INTERVIEW: The signs are positive – Nicholas Kokolakis

Box Hill United’s senior men face Eastern Lions away on Saturday (March 9, 3.00 PM kick-off), and skipper Nicholas Kokolakis is keen to extend the positive vibe gathered from the first three rounds.

Going into the big derby day clash, Box Hill are unbeaten in three NPL2 matches, as are tomorrow’s hosts Eastern Lions.

Midfield enforcer Kokolakis feels his colleagues are in a good position to bank on their rising confidence and record a favourable result, although the captain is under no illusions ahead of a tricky test.

The 27-year-old said, “It’s a massive game, and probably one of the matches that I look first at the fixture to see when we are playing against them (the Lions). It is a local derby and a lot of the supporters come and watch the game, and it’s been like that for a number of years now.

“We are looking forward to it, [and] it’s going to be exciting – [maybe] a challenging game, but we are ready for it. We are going there to win the game like any [other] game. But definitely this week, we feel that we can put a game plan together that can hopefully get us the three points.”

Although still early days, Kokolakis reviewed the initial weeks of action – where Box Hill have picked up one win and two draws – saying, “It’s been good so far. We are working hard within a structure at the moment, and all the boys have been disciplined going about that – implementing that on [the] game day.

 

“The signs are positive, everyone’s working hard. We seem to have a deep squad and a variety of players with different strengths that they will be able to bring through for the rest of the season.”

But the former Richmond SC midfielder explained the squad can only pick up the standard each game, working with commitment through a long NPL2 season.

He said, “We can increase our intensity and quality in our training, [and] improve our concentration, so that when it comes to the games, we’ll be able to finish teams off a bit easier than we are currently [doing].

“It is a young team, so experience is going to come by playing in big games. The boys are doing well – if we all take pride in doing our role and do our job, hopefully in the 90 minutes we’ll be able to come out on top more times.”

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