Kuranui football is off to a winning start with both the Girls and Boys 1st XI teams undefeated so far this season.
Under the guidance of new coaching staff, the teams are continuing to grow and learn heralding a highly successful year for the teams. The girls are benefiting from their new coach, Marc Jurlina, while new co-coach, Paul Lloyd, is bringing a new perspective to the boys team.
Paul is sharing the coaching duties with Minty Hunter who has been involved with Kuranui football for the last five years, since his son Sam started at Kuranui in Year 9.
“Our big goal will be to make it to the finals and get a win! We’ve had a few seasons of ending on top of the table, only to fall just short in the final,” said Hunter.
“I’m delighted to be sharing coaching duties with Paul Lloyd. It’s great to have fresh energy, new ideas and a collaborator.”
Lloyd has already made a significant difference, bringing new ideas and strategies for the team to put in place. “Tactically, we’re looking to make sure our defence has full confidence to play back through our keeper to relieve pressure, drawing the opposition out of their defensive half so we can counter attack quickly,” explained Hunter. “There are many other areas we’ll work on throughout the season, but being undefeated at this early part of the season shows that the team is gelling pretty well already.”
The Girls 1st XI team are also benefiting from new leadership under Jurlina, who believes he brings a fresh approach to the team’s preparation and playing style. “It’s my first year coaching the team, so I am new to the environment and for many of the team it will be a change to how they have prepared and played in the past.
“Over the last few years the team has experienced great success, with many of the players still playing in the team that were part of that success.
“This year we have a great mix of experienced players and young players who are working well together with the older players supporting the development and understanding for these younger players,” added Julina.
The Girls team has starting another season without a goal scored against them, and is hoping to keep it up for as long as possible as they progress towards the Grant Jarvis Cup Tournament in September. “The challenge will be to keep this momentum up and grow as a team as the season progresses,” said Girls Captain, Amelia O’Connell.
“We’re trying to continue the great team culture that has been a key factor in our success over the last few seasons.”
Kuranui’s Football results are posted up every week on the Kuranui Sport Facebook page.
Thank you to Kuranui Sports Sponsors:
Strength Nation Gym
Crighton ITM -Greytown
Greytown Lions Club
Greytown Trust Lands Trust
Carterton District Council-Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund
South Wairarapa District Council-Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund
Rotary Club of South Wairarapa.