Marconi’s 2021 season was plagued with a record number of draws as they struggled to convert their chances in the top third but with a number of dynamic and energetic new additions to the squad, Peter Tsekenis believes the Stallions are ready to make magic in 2022.
“We had a lot of draws last year and that came to, when you have a look at it, we dominated most games and we just couldn’t finish teams off,” Tsekenis explained.
“We created a fair few chances and if you look at the stats, we were always on top but it’s just that final third killing off games or being the difference I thought.
“I think the players we have brought in can counter that and that was the whole idea.
“Charles Lokolingoy, Thomas James, Taylor McDonald, Domenic Costanzo, Adrian Valenti and Sam Gulisano, they’re the new additions and we’ve promoted Jarred McKinley from our 20s.”
The former Australian U23, who played at and scored in the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games, has a winning mentality that he shares with his players.
Having won a premiership and championship with Sydney Olympic in the 2011 NPL New South Wales Men’s competition, Tsekenis is eager to chase more silverware in 2022, saying that his team “always want to win anything that’s up for grabs.”
“We will enter any competition or any game looking at winning games and winning trophies.
“Both the club and myself and the staff, and the players for that matter, are all aligned on the same page.
“We believe we have the squad to do it and it’s just about putting it all together and trying to keep everyone healthy and fit to be available for every week.”
Confirming that his players share his competitive edge, new signing Taylor McDonald said “we want to win anything and everything in our sight.”
“That goes from the Cup games, to the premiership to finals and whatever ultimately comes in our direction.”
Having an extended break due to COVID restrictions ending the season early in 2021, Tsekenis is excited to get his players back on the field.
“Everyone’s refreshed and everyone’s looking forward to kicking off the season again,” he said.
“They’ve been working quite well and I’m just looking forward to getting back into it.”
-By Madeline Riley