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Following Box Hill United senior men’s 3-1 defeat against Geelong SC on Saturday, bustling midfielder Jeremy Vun felt the side needs to stay “strong” going ahead.
Box Hill unfortunately succumbed to their very first loss at Wembley Park this season, despite hauling themselves level after conceding first, and drawing three saves from Geelong custodian Dylan Nikolovski.
The visitors ran out victorious thanks to goals on the counter from Denis Yongule and Louis Bentley, and Matthew Townley’s header off a corner.
Reviewing Saturday’s match, Vun said, “I thought we dominated most of the game, but it’s tough when you concede goals like that. It’s depressing when you [concede] at set-pieces. But the boys know that we have to be strong in those areas. Hopefully, we can bounce back next week.
“I reckon the biggest things were their physicality and their aerial ability. They are good at it, and that’s what they executed [in this match].”
After a squad overhaul during the pre-season, a relatively young Box Hill team have given good account of their abilities under the leadership of head coach Con Karagiannidis, thanks to their energetic displays on the park.
Industrious midfielder Vun is happy with his colleagues’ progress from the pre-season to the competition proper. He said, “Now the boys are working well together. We know how each other play. At the start [of pre-season] it was tough. We didn’t know each other – new group, young boys.
“But everyone is bonding well and it’s showing on the pitch. It’s massive having the older boys as well. They help the young boys [to] adapt and play hard.”
Vun, who arrived at Wembley Park ahead of the 2019 season with rave reviews – being Pascoe Vale U/20s’ league title-winning skipper and 2018 Players’ Player of the Year (U/20s) – reasoned how the younger players can continue to make a positive impression in this Box Hill squad.
He said, “[For the younger players, it’s about] working hard, [both] on and off the ball, and helping their teammates – talking [to each other] and being an option for teammates.”
Box Hill next travel to Churchill Reserve (19 May, 3PM kick-off) to face St. Albans Saints. Previewing the upcoming fixture, the 20-year-old said, “It will be a good challenge for the boys – a tough test. So, [let’s see] how we bounce back against a good side. It’s going to be a physical game.”