PUTTING it simply, this Wakehurst team produce when they have to.
After winning the 18s NSW Champion of Champions title last year, they were the favourites once the boys 18s division got underway in the State Cup.
A comfortable progression to the decider last Sunday saw Maurice Springfield’s Tigers face Georges River from the Sutherland Association at Valentine Sports Park.
Matt Stirret was the club’s hero, scoring a brace in the 2-1 win.
“We have had a squad nucleus for a number of years now,” Springfield said.
“Of course players come and go for various reasons, but whoever is on the team sheet I stress the importance of the team first, individuals second.
“They have been successful because they are driven, but they also listen – every player knows his role on the pitch and they tend to execute it.”
Next up for the junior Tigers is a massive assignment this Friday night in the MWFA 18/1s competition – St Augustine’s at Ararat Reserve.
“The boys are pumped, but I make sure they don’t get too ahead of themselves,” Springfield added.
“If we win this Friday, we should then take out the league which of course gives us the chance to potentially go back to back in the NSW Champions of Champions.
“Potentially winning four trophies in one year (MWFA minor premiers, grand final winners, State Cup and NSW Champions of Champions) would be amazing, but plenty of hard work awaits and you also need a slice of luck.”
Next year a number of the youngsters are expected to filter into Wakehurst’s MWFA Premier League squad, a prospect coach Paul Juergens will no doubt be happy about.
In other games last Sunday, Seaforth lost 3-1 to Hornsby RSL Youth (Northern Suburbs Association) in the 12 boys and Forest Killarney’s 13s boys were dusted 2-1 by Connells Point Rovers FC (St George Association).