Maples looking for consistency

The Maples Packers are not quite at
the level of the other Packers side, Green Bay, but they are aspiring to get
there.

Maples are having a roller coaster
season, with some close losses against really good teams, superb wins against
quality opponents and a couple of blowout losses.

“It’s been difficult to maintain a
consistent level of play with the loss of our coach and a few key players from
last year,” said Kevin Solomon. “Highlights have been scoring 18 points in one
game against a complete HellCats team that has only given up a total of 13
points in their other seven games combined. We have also won two big games
against a surging Burger King Panthers team that many feel are the surprise
team of the season.”

Solomon really makes Maples tick.
He feels his form has been good and improved as the season progressed. “The
greatest challenge has been balancing my responsibilities as offensive captain,
quarterback, and coach for each game. Not having a coach on the sidelines has
certainly taken away from our overall team organisation and it is much more demanding
on me during games. Recently, Richard Campbell was injured and has stepped up
to assist with the coaching responsibility. Offensively we have been on fire
over the past few weeks scoring two or three touchdowns each week for the past
five weeks – and we are still tweaking our defence to ensure these scores
result in wins going forward.” 

Solomon feels for Maples to be
competitive with the best teams they need to have their key guys showing up for
all games. “Andrew Frederick is our best receiver but we also need players like
Kevin Maxwell at tight end and Michael Wilson there consistently as our second
speedy receiver to properly exploit defensive coverages. That said, defence is
what wins games in this league and we need our defence playing as one unit.
With Dave Nielsen and Frankie Braithwaite both putting up solid numbers on defence
we are finally beginning to play more as a team.”

Frederick has been their stand-out
player this season, contributing on offense and defence and making some
fantastic catches all season long. Rupert Whittaker has also shown great form
on offense and defence, however, he has missed the past few games due to
injury.

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