Westgate staying focused


Westgate is taking it one week at a time in the battle for the championship and promotion spots in the FV state league 2 north-west.

Westgate is one of four teams fighting for the top two spots with two rounds remaining.

With Upfield, which would have had the chance to claim the title on the weekend, being stripped of six points for playing an ineligible player, things have got even more interesting.

Heading into the weekend’s catch up round, Mill Park was on top of the ladder, ahead of Altona East Phoenix on goal difference

Fourth placed Upfield and third placed Westgate are set to play each other, with a victory for either side to move them to the top of the table.

Westgate coach Jim Gacovski said they would just continue to focus on what they had been doing.

“It’s coming down to the wire,” he said. “Upfield losing points came as a shock to me, but that is football and we have to continue playing.

“It doesn’t change our focus. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. We’ll go week by week and go from there.”

After a slow start to the season which included a change of coaches, Westgate has hit form in the back half of the season.

Round six was the last time the side failed to come away with at least a point.

Gacovski said things were starting to come together.

“The boys are in good form and enjoying their football and scoring goals,” he said.

“We’ve had key players come back for us. Most of the boys are coming back at the right time.

“For us we want to focus on doing what we have been doing the last couple of weeks.”

Promotion and a championship would be two years in the making, with Westgate on top of the table last year when the season was called off due to COVID-19.

Gacovski said they weren’t thinking about that.

“The last couple of weeks we’ve been building and we’ll give it a crack,” he said. “We’re not trying to put a limit on it.”

Speaking before the game with Upfield, Gacovski said it would possibly be their biggest game of the season.

In the final two rounds they also face Altona East Phoenix.