"IT WAS a bit of a towelling, to say the least," said Park Avenue Brothers co-captain Nathan Burke, following their 11-0 defeat at the hands of Southern Suburbs on Saturday.

"We didn't play that badly, they just played so well. Their ratio of chances to goals was extremely high. They probably had around 15 chances and scored 11 goals. It was quite incredible. Any other team might have only scored five.

"We had chances ourselves, probably around 10 opportunities, but we just couldn't get the ball in the box."

To be fair to Park Avenue Brothers, they have the youngest squad in the A1 Hockey League and have struggled with player availability so far this season. They were in this contest against Souths up until midway of the first half.

"It was nil-all until the last 15 to 20 minutes of the first half," Burke said.

"Then they scored three goals in as many minutes and this sapped our morale. We were missing four key players, so this didn't help our cause as well. We are struggling to get the same team on the pitch every week."

This was Park Avenue's worst defeat of season 2015 and although they are yet to record a win, Burke believes it's not all bleak for Brothers.

"We've had a few narrow defeats, only losing by small margins," Burke said.

"We are also getting some senior players back next week, including Ryan Burke, my co-captain Ben Holden and hopefully Simon Boyd."

Reigning premiers Wanderers await next week and Burke is under no illusion how difficult that's going to be as well.

"That will be another really tough match for us, no doubt," Burke said.

"But our new coach, Cameron Willie, is a former Wanderers player," Burke said.

"He has that winning mentality and he's a great communicator with our players, especially our younger guys.

"He's working hard with us as we rebuild our team. With our senior players back, some stability in our line-up and his leadership, I don't think it will too long before we have a win."



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