Round 5 presented Balcatta’s heaviest defeat so far and we took time to speak with Senior Head Coach Goran Stajic prior to the Round 6 game against Subiaco. He opened up on how he was in undated with calls and messages from people within and outside the club after the game and acknowledged his appreciation of the constructive criticism, amazing support and mentoring he received. He also went on and mentioned that he is aware of the detractors and suggested that they “stop obsessing themselves with our slow start to the season and to start enjoying the performances of the dedicated and relatively talented young squad”. We pressed Stajic further and asked him about the importance of winning and can you win on Saturday and he said, “winning would change nothing” he added that “Balcatta will be vying to continue with its step by step climbing project. If we keep our philosophy, our style of play for longer periods, then of course we can win many games. There is no doubt that success changes people it also creates hungry men! We’ll see. I hope to see the club win and to have the capacity to keep winning”.
Stajic’s side has outplayed Bayswater, Floreat, Perth Glory and Forrestfield in long periods and completely outplayed Sorrento but any praise for Balcatta is often quashed by their failure to yet win a game in 2018. The Glory 2-2 draw and Sorrento 0-1 loss suggest they have never been better-placed to end that drought, which now spans five rounds, but the Balcatta Head Coach said: “I understand that in modern football you don’t have time. “But our performances have been very good for a new team. Pundits say: ‘Balcatta are playing well, been unlucky, is showing massive improvements and is brave in attacking teams, but it is nothing if you don’t win. But I say “That is not entirely correct. Football is about building something special. Our supporters are enjoying our team playing well. If you win, then that’s fantastic, but it’s about what we are creating throughout the entire club for today, every day and in years to come. Make no mistake the club and I want to win trophies but, with Balcatta FC developed players along with a sprinkling of talented recruits that buy into the Balcatta football family. So our aim is to win trophies and celebrate them with our dedicated supporters, sponsors and club volunteers our way. I am a positive person but if it takes one year or three years, we are going to win a big trophy within that time line and it will be a special moment for ALL involved.
Finally, Stajic was asked who he thinks will challenge for the title and he stressed Bayswater City have the squad to challenge on ALL fronts as we are still “building a culture and foundations” to be in a similar position but he also mentioned ECU Joondalup could be a surprise title contender…
Balcatta FC Senior Teams play our second home game for the season. KO is at 3pm and the club encourages its members to come along and support the club by wearing RED…
U18s 11am KO
U20s 1pm KO
Photo John Warrington