By Chris Curulli
Pittwater captain Mitch Macedo knows his side will have to be at their best if they are to maintain their unbeaten record when they face old enemy Brookvale this weekend.
As we pass the midway point of the 2020 season two of the competition’s traditional heavyweights go head to head in a huge encounter at Grahams on Saturday.
Adam Israel’s outfit have shaken off a disappointing 2019 campaign to occupy top spot yet again, with five wins and two draws so far.
“I think a lot of it could be due to the consistent team we’ve put out each week this season,” their captain Macedo said.
“There’s only been one or two changes throughout the whole setup so that definitely helped us a lot.
“Obviously having Charlie (Fyfe) back as well as a big help. Last year it felt like when the chips were down nothing went our way and it sort of snowballed from there, but this year it is all working a little bit more in our favour and the results are showing.
“Thinking back to my first few years at Pittwater it feels like those days are back again.”
Brookvale on the other hand have emerged out of a slow start to the season and registered three wins on the bounce that sees them back up to third position.
While he is familiar with a number of Brookvale players from his time at Manly United, the unpredictable nature of this COVID-interrupted season means Macedo and Pittwater do not know exactly what to expect from this weekend’s opposition.
“I remember when my old man used to play, there was always such as big rivalry with Brookie so there’s always something there,” he said.
“We just have to respect them and play our normal game I suppose – they’re the best team going around at the moment.
“I don’t know exactly who is playing or not playing but they’re always a good side, well-drilled and a tough opponent.”
In other action, Narrabeen host Manly Vale, Mosman travel to Harbord, Saints meet Belrose-Terry Hills, Curl Curl lock horns with CC Strikers and Wakehurst welcome Seaforth.