New boys are out to prove point
THE grim predictions of detractors will ring in the ears of Moore Park campaigners when this weekend they battle Across The Waves for a place in the grand final.
The Archem Premier League newcomers were the subject of some pointed criticism early in the season, after a rocky transition to the top-tier competition.
Coach Bruce Leslight hopes to guide Moore Park into the grand final in its first year of the competition and send a strong message to critics.
“There were a lot of people who thought we’d moved up into division too soon and we wouldn’t be able to go the distance,” he said.
“People are entitled to their opinion but I knew the guys had what it takes to be competitive.”
Leslight knows his team faces a formidable obstacle in Across The Waves, but hopes the passion and determination of his players will shine through on the day.
“We showed we weren’t just here to make up the numbers and I’m happy with what we’ve achieved, but now it’s time to take it to the next level,” he said.
“The guys are going to roll up their sleeves and give this a red-hot go to try and take that next step.”
An injury cloud hangs over three players after a physical encounter against Diggers last weekend, but Leslight is confident there are enough personnel on hand to come away with a win.
“We might be without a couple of guys, but the team is looking strong,” he said.
“The guys have been playing for this chance all season and they’re going to come out firing.”
Leslight said the role of strikers Daniel Hardy and Brendan Banks would be crucial.
“The midfield and the forwards are going to have to work hard for goals. Across The Waves know how to defend.”