Pre­mier men sure to thrill

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

FOOT­BALL

THE key to the Whit­sun­day Foot­ball Club’s (WFC) pre­mier men’s sea­son will be an emo­tional roller­coaster but it will be an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ride along the way.

The team is pre­par­ing for this week­end’s Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Australia (FFA) Cup clash with Coun­try United at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark, where it will be bank­ing on its youth.

Lathan Dunn (18), Owen (16) and An­drew Hod­gen (20) and Mitchell Clarke (16) are just a few of the ex­cit­ing young play­ers the club boasts who will pro­vide flair, skill and pas­sion.

While a young team can be in­con­sis­tant, the up­side in this group is enor­mous.

The FFA Cup is the per­fect stage for WFC’s pre­mier men, as a deep run in the com­pe­ti­tion could put them in front of the coun­try’s big­gest clubs. “It’s a big op­por­tu­nity for the young play­ers of the club to show that they’ve got,” Mitchell said.

“With our younger play­ers com­ing up ev­ery year this year’s look­ing even more promis­ing.”Af­ter two con­sec­u­tive grand fi­nal ap­pear­ances for the pre­mier men, Mitchell says WFC is “get­ting closer ev­ery year” in the Mackay and Re­gional Foot­ball Zone com­pe­ti­tion.

Although the end goal is premier­ship suc­cess in the regular sea­son, the club is fo­cused on the present and Satur­day’s clash with Coun­try United.

“I don’t think they’re too big of an op­po­nent,” Mitchell said.

“They’re a good warm-up stage to see where we are at this year.”

The Whit­sun­day Sportspark will host a triple-header this Sa- tur­day, with ladies kick­ing-off pro­ceed­ings at 3pm.

WFC’s MCL team will be in ac­tion from 4.30pm while the cru­cial FFA Cup game will begin at 6pm.

KICK­ING GOALS: Young guns Lathan Dunn, Owen and An­drew Hod­gen and Mitchell Clarke are part of the bright fu­ture WFC is build­ing.

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