To The Bendigo Football Community, 

With under 1 month until the start of the local junior season and three rounds into the NPL season football is well and truly upon us in this early stage of the year. Over the past two weeks we have seen huge improvements across all age groups with some incredibly close fixtures and some hard fought contests. 

The support has continued to be impressive not only the number of parents attending but the behaviour which helps create the correct environment for our players to develop on the field. Although sometimes I understand passion overflows, I advise us all to remain calm, breath deep and trust in the officials, staff and our children for the correct on field outcome.

With St Albans and the Sunshine George Cross we faced too tough sides who were both equipped throughout the age groups to compete with sides from all over Victoria. As a group Bendigo showed an ability to fight back from behind, shift the momentum of games and create chances from all areas of the field. It feels as though all teams are the better side for 40-60% of the matches but maintaining that intensity and energy for 100% of the match is a challenge. 

Week by week I have already seen this improve and our Under 18s were a prime example of improvement against Sunshine Cross, unlucky to go down in the final minutes but creating goals, defending well and putting themselves in a position to win a thriller. 

As we draw closer to the start of the season, the opening of the SAP programs and the local fixtures the football buzz continues to rise. It will be a very important year for those involved with football in Bendigo and I just hope the same clear message rings out to all the kids in the region. Have Fun At Football! Thats Why We Do It. 

Finally A great effort from our senior team who went down to a very strong Altona Magic side in the FFA Cup. It was a good effort from the boys and we were unfortunate in defeat. Hopefully next weekend the seniors will be brining 3 points home against fellow NPL2 side Werribee. 

The Juniors will be on our first away day in Melbourne. Please remember we all represent the club and on a larger level Bendigo in each and every away fixture. Lets wear the correct uniforms, behave in the correct way both on and off the field and enjoy the opportunity to travel and play some of the best clubs and kids in Victoria. 

All the best for the coming week! 

Yours In Football, 

Freddie Seccombe
Technical Director
Bendigo City FC + Bendigo Amateur Soccer Association 

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