A ‘heart to heart’ with Bobcats ahead of Northern Storm
MACLEAN Bobcats coach Giuseppe Terranova is almost half way through his first season in the top job.
And while he is loving it, despite all the extra pressures, on the field and off, the former professional player is now out to instil the same pride in his players for the green Bobcat shirt.
Coming off a soul-searching 5-0 thumping at the hands of the Urunga Raiders, Terranova has been having a "heart to heart" with his troops this week in order to lift them to what he believes is their rightful place in the top four of the competition.
"This weekend's game against the Northern Storm won't be easy. They are top of the table and won last year's premiership before going down in the grand final to the Coffs Lions," Terranova said.
"But we are still hoping to turn things around from last week.
"We played with a lack of heart and a lack of respect for the shirt last week.
"We may not win this week, but as long as that pride and effort is there I'll be happy."
Coming off a resounding home ground loss, before bouncing into the toughest away game of the season is not conducive to climbing the ladder, but Terranova believes the Bobcats have claims to a top four spot by season's end.
"With the halfway point of the season coming up, we need to build some momentum."
Terranova lives and breathes his football, and while he "wouldn't change it for the world" he does admit the coaching role does create stress.
"I love it, even though there are all new types of pressures," he said
"I spend a lot of time researching through the week, as well as training, and it means a few extra home pressures.
"If the players respect the shirts they wear, and every effort that all the people in the club put into getting us on the park, I think we will have a big finish to the season."