Kangaroos on the improve

Ashleigh Koo has had a good season for the Kangaroos. Photo by Damjan Janevski. 245813_10

The Sunbury Kangaroos are hoping to put together four quarters of consistent play in the back half of the Essendon District Football League women’s division 1 season.

The Kangaroos were sitting fifth after eight rounds, having come up from division 2 after last season. While they’ve had some good moments, the side hasn’t been able to put it all together.

Kangaroos coach Ron Sikora said overall they were pretty happy with how the season had gone so far.

“We always knew there were going to be hurdles coming from where we came from and going from one team to two teams,” he said.

“There’s been an influx of players and sustainability wise, there are things that are in place.

“On the field, we’re where I thought we should be.”

Sikora said the depth in the division 1 side had been good this season with an influx of experienced and younger players.

He said the young girls had stepped up to this level and looked right at home, which was good signs for the future.

“I always go by the theory that you are only as good as the 18th, 19th and 20th best player,” he said.

“With two teams you’ve got more than just putting your best team out there every week.

“Even with injuries we’ve still been able to maintain a good deep team with depth.

“We haven’t had any passengers at all this season.”

While having not beaten any of the teams above them on the ladder, Sikora said they had shown some good signs that when they play their best they can push anyone.

It’s about the ability to play that football for the whole match which is the key going forward.

“We’ve been trying to get that consistency,” he said. “We have not put together four quarters of good football in a row in division 1.”

The Kangaroos beat the Sunbury Lions on Saturday.

This week they face Gisborne.

The division 2 side sits bottom, but the three bottom teams are yet to win any games on the field.

All their points have come via byes or forfeits. The side had a bye on the weekend.

Sikora said that side was showing massive improvement throughout the year.

“It’s more than just about the scoreboard,” he said.

“Against Airport West we lost by 220 points the first time and the second game we lost by 122.

“I’m really proud of their development. Now we’ll look at more multi positional stuff and see who wants to make their mark.”

Sikora said already had one eye on the future, hoping to get under-18 and under-16 teams back up next season.