The ADJFA 2002’s B-league has gotten off to an exciting start. Six of the nine teams remain from last season, with three new teams introduced to the league following promotion from the C-league at the end of last season. Keith Ross, one of the coaches from Stonehaven YFC Madrid, who remain in the B-league this season, spoke exclusively to YFS to reflect on last season and share his aims for the season ahead.
Ross described last season as ‘challenging’, with his side still adapting to the 11-aside game in their second season. He said, “Feeling that a lot of this big transition from 7-aside would be passed us, the team still struggled a little adapting to squad size and game time. However the players grew and developed as expected. Two of our players also managed to secure pro-youth selection by the end of the season so that resulted in positive player development.”
Although there will be many other teams challenging for the league title, Ross thinks it is important to focus on his own team and for the team to focus on their own results. He said, “Our goal this season is to continue to play fast passing tempo football and to challenge for the league.”
The squad has been expanded for this season, with Ross hoping to encourage friendly competition within the squad. He said, “We have taken in additional players to strengthen the squad by means of numbers and ability. This ensures that I as a manager, and my coaching team, have a hard selection process for game day but, in addition, it builds a competitive spirit in the team.”
The focus then returned to the season ahead, with Ross reiterating his hopes of challenging for the league. He said, “Our goal is to seriously challenge for the league and for promotion. Further to this, I am hoping that we will get a good cup run. However the main goal is to ensure the squad that we have develop their ability to be better at the end of the season than when they started. We are looking forward to a successful and competitive season ahead.”
Stonehaven got off to a great start this season, with a win against Ellon Meadows but lost in their second game to Paul Lawrie Foundation, who achieved promotion from the C-league after finishing at the top of their league table last season. However at this early stage in the season, every team is still in contention for the league title, and for promotion at the end of the season. Everyone at YFS wishes all the teams in the ADJFA 2002’s B-league all the best for the 2016/17 season.