Falcons want to improve

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Tara Murray

Wyndhamvale is keen to find a way to be more competitive with the top sides in the Western Football League women’s competition.

Last season’s division 2 runners-up, the Falcons like most of the other division 2 teams from last season have struggled against the old division 1 teams.

Falcons coach Jay Dolliver said the playing group wants to get better and be able to match it with the top sides.

“We had a player driven meeting this week to look at the first half of the season,” he said. “We want to work out how best to improve as a group.

“The aim is to be competitive as a division 1 team and finding out our way to do that. There’s a difference between [the old] division 1 and division 2. The top two to three teams are fair better than the rest of the competition in my opinion.”

Dolliver said at times they had struggled for numbers and with it the continuity in their game.

They’ve won three games for the season so far all against the teams below them on the ladder.

“We’ve been able to compete to a degree,” he said. “Some days we haven’t been competitive.

“The teams we played last year in division 2 we are beating or are competitive with.”

Dolliver in his first season as head coach, said he was loving the role.

He stepped up from being assistant coach last season.

“The group makes it very enjoyable,” he said.

“We haven’t got the results we were looking for in a couple of games, but they’ve still made it enjoyable.”

The Falcons have the weekend off with a competition bye before the final five rounds of the season.

Dolliver said having had two weeks off recently due to the King’s Birthday and a bye, they hadn’t played a lot of football recently.

Like every team, they have a few injuries and illness, so it will give time for those players to recover.

The Falcons next week face West Footscray which sits one spot above them on the ladder.

“They got the better of us in the grand final and the first time we played them.

“It will be good to play them again.”

In other matches, Laverton will host the Suns, North Sunshine will play Werribee Centrals in the battle between top and bottom and Yarraville Seddon will face Caroline Springs.