Holding on to ball focus for team

Darren Hart
Darren Hart
Looking after the ball will be a key focus for the Southern United futsal side this weekend.

It heads to Wellington for four matches, two each against Central and Capital, following two opening wins against Canterbury United.

Those wins were pleasing as the side has not been together long and it was a while since it had won two games in a row.

However, there is still a lot to work on and holding the ball has been a big focus.

"Especially since we're going on to the bigger court now, the focus has been on tidying up our possession," coach Darren Hart said.

"Not needing to force things, keeping the ball and sorting out our rotations and our possession patterns a bit more cleanly.

"When we do have the ball we can keep it and we're not trying to force things."

Rather than overdoing things on attack, it would look to take openings when they presented themselves.

That also meant the opposing teams would have to earn the ball, rather than Southern just giving it to them.

It was a strong squad Southern was taking away and Hart said there were some tough selection decisions.

All but Tennessee Kinghorn were available, while Matt Brazier returns and slots in for Jan Kumar.

It will also be goalkeeper Fraser Hunter's final tournament, as he is heading to the United Kingdom at the end of the month.

A key player for several years, Hart said he would be a "big loss" and the team wanted to send him off on a high.

It would be a key weekend for the league as it would give a good idea of where the teams were at relative to each other.

Capital has also picked up two wins in its first two games.

In last weekend's tournament featuring the northern sides, Auckland dropped an unexpected six points, opening the league up.

Southern begins at 2.30pm today against Central, before playing Capital at 8.30pm.

Tomorrow it plays Capital at 10.30am and Central at 1.30pm.

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