Dave's message to high-flying Jets

Assistant coach Dave Harris is not letting the occasion overtake Jets' preparations. Picture Albert Perez


Forget what is at stake, says Harris

 

HYPE, hope and expectation have gripped many at Moreton Bay United this week – but not assistant coach Dave Harris.

  

Today, Jets play their first competitive match outside Queensland, in the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues semi-final, on an artificial pitch, against NSW Premiers Blacktown.

 

Jets are just 90 minutes from a chance to become the best side in Australia outside the Hyundai A-League - a staggering achievement for a team whose first match was less than three years ago.

 

But Harris said: “The stakes are higher in a final series, but you push the stakes aside. I treat this as just another game of football.

 

“You still have to go out, do the business and get a result - any reward comes after that.”

 

Any fears of the artificial pitch? “No,” said Harris, “some of our strengths are pushing the ball around and we’ll get a true bounce which is great.

 

“I think a little bit of the struggle we had in the second half of the year was because of the uneven surface at Wolter Park, so I think the guys will love this one.

 

“Adam and I were down there (at Blacktown) on Sunday. The bounce is true, the roll is true and I think our guys will thrive on that.

 

“We had a look at Blacktown’s set-up and their style of play. But we’re an attack-minded side so we’re not going to change too much.”

 

Jets’ rapid ascent has shocked some and Harris admits to being a “little bit surprised” by it, but added “after the first few games of this season I realised we’d got some talented kids in the side.

 

“It’s probably fair to say we’re not the best technical side in the comp, but there are so many other wonderful attributes – the guys work so hard for each other, there’s that will to win and desire to push on.

 

“In the second half of the season teams started to work us out, but the way the players pulled each other through and kicked on was great.

 

“When you’ve seen that in action, no, I’m not surprised to see where we are.

 

“Winning the double had been a big thing for this club and the players - and we’re hopeful we’ve got two more weeks before the season ends.’’