Taylor loves the contest
AS WITH most young footballers, Moore Park's Ricky Taylor devotes so much time to his sport because he simply enjoys playing.
For him, a win against Bingera in the Division 1 preliminary final will be as good as it gets.
In his first full season in Division 1 after leaving the junior ranks and getting a taste with three-and-a-half senior games in 2012, Taylor has been one of Moore Park's best, and he said the mentality amongst the team was the reason for his enjoyment of football.
"Playing Div 1 was definitely more intense. You have less time on the ball and it was more physical. But I enjoyed the challenge of taking my football to the next level," Taylor said. "Mostly I enjoyed the blokes I played with. The main thing was to have fun and we liked winning and the results come from that attitude."
Taylor's performances have improved with each week as the season has progressed, and because of his contribution the loss of senior players Brendan Davis and Brad Blackwell has been felt less.
Davis and Blackwell were injured in the physical Four Cities League semi-final and haven't played since leaving holes to fill in the team. Taylor said the pair's replacements had filled the gap so far and he knew the coming game was going to be tough.
"They were exceptional players for us but we replaced them with quality players from Div 2 and Under-17," he said.
"To beat Bingera I thought we would have to take the game to them and play attacking football, hold our positions; it was too late in the season to change the way we played too much.
"My personal opinion was that who won this game would really push Across The Waves in the grand final next weekend."