Waterhouse look to go ‘all the way’
Following a wobbly start to the Jamaica Premier League (JPL) season, Waterhouse coach Marcel Gayle believes his coaching staff has been able to iron out minor faults that hindered them early in the campaign, to finish atop the points standings after the preliminary round.
Gayle’s team topped the table with 19 points from 10 matches, which earned them an automatic place in the semi-finals.
He admitted that their display in the first half of the tournament was far from satisfying, but since then they have fine-tuned the team, and their results have been a lot more gratifying.
With their current form, Gayle said the Drewsland-based club is hoping to get it right this season, after losing the last two Premier League finals.
“It was kind of topsy-turvy at first, but in the final analysis we got it right. We started a bit hesitant, but we have seen growth in the short and medium term,” he said.
“We were playing good, but we were overlooking some small details, as we weren’t committing people forward and we weren’t defending well. So, owing to the fact that we weren’t scoring much, we had to tighten up after the first five games and we just took it from there,” Gayle noted.
The team drew four, won one and lost one of their first six games and were outside a play-off position in eighth with just seven points. Also, they had scored seven goals.
However, since their defeat to Humble Lion, the team has transformed into title-winning material, claiming five victories and drawing once, while scoring an impressive 13 times and while conceding five times.
“Now, we have started to score goals, and in the last four games we have only conceded a few, while at the other end we have gotten more than 10 goals. So that is a plus going forward. But for the play-offs, Cavalier, Mount Pleasant and Tivoli are looking good,” Gayle analysed.
“Harbour View started out well but lost their footing a little. But they are in the play-offs, and every team in the play-offs has a chance, so it is going to be a humdinger,” the Waterhouse coach reasoned. “Nobody will be holding back, everyone will have to go out and play. So at the end of the day, I am expecting a very competitive play-offs.”
However, by virtue of the fact that they have been to the last two Premier League finals, and lost, Gayle said the players are now eager to get it right the third time of asking.
“The aim of Waterhouse every season, not just this season, is going all the way. We have players in the team who played two finals and they want to make amends. They are all aspiring to reach that level, so there’s a whole lot to look forward to,” said Gayle.
“We are mindful of finishing strong, and we will take every game as a final and showcase what we have. The players are very confident, and the mindset is to fight all the way for the championship.”