Wolves waiting at door

FOOTBALL

It's the kind of start to the season none of us wanted to see, but the message around the South Coast Wolves at the moment is clear: Don't panic.

No footballer likes to be on the bottom of the ladder, but there is no point getting carried away with our slow start.

The club is just four games into a 22-match campaign and have met several sides that will no doubt be challenging for silverware.

While that is no excuse not to get a result, the squad has shown signs of improvement and, after losing key midfielder Steve Hayes in preseason, are on the verge of breaking through.

The boys have been working tirelessly to get our first three points and we are confident if we can put a complete 90 minutes together we can achieve it.

With matches against Bonnyrigg White Eagles, Sydney United and the high-flying Blacktown Spartans in the coming weeks, our task doesn't get much easier.

But this Sunday is another great opportunity to get our first win of the season at our new home.

Support at WIN Stadium has already been immense and the club is looking forward to another great turnout when Bonnyrigg comes to town.

We hope to able to reward our supporters' faith with a much needed three points.

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THE new season may have only just begun, but already the pressing need for an all-weather surface in the Illawarra has been highlighted.

A weekend of washed-out fixtures in the Illawarra Premier League, District League and local leagues means they are already scrambling to find suitable venues for abandoned matches.

While an artificial pitch wouldn't be able to accommodate every match, it would have allowed marquee fixtures like Sunday's IPL grand final replay between Port Kembla and Bulli a chance to be played.

In addition, the Illawarra Stingrays could also have had the opportunity to reverse their away match with North West Sydney Koalas to avoid another washout.

Financially it is difficult, but the region needs to find a solution to the problem sooner rather than later.

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