Kretowicz aims to keep scoring

Kretowicz caused problems for the Mandurah defence on the opening match day 

Kretowicz caused problems for the Mandurah defence on the opening match day 

With six goals in his last three competitive games, Alexander Kretowicz is one of the leagues most in form strikers and the UWA forward will be looking to add to his tally this weekend against Rockingham City FC.

Kretowicz has reached double figures in his last two seasons at the club but has been turning heads more than ever in 2016. The forward attributes his form to his teammates, “the players around me has really helped improve my form,” he explained. “We have a creative depth in midfield this year which we’ve never really had before.”

New coach Michael Janssen has also been an important factor in improving the forwards’ performances this year. “Michael has given me a lot of confidence ever since he came to the club,” Kretowicz commented. “Last year I was in and out of the team and I was being played out of position a lot, but as soon as Michael came one of the first things he said to me was that he wanted me back up front.”

Kretowicz also believes that the club’s new players have only improved the competition within squad. “We’ve added a lot of depth this season. Having two or three players fighting for every spot ensures that we’re performing at the highest standard possible.” Additionally, he believes this competition will only get better with the return of influential midfielder Bryce Conway. “Another positive for us is that we’re getting Bryce back in a few weeks. He was one of our best players last season so it’ll be a massive boost to have him back.”

Despite the loss to last years champions Mandurah City on the weekend, Kretowicz believes a lot of positives can be drawn from the match. “I think the score line perhaps flattered Mandurah. They only scored one goal from open play and we had them on the back foot for large portions of the game,” explains Kretowicz, who scored both of UWA’s goals in the 4-2 loss on the weekend.

This weekend sees UWA travel south to play Rockingham City FC at Lark Hill. Kretowicz expects a tough game, but believes UWA can come home with the three points. “We don’t really know much about them as it’s been a few years since they’ve been in our league. Their previous results indicate that it’ll be a tough game and we’ll have to go into it with the mindset. If we can do that I’m confident we can get the win.”