that every club will be competing with clubs of similar ability. It should make for a very interesting and rewarding experience. There are pros and cons to both set ups, but I think this is a great compromise and the best of both worlds.”

The club is working tirelessly on and off the pitch and Byrne said it’s great to see all their hard work is paying off for both seniors and juniors.

“Yes, it’s very busy, with a lot to do, but we have a great bunch of people here, and are relishing the NPL this season,” he said. “There is lots of hard work going on behind the scenes, from our committee to the coaches but we are ready and raring to go.”