Men’s Premier League Preliminary Finals Preview

We’ve made it to the end of the regular season after 18 rounds of quality football. The First-Grade ladder was left to the last round to be fully decided after weeks of movement in the top four. Congratulations to Glebe Gorillas on securing the Minor Premiership.

The Reserve Grade ladder has been consistent since Round 15 with the top four grinding out huge results to keep it that way. Congratulations to Dunbar Rovers on securing the Minor Premiership.

For this week’s match previews, we’ve asked the clubs to provide their own comments.

Glebe Gorillas vs Glebe Wanderers, 2:30PM, Heffron Park Synthetic
Here’s what Glebe Gorillas first Grade Coach, Declan Moore, had to say about the fixture:
“Every single player should be proud of themselves for what we achieved this year. First team winning the league which is a huge achievement for a club run by its players. We play Wanderers and we know what kind of game we’re in for. They are always strong, physical and can play good football so we know what we need to do to get to the final.”

Glebe Wanderers Coach, Mark Cahalin, made these comments ahead of the weekend:
“Tough game v Gorillas, they’ve been by far the best team in the league this year and deserving winners. They’ve beaten us well in two games this year but we’re hoping we can finally get a win against them.”

Phoenix FC vs Coogee United, 2:30PM, Paine Reserve
Here’s what Phoenix Captain, Thomas Walsh, had to tell:
“After what was a bit of a disappointing league campaign for us it’s good to have another crack at a trophy starting on Saturday v Coogee. A lot of work has gone into this year from Lynchy & Murph, so as players were looking to pay them back with a good run in the grand finals. Games against Coogee are always tough but after a good week training, we’re buzzing to get going.”

Coogee United player, Sam Kirkwood, had these comments:
“It’s been a difficult season with lads on holidays and injuries, but we are looking for revenge after our defeat against Phoenix a few weeks ago, the boys are raring to go and Paine Reserve is our favourite pitch to play on, love a goal or 6 on there.”

Dunbar Rovers vs Glebe Wanderers, 12:00PM, Reg Bartley Oval
Dunbar Rovers Coach, Lee Burney, made these comments:
“Looking forward to levelling the score with Wanderers this weekend having lost the last two encounters! Always a good game when we meet, the boys are definitely up for this one”

Mark Cahalin, the Glebe Wanderes Coach, expressed these comments:
“Our Ressie side have trained hard the last few weeks and there is a lot of excitement going into the game. We always love the battle against Dunbar because they’re a great side.

Glebe Gorillas vs Waverley Old Boys, 12:00PM, Heffron Park Synthetic
Here’s what Glebe Gorillas first Grade Coach, Declan Moore, had to say about the fixture:
“The reserves had a great run in the middle of the league campaign and towards the end fell short due to lack of players which seemed to be a common theme throughout the league this year. They face Waverley which is always a tough game. They beat us in our last game but I think our lads are up for this one and should be exciting to watch.”

Waverley Coach, Mark Ninnes, conveyed these comments:
“Waverley are very excited and looking forward to participating in the final’s series for MPL res grade. It has been a long tough season with covid, injuries and borders open for people to travel. Going to be a tough game against Glebe Gorillas they have played well, and it will be a great challenge against them.”

Good luck to all teams on Saturday.

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