By Chris Curulli
No one could have predicted that Beacon Hill would sit winless at the foot of the ladder seven rounds into the MWFA Premier League Women’s season.
But 2020 has produced no shortage of shocks and their coach Vince Vescio explains how many circumstances out of his control have impacted the club’s form.
These include COVID-interrupted preparations that saw him lose some key squad members and a horror run of injuries that have seen eight or nine first grade regulars endure lengthy stints on the sidelines.
Despite this, Vescio is not in the mood to make excuses and is hoping that his side will turn around their season as soon as possible.
“We didn’t change much this year – if anything, I went into this season thinking the team was even stronger than last year on paper,” he said.
“Every year this competition becomes more competitive and last week we just copped a silly goal (in their 1-0 defeat to Pittwater).
With one or two players coming back we’ll give it a go like we do every Sunday, trying to put in the effort, put a plan together and hope our season can start from this weekend onwards.”
This weekend Vescio is expecting another challenging outing against a Seaforth squad who are slowly finding their feet this season.
“Last year their coach Chris Wood did a fantastic job,” the Beacon Hill coach said.
“He didn’t have many big names but they played great football and it was really hard to play against them.
“They play hard and defend as a team, and I have congratulated him (Wood) many times. I suspect this year they will probably be even better than last year.
“We’ll definitely try hard to turn this season around and as long as we start improving I’ll just be happy with that.”
Despite first grade’s nightmare run, Vescio is pleased with the form of his Reserve Grade side who currently lead their respective competition. Sunday’s 1pm kick off at Beacon Hill Oval shapes as a huge contest, with Seaforth just one point behind in second spot.
In other action, Pittwater host Wakehurst, Mosman and Manly Allambie meet at Millers, while across the road Manly Vale will battle Brookvale at David Thomas.