Karl Dodd
Karl Dodd David Nielsen

Versatile Norris adds professional qualities

A POSITIVE for coach Karl Dodd dealing with a young side is the recent form of newcomer Todd Norris.

"He's a very good player,'' Dodd said. "He's just got to get game time and get back into the swing of things.''

Norris scored three goals in Western Pride's recent midweek tour match win over the Papua New Guinea national side. That came after Norris scored a double in Pride's previous 7-0 win over Toowoomba.

The Pride coach praised Norris for his team play after he could have scored two extra goals against Toowoomba. One was giving the penalty to teammate Lincoln Rule to take. The other was a neat pass to Jay Kitching for him to score.

"I was very impressed with his professionalism in the Toowoomba game,'' Dodd said.

The way the versatile Norris is combining with Mitch Bird up front is also giving Pride more strikepower.

"They are very handy attacking weapons,'' he said.

Pride fly to Townsville today and have lunch before catching a bus to Ayr for the game.

They'll hop on the bus and return to Townsville straight after tonight's match before an early Sunday morning flight home.


PNG lessons

PLAYING Papau New Guinea during a bye weekend was productive for the young Western Pride players.

Although Pride won 5-2, head coach Karl Dodd was quick to focus on one of the areas his team is dealing with this season. "They were a bit stand-offish in the first half. They didn't know what to expect,'' Dodd said.

Pride and PNG were deadlocked 1-1 at halftime before the home side ran out comfortable winners.

"That's the point I want to highlight to the boys. To go out and give 100 percent,'' he said.

"They were a bit tentative at times.

"They've got to back themselves.''

When the teenage players pick up the tempo, they are an exciting side to watch.


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