Wagga United faces ‘benchmark’

Ex Henwood Park player Chloe Antone (left) will join Wagga United's leadership group

Ex Henwood Park player Chloe Antone (left) will join Wagga United's leadership group

Wins were few and far between for Wagga United’s Leonard Cup team last year, but this year the tables have turned.

Wagga United defeated Young 5-0 in round one, and were 4-0 up at half time against Cootamundra when the game was called off due to lightning in round two.

“What’s more promising for me, than results, is the style of football the ladies are playing,” coach Chris Driscoll said.

“We controlled the first two games in the midfield.”

Hard work in the off-season is beginning to pay off for Wagga United.

"They’re training well, and we had three or four trial games, that’s really helped us out,” Driscoll said.

This season, Driscoll has the luxury of choosing from a full roster of 16 first grade and 32 reserve grade players, split into three teams.

Morale’s good, the girls have bonded, and an expansion of the leadership group has also helped.

Driscoll has promoted Jess Smith and Chloe Antone to co-captain with Felicity ‘Flick’ Kerslake.

“Flick has been able to take a step back,” he said.

On Sunday in round three at Kessler Park, Wagga United confronts Tolland, and that game will be their toughest test according to Driscoll.

“This weekend is just about playing the same way we have been,” he said.

“It’s going to show us where we’re at, Tolland’s been picked as the team to beat, I’m looking forward to it.”

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