Goulburn Valley Suns coach Peter Zois is keeping his cards close to his chest ahead of his home debut tonight, but he believes he has secured an ace assistant coach. Former Adelaide United and Newcastle Jets defender Shaun Ontong has teamed up with Zois and the Suns’ new brains trust is hopeful of delivering a second win of the season when Bentleigh Greens come to town.May 17, 2014 4:15am
Goulburn Valley Suns coach Peter Zois is keeping his cards close to his chest ahead of his home debut tonight, but he believes he has secured an ace assistant coach.
Former Adelaide United and Newcastle Jets defender Shaun Ontong has teamed up with Zois and the Suns’ new brains trust is hopeful of delivering a second win of the season when Bentleigh Greens come to town.
Ontong captained the Australian under-20 side in 2006 before his three-season, injury-plagued stint in the A-League and has since played with Zois at Oakleigh Cannons.
‘‘He’s got a good playing pedigree. He’s recently retired from playing at a young age like me and he sees the game really well,’’ Zois said.
‘‘He was a very smart player and he’s already been a big help and he will be a big benefit for us as a club going forward.’’
Zois’ first game in charge of the Suns turned into a nightmare when his side fell 3-0 down within the first 35 minutes of the game.
The coach said concentration was the key issue and while it might come down to individual and collective sharpness, Zois has not begrudged his share of the work load in correcting the errors.
‘‘The first goal comes down to concentration as a group
‘‘It’s a work in progress and it won’t click straight away. There’s no magic wand here.’’
Zois did not reveal his plans for tonight’s match, but confirmed a question mark hung over Kristian Sarkies and the match day squad would be much the same as last week.
The focus will be on remaining tight at the back and playing to the Suns’ strengths going forward.
‘‘I’m not saying anything new when I say we’re conceding a lot of goals. The scoresheets prove that,’’ Zois said.
‘‘You can defend aggressively or you can sit back, but we have to pick our moments. No one can be aggressive for 90 minutes.
‘‘They are one of the best ball-playing teams in the league, so we know they’re going to have a lot of the ball .
Zois said Suns leading goal scorer Craig Carley has stood out in training for his incredible work ethic and had also been impressed with what Stipo Andrijasevic, Daniel Chaabani and Hernan Espindola had brought to the table.
The Greens have lost their past two games and while Zois would love to make it three in a row for them, he knows his side is up against a well-balanced, well-organised outfit.
Stephen Hatzikostas, James Cumming and Wayne Wallace are the danger men.
‘‘They have a lot of depth and John (Anastasiadis) has done a great job with them,’’ Zois said.
‘‘Most of their players would fit into any starting XI, even on the bench, which makes them dangerous because they can change the game at any point in time.’’
Whatever the result, Zois said he was enjoying himself early on in his reign.
‘‘I won’t lie, it’s a big challenge and maybe even a bit daunting, but that’s what enticed me to take it on,’’ Zois said.
‘‘It’s almost a seven-day job at the moment, but it’s very exciting.’’
Leukaemia diagnosis for Shepparton boy Travis Lamont, 17, hits his family hard.
Yarrawonga Football Netball Club senior footballer Jeremy O’Brien celebrated his 200th senior Ovens and Murray Football Netball League game against the Wodonga Bulldogs on Saturday.
The trip to Deakin Reserve pitted the fourth-placed Bulldogs up against sixth-placed Demons in a vital match to consolidate a finals berth.
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Deputy Nationals leader Peter Walsh are expected to make a significant and long-awaited bridge announcement tomorrow.
Sergeant Dale Simm of Rochester police is warning the public to be wary of phone calls offering all sorts of great prizes.
100 days at Tongala Primary.
Mark Grainger cannot believe his luck after suffering a heart attack on the day a new drug was approved to be administered by paramedics.
A man who attempted, but failed miserebly, to rob the Tocumwal Pie Shed is still on the run from police.
District residents judge the top releases from the Heathcote wine region during the second annual Heathcote Wine Show on the weekend.
A sporting precinct has emerged as the main driver behind merger of Cobram and Victory soccer clubs.
A top-three finish is on the cards for the Deni Rovers after they knocked off Jerilderie on Saturday.
Innovative irrigators are being encouraged to apply for a 2014 Rural Water Award and the chance to win a $2000 cash prize.
Three Benalla residents are speaking up to bring the issue of youth homelessness into the spotlight.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.