Gary Cortez, President of North AC, gave us this update on the club and the season ahead:

What’s been happening at the club over the summer months?

Gary: We’ve invested a lot of money in the club in respect of drainage and irrigation. It’s been a hot summer so we’ve put a lot of time and effort into keeping the pitch in good condition. A new drainage system has been put into what is usually the wettest half of the pitch and if it’s successful we will look to do the other half of the pitch next year.

Our new kit has just arrived, of course sporting the Rihoy & Son logo. We’ve chosen a new high-tech fabric for the shirts this year and we’ve changed to sky blue socks with a white band that will look great.

What about the team’s ambitions for the FNB Priaulx League this season?

Gary: We came second last season, which was a great result but of course we’re going out there to win. We always say if you work hard you will get what you deserve. We’ve got some great players and a good team spirit so we are in a good position to do well.

What about pre-season training?

Gary: North played in the Rawlinson Cup and beat our neighbours, Vale Rec, which was a great start. The lads have worked hard, they are training twice a week and during the season they can play two games a week as well so it’s a big commitment from them and the coaches.

What about the players? Has the squad changed much this year?

Gary: We’ve got some great youngsters coming through into the senior team. We’re pleased to have Liam Mahon back; he’s a midfielder who spent two years at Ilkeston Football Academy. Craig Mollet has come back to us from St. Martins; he was a North Mini, so it’s good to have him back in the fold. Jack Domaille is another player who has transferred back to North. He is a great defender and Tom Newbold is joining us. We’ve got Simon Tostevin up front; he’s looked good in pre-season training. Darren Martin and Ollie McKenzie have come back after a few seasons with GFC. So the squad is looking very strong indeed.

Has the season started well?

Gary: Well we won the Memorial Trophy that North has traditionally played against Jersey Wanderers. We beat them 3-0 and it’s always good to get a win away from home.


What else is there to look out for this season?

Gary: Well we can’t forget the veterans. They play in the Railway League and they start their season in September. They all enjoy the fitness and social side of the game a lot too! We always have a lot of social events in the bar and we like to think the club is a really important part of the community.

Posted: 1 September 2014