FRATERNITY CLUB CUP
Tarrawanna have drawn what has been described as the Fraternity Club Cup "group of death", but coach Luke McGuire will value performance over results when the pre-season competition begins tonight.
Pitted against last season's treble winners Dapto Dandaloo, Wollongong United and Albion Park in the 12-team tournament, Tarrawanna face a treacherous path to make the competition's semi-finals.
The Fury and Blueys kick off the competition at Macedonia Park with Wollongong United and the White Eagles to follow.
McGuire has strengthened Tarrawanna's midfield with the acquisitions of ex-United star Ricky Goodchild as well as the influential Ilija Prenzoski (Cringila) and Andy Gamble (Wollongong Olympic).
He said his outfit had re-evaluated last year's campaign which fizzled out with back-to-back losses to Bulli and Port Kembla in the finals.
"To be fair we probably ran out out of goals and that was probably what halted us going a bit further," McGuire said. "I think as a whole we were pretty disappointing last season.
"I think third probably flattered us a bit in the league. We would string a couple of games together and then lose one and then in the semis we ran into two red-hot sides in Bulli and Port Kembla.
"[But] our committee worked unbelievably this off-season. I just identified a couple of potential targets and let them do the rest."
Steeled for the tournament with clashes against two NSW Premier League sides, Tarrawanna appear well advanced in pre-season preparations.
But McGuire said they would only contemplate winning the first trophy on offer this season if they were in a position to do so after the round-robin matches.
"I reckon it's a cracking draw," he said. "You've got two of the top three teams from last year and another that has recruited unbelievably well.
"If we get to a situation where it looks like we might be able to win a trophy then we'll re-evaluate again. It's pretty much all about getting match fitness under our belt and we're just trying to work on a few things."
The Fraternity Club Cup will feature a couple of invitees in 2013, with Shoalhaven Heads Berry and Southern Branch, a State League Two side this season, featuring in two of the four District League groups.