Youngsters face biggest test
Football Federation Australia Cup clash to separate men from boys
FOOTBALL: Filled with teenagers and young talent, there’s no denying that this weekend’s Football Federation Cup clash will be the biggest game in the careers of many Whitsunday Football Club players.
WFC will host Frenchville on Saturday night at the Whitsunday Sportspark, hoping to take another step on what has already been a triumphant FFA Cup road.
The local team qualified as the top team in the Mackay region earlier this year but now face the best the Central Queensland Premier League has to offer.
WFC football manager Anthony Nobilia didn’t shy away from how important the clash is.
“It’s the biggest game I’ve been a part of in my time at the club,” he said.
“It’s definitely very exciting for the club, right from the ju- niors through to seniors.
“Hopefully we’ll have a big crowd down there.”
Being a Rockhamptonbased team, Nobilia said the club didn’t have any intel on its opponents this weekend.
“We’re working on set pieces at training this week because we recognise that tight games can be won on set pieces,” Nobilia explained.
“We don’t know what to ex- pect other than they’ll be competitive.
“To be prepared is the only way we can go, so we’re rehearsing our set pieces because we could win from a free-kick or a corner.
“At the end of the day it doesn’t matter how you win.”
The FFA Cup tie will kickoff at 6.30pm on Saturday.
WFC’s MCL and reserves team have games at 2pm and 4pm, respectively.
GAME-CHANGER: With Lathan Dunn you're never sure what he's going to do. He brings an element of surprise to Whitsunday's attack and he will beat you if you're not concentrating. The young star loves nothing more than scoring a goal, and won't hesitate to pull the trigger if he's in range.
MATCH-WINNER: Logan Cross plays down the wings and uses his blistering pace to beat players down the line. Cross has very good skills on the ball and enjoys turning defenders insideout. He is a huge threat down the left-hand side.