"This is a group that has been together for 4 years, some even longer," said Sigma Technical Director Bobby Smyrniotis. "With this group, the expectation is always high. They have had the development, most, since 11 years of age."
"Technically, it is a strong group that knows how to play the game well, said Smyrniotis. "What they need to do is be more consistent, have the drive needed to succeed in every game. We learned last year, playing against older groups, we have to be more physical by working harder for every available ball."
"We want them to be aware of the situation on the field, not just looking at an opposition's strong points and playing towards that. But more looking at what deficiencies they may have, so that we can concentrate our game on certain parts of the field."
Playing against older competition again this year in the SAAC league, the C1's will face many challenges, said Symriontis. "Last year we won the league and we were one year younger, sometimes two than most of the teams. This year we are going into a league where we will be two years younger than most of the teams. If the boys focus well, they will be successful from a playing perspective and results may come. The challenge will be to perform each week based on the tactical aspects of the game. They will have the opportunity to learn more about situational tactics and training which will definitely increase their thought process on the field and make all the players that much more clever in the long run."
Quote: "We are asking more out of them, not so much technically, but mentally on the field."
SIGMA C1 (1995)