Janssen Acknowledges Promising Start

With the league season well and truly underway, head coach Michael Janssen believes his young side have shown positive progress but they must continue with their development if the results are to come.

New to UWANFC in 2016, Janssen has found fitting into his new club a breeze, “The offered environment from the club is perfect. I enjoy every session and match with the team,” he explains. “There is a strong spirit of optimism in the club. We have a long term plan together for the next few years to develop our first team close in close cooperation with all coaches. Especially with Clive, Beechy and Viny supported by Gerhard (Technical Director), Tony (President) and Michael (Vice-President) and everyone around the State League team, the flagship of the club. This is in hand due to the excellent work in our youth development. If we want to make a difference to the other clubs in WA we need to guide our young talents and show them that belonging to the club is more than just a membership.”

Although results wise, the start of the season might have not been perfect for UWANFC, Janssen believes the performances are improving week by week. “We have a new, young and willing side which are playing a style of real football,” Janssen commented. “Performance wise we are nearly in line with what I expected till now. If you don’t expect ups and downs in this development then you wont achieve progress. It is a great pleasure to see us performing our dominant football for long periods of the game, and this will only improve with time and experience.”

Despite promising performances, Janssen acknowledges the desire for positive results. “Unfortunately the points you collect are always the most realistic reflection. I am not a fan to pin it always on misfortunate,” Janssen explains. “We were obviously able to collect a few more points from the games, but we are positive and realistic. We have to continue to work to reward us for our effort. If we do, I’m sure the results will be positive.”

Janssen also stress the importance of the next few games, “We are only 3 points away from 4th, so these next few results will be important for us to stay close to these teams. At the moment the ladder position is not significant because I see neither a team dominating the league nor desolate at the bottom. It will take another 3-5 games to assess the situation correctly.” In reference to the game against Dianella on Saturday, Janssen is confident UWA can collect all three points, “We know what we can deliver and I am sure, if we perform our best football we will have better profit of points.”

UWA faces bottom of the ladder Dianella White Eagles SC at home this Saturday, with a great opportunity to rise up the ladder. Kick off 3pm for first team, 1pm Reserves and 11am for 18s.