LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Don Falvo won’t let his Gol Gol team become complacent in an even Millewa Football League competition. Photo: PAUL MENSCH
By MITCH RODD
YOU know you’re in for a tough night on the training track when the coach tells you to bring your runners and not your footy boots.
Gol Gol co-coach Don Falvo demands perfection from his players, even when his side manages a 45-point win in the Millewa Football League.
The Hawks side, which included former AFL forward Ben McGlynn, led Werrimull by 67 points at the final change last Saturday, before the Magpies kicked five goals to one in the final term.
Gol Gol have won seven of their eight matches this season but Falvo, currently confined to the sidelines, let his frustration be known to his troops post-game.
“The boys know I wasn’t happy with their last quarter effort,” Falvo said.
“Normally you’d be happy to take the points but the guys know I demand perfection.
“I didn’t have to say a lot, I just told them to bring their runners to training on Tuesday.”
The four-time Sunraysia Football and Netball League McLeod medallist has, however, been pleased with the way his team has kicked off season 2017.
He added it was a fantastic day at Carramar Drive with the additions of McGlynn and women’s football gun Nikki Liston.
“It was a great turn out to see Ben and Nikki in action,” Falvo said.
“Ben is great bloke and I think a lot of the younger guys especially learned a lot from having him around.
“I’ve been happy with how we’ve performed over the first eight weeks, but we’ve also had a few injuries in that time too.
“Hopefully over the next few weeks we’ll start getting a few of them back on the park.
“I think collectively we’ve improved and we’ve become a pretty consistent playing group.
“We’re not worried about best players or who kicks the goals, we want to make sure everyone is playing their role for the side.
“It’s hard to single out individuals at the moment which is what you want as a coach.
“I think it’s a more even competition than last year. If you’re not 100 percent on your game you can lose to any team on any day.”
One man those at the Hawks’ nest will be champing at the bit to see on the field is John Coleman.
The former Imperials premiership player and best and fairest winner is about a month away from joining his new teammates at Carramar Drive.
The injury-riddled star could catapult Gol Gol into premiership favouritism if he reaches his peak performance.
Falvo, however, said he hoped the rest of his side make it hard for Coleman to be selected.
“If he (Coleman) was injury-free no doubt he’d still be in the top five players in the SFNL,” Falvo said.
“He won’t be an automatic selection, but if he can get back to full fitness he’ll be the cream on top.
“When we approached him we knew we’d be without him for the majority of the year. Once he’s up and going hopefully he’ll slot in well.”
Gol Gol face third-placed Cardross this weekend.