The Australia Cup campaign for ESFA Clubs commences this weekend!
Last season our football community saw some great results in the Cup with one of our Clubs, Waverley Old Boys reaching Round 5 and narrowly missing out on victory to progress to Round 6.
This season our Clubs are back bigger, better and stronger than prior seasons and are looking forward to a positive campaign. With all teams having successful preseason trials and recruitment, the giant killers of ESFA are ready.
Phoenix have been lucky enough to automatically move to Rd 3 after avoiding a Rd 2 game in the draw.
Mascot Kings and Lokomotiv Cove are entering the Australia Cup for the first time and we look forward to their inaugural games being successful.
We asked our Clubs what the Magic of The Cup meant to them as they commence their journey in the Preliminary rounds.
Blake Serafin Lokomotiv Cove Coach
After losing our first 6 games of last ESFA winter competition season and then going on to make the grand final, the boys are anxious to get off to a better start this season, and there’s no better way to do this than an Australia Cup game. It’s rare that a division 2 team get the opportunity to play a premier league team in a meaningful game, however we’re prepared and will give it our all.
Robert Gold Randwick City FC Coach
Having a great cup run will give us the confidence and belief that as a club we are all pushing in the right direction. With hard work taking place both on and off the field every day, it’ll be great to see the team progress into the latter stages of the competition.
Joe Ninnes Mascot Kings FC Manager
This is the first time the club have entered the Australia Cup and we’re excited for the challenge. Our squad is made up of players from 3 title winning teams from last year and we’re hoping similar form will carry on to this Cup competition.
We’ve drawn somewhat of a local derby, with Bexley North a fellow Bayside Council Club. Having a game only 20 minutes up the road, on a field our players are all familiar with, should allow plenty of Mascot support to come along and make it feel like a home game.
Rupert Murray Glebe Gorillas Captain
The Australia Cup has meant a lot to the Gorillas over the years. We’ve had some great cup runs, memorably getting to the fifth round in 2021 and losing to Blacktown Spartans in a penalty shoot-out. The cup gives us a chance to test ourselves against quality opposition and boost our profile. We’re hoping for another good run this year and perhaps some giant-killing along the way.
Elliot Foils Glebe Wanderers Coach
We’re delighted to be in the competition again this year, it’s a great way for our lads to see how far they could go in the game & what level we are at as a team & we need to be on to compete at that next level.
We look forward to the trip out to Gymea & we’re sure they will give us a great test.
Mark Ninness Waverley Old Boys Coach
The Australia Cup is a great opportunity to compete against teams outside our normal competition and we look forward to a successful Australia Cup competition.
Anthony Murray Coogee United
The Australia Cup is a chance to test ourseles against some of the best teams in the State. The boys are excited for Saturday and hopefull for a good run in the prestigious cup.
Scott First Grade Manager Phoenix
After a great pre season with a lot of new signings, we are looking forward to the challenge of the Australia Cup. We always find its a great opportunity to see where we are at for the upcoming season. We are hoping for a good cup run this year.
ESFA wish all our teams the best of luck this weekend and mid-week in the Australia Cup and look forward to the positive outcomes and a highly successful campaign for all. We will have further quotes of inspiration from Clubs throughout their Australia Cup journey.