INTERVIEW: U/20s’ headmaster provides half-term assessment



Box Hill United U/20s’ (men) head coach Andreas Yena highlighted his charges’ “intrinsic desire” as a cornerstone to their impressive season so far.

After 16 rounds in the NPL2 (U/20s), our reserves have bagged nine wins and a draw, and lost six matches. With 28 points, they are firmly placed within the top-four in the Eastern conference ladder halfway through the season.

The head coach reviewed the players’ progress saying, “Overall, I am happy with how we are going. For us, in terms of how we are playing, it’s been successful – converting to the three points – which at U/20s’ level is a difficult one, because it’s not always about that. But it’s still nice to win.

“For the players, they have got a good intrinsic desire just to want to do well. From a motivation perspective, we have to just give the instructions, and they are more than happy to do, because they have seen the benefits of doing it.

“For us, it’s all about how we play [from here], and if we do the things that we like to do, the opportunities will come and it’s about taking them.”

Several of our reserves’ players have been promoted to the senior team this term, with the likes of Amr Mohd Sarip, Billy Skliros and Sean Png making their debuts with flying reviews.

Yena reasoned that the high standards set by himself and his assistant Robbie Wielaert are reaping dividends as expected, “As a young player, it’s always exciting when you get your first few opportunities at the first-team level. It’s great to see from our point of view [as well], and that Con (senior men’s head coach) is giving the players these opportunities.

“Once they are there, it’s about them listening to Con and executing it the same way as in the U/20s – just at a higher level.”

The 27-year-old explained the reason for this smooth transition saying, “We have got a lot of similar philosophies of how the game should be played and developing youth [players].

“It’s seamless the way things work here because we all have the same mentality. We want the best for the players, the first-team and the U/20s. At the end of the day, it’s a common goal.”

Yena, who has been within the Box Hill coaching set-up for the past few years now, said the key to success lies in the finer details, “For us, everything is like a building block. You have to start on the key components of the game and transition from there.

“Now that they have got their core understanding, it’s just giving those little bits of extra details. It is a lot of information; but they are at the level where they can comprehend, understand and then execute. And we have got that ability here.

“So, for them, it’s just concentrating and trusting the process to keep doing what they are doing, because it’s been really impressive so far.”


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