2022 POINT COOK PREVIEW
Point Cook coach Brett Jacobs says his young side is ready for the challenge this season, saying consistency is key.
Jacobs said this pre-season has been about building comradery and developing their skills.
“We have worked on our ball movement and the way we want to move the ball, so we are all in sync with our patterns and the way we play,” he said.
“We are a fairly young group, but they are learning, and we have showed some good signs in match simulation, they’ve shown some grunt, so we are optimistic we will see improvement.”
Point Cook won one game from their 12 matches last season, with Jacobs hoping to get a more consistent performance from the senior side in 2022.
“We were good in quarters and patches last season, so hopefully over the course of the year we can improve on that, and we can win a few more games.”
One of the biggest recruits this pre-season has been the addition of Western Bulldogs premiership player Clay Smith, who signed on with Point Cook in August.
Jacobs said Smith’s impact on the group has been immediate.
“Clay has been enormous at training; he has been vocal and giving instructions. He has made some great relationships at the club, which has been positive. He will only get stronger and stronger as the year progresses,” Jacobs said.
Point Cook will go head-to-head with Werribee Districts at Saltwater Reserve in Round 1 on April 2.
By KEL ROWE
In 2021, Point Cook endured a tough slog — thanks to some early season wins that saw them a have spell in Division 1. This year, the Doggies have a new coach, and some new faces, and are working hard in preparation for uninterrupted season in Division 2 of the Victoria University Polytechnic Senior Women’s competition.
Long-time clubman Dave Rouvray has stepped up to lead the Senior Women’s side and couldn’t be more excited to see what the year will bring.
“Some of our talented Juniors transitioned into Senior Footy in 2021, which is great for the club and the competition as a whole,” he said.
“As a group we have been working hard throughout the pre-season and we look forward to this preparation paying dividends on the field.”
In their build towards their season opener, Point Cook have had some new faces join their squad, including talented VAFA player Kirra Grimes. Grimes is an experienced and athletic footballer, capable of playing key position or on ball, and Rouvray is keen to see her impact across the ground.
The Point Cook Women’s side love the on-field rivalry that comes with local footy — and Season 2022 will be no exception — as they focus on their brand of football and bring it every week, no matter the opponent.
As they head into game day, Rouvray has challenged his players to measure their progress against their plans, and to ‘get excited and enjoy each game’.
You can catch Point Cook in action in Round 2 (after their Round 1 Bye), against suburban rivals Point Cook Centrals.