George Katsakis: “I am so glad for the boys”

Senior men’s head coach George Katsakis spoke to HUFC Media, following Heidelberg United’s 4-0 win over Melbourne Knights.

After a less than ideal start to 2022, the ‘Bergers recorded back-to-back for the first time this campaign.

Much to the delight of Katsakis, he has been pleased to see reward for the visible improvement shown over the last few weeks, as the synergy between players was right on show.

“I’m ecstatic to be honest, Somers St is always a difficult place to come to and we’ve had some massive games here,” he said.

“Credit to the boys, they were on song – we spoke about certain things happening during this game, and most of them did.

“We spoke about the possibilities of how we might score and what we need to do in order to defend, and we executed our plan to a tee – I am so glad for the boys.

“The start was fairly slow but we’re starting to hit our straps and coming good now.”

The Warriors have been drawn to face Geelong SC in Round 4 of the Australia Cup, adding another dimension to the upcoming schedule.

A tough away trip confronts the squad, as they travel to Stead Park on Tuesday night.

For Katsakis, he is all about making amends following an earlier than expected exit from last year’s competition.

“Every game’s a massive one for us, let’s not forget what happened to us last year in the Australia Cup,” he said.

“We got knocked out by Nudawading from NPL3 so we’ll need to be focussed, really dominant and go to Geelong with a purpose.

“It is the biggest tournament in the country – historically we’ve been thereabouts all the time so once again we want to be part of that.

“We also have Altona Magic the following week, who are a good team that are starting to get results – it will be another great battle.”