Kemblawarra Fury look to be a great chance of progressing to the FFA Cup round-of-32 on Wednesday night, but it would be foolish to rule out Bulli as well.
It’s already been a tremendous effort from both Illawarra Premier League clubs to have made it as far as they have and making one more step certainly doesn’t look beyond either them.
The Fury, on paper, have the easier match when they travel up to Sydney to face Hills Brumbies.
Hills sent Wollongong United packing in a convincing 6-3 win earlier this month and currently sit mid-table in the NSW NPL Men’s 2.
They undoubtedly provide a stern test for the Fury, but it’s not one that Kemblawarra won’t be able to overcome.
The Fury have featured in plenty of big games over the past few years so will definitely be up for the challenge.
Bulli on the other hand face a tougher assignment when they play the Wolves’ NSW NPL Men’s 1 rivals Blacktown City.
City have lost just once this campaign and are consistently a force in the Cup competition.
With that said, Blacktown certainly aren’t going to enjoy making the mid-week trip down to Balls Paddock to meet a Bulli side who are absolutely flying.
An upset or two could definitely be on the cards.
And what an achievement that would be to have an IPL club in the main draw for the first time.
I wish both clubs the best of luck in their respective games.
- DEPTH TESTS
Squad depth wasn’t a luxury we had at the Wolves last season.
When the off-season begun, it was one of main objectives to change that and we reaped the rewards of doing it last weekend.
With the like of Ben Tosi, James Baldacchino, Michael Robinson, Hayden Morton and Peter Simonoski already unavailable, we had to rely on that improved depth to come to the fore. It did, and the guys who stepped in did so with aplomb in our 3-0 win over Parramatta.
It didn’t happen without hiccup. Nico Bernal and Josh MacDonald both picked up knocks and Brett Wilson sadly tore his ACL. Fingers crossed Nico and Josh should be back on the pitch next weekend against Sydney Olympic and hopefully he can keep everyone on the park for our crucial second half to the season.