Honest insights as Knights show, rebuild, refocus for 2021
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AS the Ipswich Knights welcome a break after a long and challenging season, head coach Andy Ogden has provided some honest and appropriate insights.
He won’t stand in the method of any player wishing to leave the Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL) club.
However, he was positive of keeping a group of devoted senior players and the rising young guns he has actually offered prolonged game time to this season.
” We are happy to keep promoting the juniors, keep promoting the kids to come forward, however they have to suffice,” Ogden said.
Among the Knights under-20 gamers to acquire prolonged valuable video game time this season have actually been Murray Thistlewaite, Darren Barton, Alex Golding, Leon Nunda and Flyn Park.
” They are better for it so they return ideally next year with a real belief that they can be a genuine part of the very first team,” the coach said.
The loyal Ipswich coach was keen for his gamers to enjoy time with their families and contemplate their futures over the break.
” I’m the kind of coach who says ‘if you don’t want to play for the Knights, that’s fine’,” he stated.” You go and enjoy your football and do what you need to do as a player.
” However your priority is to keep the team together.”.
The Knights ended their tough stop-stop season with a 4-3 win over Southside Eagles at Perry Park on Saturday night.
After tracking 2-0, the Knights revealed some ticker to come back and protect triumph in their last video game.
Ending up the season in sixth location – just out of the finals – summed up the season for the Knights.
” The favorable is we most likely maintained the level we were at in 2015,” Ogden said.
” Injuries, people leaving, all these things have an influence on a team however every team has that.”.
He stated the league’s more settled squads like Logan and South West Thunder ended up competing for the finals and FQPL promotion.
” It’s a tough gig to go and promote your own juniors when you are in a small community like Ipswich,” Ogden stated.
” You’ve got 2 groups (Knights and Pride) contending for the very best young players so best of luck to anyone who can do that.
” I think Pride have done fantastic and I believe we have actually done great offering the variety of children an opportunity.”.
Pride head coach Andrew Catton has actually also done an extraordinary job this season establishing promising teens while knowing an absence of experience injures a group at this level.
” So hats off to both clubs,” Ogden said.
” All you can expect in all honesty is if two or three, perhaps 4, push their way through.”.
Ogden stated clubs like the Knights and Pride can’t manage to buy big name players, particularly after the COVID effect this season.
” It’s what we have actually got so we have to make do,” Ogden said.
” And at any phase in a year, we perform well versus the better teams, just have not got the result.”.
Ogden pointed out the example where the Knights only lost 3-2 to competitors pacesetters Thunder.
Pride then beat Thunder before a week later losing to a team they most likely shouldn’t go down to.
The Knights came across similar circumstances throughout the season.
” It’s a funny old league because we’ve conveniently beat Rochedale two times and then they head out and comfortably beat other groups we can’t beat,” the former Coalstars footballer said.
” There’s probably only been two or three games where we’ve been listed below what we ought to be and deservedly didn’t get anything out of the video game.
” You play well but not get anything out of the video game.
” We were simply a little bit irregular. We don’t have that fully grown player simply to steer the ship sometimes.
” However as long as everyone is finding out and enjoying it, I can accept what’s happened.”.
In Saturday night’s season-ending match, the Knights recuperated from a bad start to track 2-1 at halftime following an objective by Nick Edwards.
A goal to Michael Morrow straight after the break combined the resurgence at 2-2 prior to the Knights wrapped up the game.
” The build-up for the goals was pleasing, “Ogden said.” But we had a poor night defensively.
” We had sufficient quality in the front 3rd and midfield to come back and grind out the win.
” We might have folded at 2-0 (down) but we’ve got a belief we might come back and win the video game, which was great.”.
FQPL: Ipswich Knights 4 (Nick Edwards, Michael Morrow, Mitch Herrmann, Ben Barratt) d Southside Eagles at Perry Park.