Bemi desperate to avoid 2013 reprise


Woonona coach Rob Bemi is out to avoid a repeat of the collapse that marred his side's return to the top grade in 2013.

In a striking similar start to the new campaign, the Sharks have rocketed out of the the blocks again in the Illawarra Premier League and are undefeated after four matches.

It paints shades of deja vu from the previous season, which saw Woonona go unbeaten in their first five before crumbling to pick up just six points in their remaining 16 games of the year.

"We don't want to end up last season and start like a house on fire then fall away from the rest of the year," Bemi said.

"It is something we want to improve on every season, better than last year that is for sure."

The Sharks credentials will be put to the ultimate test on Saturday against defending premiers Port Kembla.

While Stuart Beedie's men haven't flown out of the blocks, there remains no shortage of firepower in their star-studded attack.

"That is where they got us in the second round last year. We matched them for 80 minutes but their quality in their front third got us," Bemi said.

"I wouldn't expect anything less this year.

"They are well organised. They play a similar style to what we do, so realistically if you win your one on ones on the weekend you will probably win the game."

Crucial to Woonona's cause will be an attack which was profited from the club's strong start to 2014 with nine goals in four outings.

"It is funny in that our strikers are probably not leading the way in terms of goals," Bemi said.

"It is coming from other areas of the park, which is a good thing to see.

"It is just a worrying factor because we are conceding a few goals as well, which we are trying to work on and sure up at the moment.

"It's nice to score goals as long as you stop them from going in at the other end too."