Hakoah on a high: Timpano

EYE ON THE BALL: Wollongong Wolves striker Peter Simonoski battles for possession in a match against Blacktown City at WIN Stadium. Picture: ADAM McLEAN
EYE ON THE BALL: Wollongong Wolves striker Peter Simonoski battles for possession in a match against Blacktown City at WIN Stadium. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Wolves coach Jacob Timpano expects to face a Hakoah Sydney City East outfit brimming with confidence when his squad travel to Hensley Athletic Field on Saturday night.

Hakoah were the only team in the competition to play last weekend and chalked up a convincing 3-1 victory over APIA Leichhardt to claim the Waratah Cup title. 

“I think they are going to be on a high from that,” Timpano said heading into his side’s clash this weekend. 

“That result certainly shows that they are a very capable side against top opposition.

“It is always a difficult trip going up there but we have won four from six in the second half of the season.

“Our only losses came to the top two teams. Hopefully the weekend off has given us time to refresh and got another win.

The Wolves are set to welcome back Darcy Madden for the match, but will be without Josh MacDonald (injury) and Patrick Antelmi (suspension). 

James O’Rourke is also a chance to get his first start of the season after missing the bulk of the past 18 months due to an ACL tear.

“It would be a reward for his perseverance,” Timpano said.

“After recovering from that ACL tear, he has been involved in the under 20s, but he also copped a suspension down there too which put him back a couple more weeks.

“He is still getting back towards full fitness, but did a good job when he came on in our last match.”

Kick-off is at 7pm on Saturday night.