ASPENDALE Stingrays captain Peter Dimopoulos has a blunt message for gamers pondering of becoming a member of the State 5 membership.
“It is a culture-driven membership so regardless of how good a participant you might be you must be ready to be a part of the group,” the 25-year-old mentioned.
“Look, on the finish of the day it is a State 5 membership and in the event you’re not going to get in amongst the boys and be ready to have a little bit of enjoyable then you definately will not slot in.
“Proper now we’re in talks with one or two gamers to come back down and see what they will do however tradition is a giant factor with the ‘Rays.”
So is perspective on and off the pitch.
“One of many issues that separates us from different golf equipment is you may see a whole lot of groups in our league go a aim down and begin arguing with one another however that does not occur with us.
“I believe a whole lot of different groups and coaches decide up on that and when it comes to tradition what we now have as a group and as a membership may be very arduous to beat.”
That may very well be why so many different groups within the league are eager to signal Aspendale gamers.
“So lots of our gamers get scouted by different golf equipment,” Dimopoulos added.
“They get messages each week and I am not speaking about myself however different gamers within the group are getting a number of messages attempting to get them to come back down.
“And one other factor – at our membership you might be anticipated to rock as much as coaching each single week.
“Even after a foul loss the numbers are there at coaching the next week and I do not suppose a whole lot of different golf equipment can say that.
“Our heads do not drop and I believe that is actually necessary.”
Dimopoulos arrived at Aspendale by way of Monash juniors, Oakleigh Cannons, St Kilda and Brighton.
He made the swap from Brighton with Kieran Hughes for the 2019 season underneath Lee Barber who was dumped two years later in favor of joint coaches Gregor Macnab and Tony Guedes who stay on the helm.
“Lee’s a pleasant sufficient man nevertheless it simply did not work out.
“Gregor and Tony completely love the membership they usually’d do something for the membership.
“They’d nice success within the ressies in order that they took on the primary group and the ressies which was an enormous effort from them.”
This 12 months the teaching duo accomplished their first full season in cost with the seniors ending seventh and the reserves profitable the championship.
Dimopoulos thinks he is aware of how the senior group can increase the bar of expectation and severely problem for promotion subsequent 12 months.
“We performed good soccer final season, we knocked it out about effectively however we simply could not end in some video games.
“A number of accidents and a few guys going away (abroad) together with myself did not assist however we completed the season okay and among the particular person performances had been good.
“We have now a really younger group and whereas new gamers at all times helps I actually suppose that when among the boys get to play in opposition to males extra typically they’re going to really feel extra snug and it’ll make a distinction within the league subsequent 12 months for positive.”
And Dimopoulos will probably be there to maintain urging them on.
“To be sincere the way in which among the different boys play the captaincy may go to any one among them.
“I am a little bit of a giant mouth, I am loud and I am assured across the boys and that is in all probability why I obtained the armband.
“However there are a number of boys within the group who purely lead by instance each week and that is what is going on to drive us on subsequent 12 months.
“It is who we’re.”
In NPL2 information attacking midfielder Kieran Dover and defender Marcus Holmes have left Langwarrin.
Dover rejoined Dandenong Thunder whereas Holmes is tipped to hitch State 1 outfit Fitzroy Metropolis.
Langy has triallists going via their paces at Lawton Park and selections about signing them are anticipated quickly.
Latest rumors linking Langy with former participant John Baird weren’t far off the mark.
It is believed that the previous Scottish skilled was contacted at his present membership, Mandurah Metropolis, however selected to remain in Western Australia.
In State 1 information Mornington has agreed phrases with a striker from Scotland however will not identify him previous to his anticipated arrival in Melbourne in January.
He has performed with Hearts.
Mornington can be in talks with an NPL defender.
In State 2 information defending Andy McIntyre agreed phrases with Peninsula Strikers final week after 4 seasons at Mornington.
McIntyre is the fourth signing from the Seagulls in the course of the low season and the checklist of newcomers might not finish there in line with joint senior coach Scott Morrison.
“We all know there are another boys coming to coaching who’re going to push arduous to interrupt into the squad and the problem for everybody is to place their greatest foot ahead and create a aggressive and satisfying atmosphere that may hopefully be the catalyst for a profitable season,” he mentioned.
In State 4 information Liam Baxter’s stint with Baxter could also be short-lived.
He’s anticipated to check out with new NPL3 outfit Beaumaris simply two months after switching from Frankston Pines to Baxter.
Nevertheless, Baxter head coach Stephen Fisher is assured that he can retain the skilled striker.
“To be sincere he loves it there at Baxter however he desires to go there (Beaumaris) and take a look and I am fantastic with that.
“I instructed him it is all about him at Baxter but when he desires to be a fringe participant or a squad participant at Beauy then it is as much as him.
“I am positive he is good sufficient to work it out for himself.”
State 4 rival Chelsea hopes to choose up a few signings by way of Dandenong South and Somerville Eagles.
Somerville’s Adrian Tempo, 29, performs totally on the left and has performed with Bentleigh Greens, Peninsula Strikers, Frankston Pines, Seaford United, Baxter and Aspendale Stingrays.
If Chelsea head coach Carlo Melino can clinch Tempo’s signature it is going to be the participant’s second stint there having been with Chelsea for the 2013 season.
Chris Thomas is a midfielder who has been on the books of Seaford United and Somerville and switched to Dandy South final season.
Somerville was eager to get him again however Chelsea looms because the frontrunner for his signature proper now.
“Chris will probably be an ideal pick-up for us,” Melino mentioned.
“Spoke with him final week and he desires to play for us in 2023.
“He got here down and had a kick in our Chelsea Cup match and actually loved himself.”
First printed within the Mornington Information – 22 November 2022