SOME may say a win is a win but Bungaree coach, Heath Pyke, describes his sides win against Learmonth on Saturday, by 37 points, as not being their best football and there was still a lot of work to be done to be near their best, at this stage. Having said, that the Bungaree forward line, headed by Luke Mirtschin, was strong and on target. “Luke is a handy forward for us and more than capable of helping us kick a winning score,” Pyke said. Jake Trevenen has been in good form of recent and played some good football. “Jake has come up through the reserves last year and from that perspective its really pleasing to see those blokes grasping the opportunity now they’ve got one,” Pyke added.
“Our backline I suppose is a work in progress at the minute. It’s been a bit of a turnover and we’ve lost a few players out of that position from last year, so at this stage its still being pieced together but the boys performed admirably.
“They give us plenty of run at drive from back there and definitely that’s where they set up a lot of our attack from, obviously with Jason Linke and Mitch Bruns providing plenty of run for us.” Learmonth’s David Box seems to have found new legs and had his opponent on his toes and was definitely a thorn in Bungaree’s side.
“I’m finding my coaching position very exciting and taking over from a relatively strong team from last year and being in the position that we are in, is obviously challenging at the same time but they’re delivering what we are asking of them, which is also pleasing,” Pyke said.
“There is obviously a lot of improvement to come and a lot of hard work ahead for us to finish where we are desiring to finish and obviously get what we want out of this season.”
It is never an easy task taking over a coaching role with a team that has just won the flag but Pyke said you take that on the chin knowing that will come with it. “From that perspective you can’t hide from it and I prefer to be taking over a stronger list than having to start at the bottom and having to work out where to go,” he said.
“It’s very rewarding and challenging at the same time.” Pyke is a playing coach is currently out with a wrist injury and will be sitting on the sidelines for another couple of weeks. Pyke is also at the top of his game as a cricketer but said the wrist injury was not a carry on from cricket but from a knock he received in round one against Gordon. “It’s footy, it’s the game we play, a contact sport and there’s not much you can do about it,” he said. “It won’t be too bad and hopefully I’ll back in there in the next few weeks.” This week Bungaree will line up against Daylesford but the game that all want to see is the Bungaree Beaufort match.
“You have to be on your game week in week out and should not read too much into prior form. Daylesford are a very proud club and I’m sure they will come out with all guns blazing and try to knock us off,” Pyke said. “There is no real game that we can take the foot off the pedal and just cruise. I think we are still a work in progress ourselves and we’d be mad not to be taking every game for what it is.”