Theo Petkaris praises Box Hill United’s collective effort in narrow defeat

In a post-match interview following a tough loss against Brunswick Juventus FC, Box Hill United Women’s Assistant Coach Theo Petkaris reflected on the team’s performance with both pride and an outlook of improvement.

Despite the match ending in a narrow 2-1 defeat, Petkaris emphasised the team’s endeavour, highlighting key observations and areas for improvement. Particularly with a host of new signings, it was a new-look team that has already developed chemistry.

Petkaris began by acknowledging the team’s aggressive start and the challenges they faced against Brunswick’s relentless attacks. He indicated the team’s proactive approach in the early stages of the game. Despite initial hurdles, Petkaris noted the team’s ability to adapt and grow stronger as the game progressed. Highlighting the team’s resilience and tactical acumen.

“We started quite well and were aggressive on the ball,” he said.

“We got challenges and tried to play our style of playing out from the back – it was a close game but I thought we won the battle as the game progressed,

“We started finding those avenues through our wingers, and that led to a quick counter attacking game.”

Throughout the match, Petkaris praised the entire team for stepping up and playing collectively. Commending the players for their spirited performance on the field.

Despite facing immense pressure from Brunswick in their first-ever NPL Women’s match, Petkaris highlighted the importance of maintaining possession and fighting for the ball at all times. Highlighting an area for development in the team’s game plan.

“I think the whole team stepped up today, we played collectively – the girls were fantastic and the energy was great,” he explained.

“We just need to keep possession a little bit more and not give the ball away easily.

“At times in the second half, because of the pressure we were looking to clear the ball, but the opportunities were there to keep it rather than give it back to Brunswick.

‘That is an area we can certainly improve on.”

Petkaris also acknowledged the vital role played by the enthusiastic crowd in fueling the team’s performance.

Despite the disappointing outcome of the match, Petkaris expressed confidence in the team’s ability to learn from the experience and improve in future matches.

With a commitment to continuous growth and development, Box Hill United remains determined to build on the positives from the match and address areas needing improvement as they strive for success in the season ahead.

Written by Gareth Poon