GREG Fuchs is a school principal by day, and his Belrose Terrey Hills AL/1s men’s squad will tell you he is equally disciplined when it comes to coaching football.
Taking over in the off-season at Wyatt Ave, plenty expected his team to win the competition in a canter following Curl Curl’s promotion to the MWFA Premier League.
Harbord Seasiders United didn’t read the script, and heading into Saturday’s top of the table tussle at Harbord Park, Paul Mulligan’s youthful team are the competition leaders.
“I knew it would be a lot more difficult than people were saying,” Fuchs said.
“Our squad had a big overhaul, only three or four regulars from last year remained.
“Coaching AL/1s is very different to Prems, I know that from my time at Manly Vale. It seems each week is like a grand final for whoever we are playing.
“Harbord have been the most consistent team all year, and good luck to them.
“I would say we are the underdogs this weekend.”
With the MWFA Premier League expanding into a 12-team competition for 2020, both HSU and the Raiders are already assured places alongside the likes of Brookvale and Pittwater RSL FC.
But the opportunity to win a competition doesn’t come around every day, meaning Saturday will be a tense affair.
“After HSU we have Manly Vale, who are battling for the playoff spot (to play whoever finishes last in the MWFA Premier League), so if we manage to win the title, we have deserved it,” Fuchs said.
“I would like to leave a legacy, in my eyes my work has only just begun at the club.”