The journey for Olympia FC Warriors has officially begun after their stunning 4-2 victory over Glenorchy Knights, launching them into the 2017 FFA Cup.
Their challenge begins on the 1st of August when they go head-to-head with New South Wales National Premier League powerhouse, Apia Leichhardt.
As preparation for the match begins, the focus now turns to each individual to come together and set the standard necessary for the club to be contenders in the cup.
The match itself is set to raise the bar, as some of the state’s strongest players showcase their abilities on the national stage.
Captain of the squad, Jake Vandermey, discussed the importance of building and maintaining their momentum leading into the cup.
“Playing a team that is performing so well in the NPL means that they will be able to last that little bit longer, we need to improve our strength both physically and mentally in order to be our best.”
“Most of the players in our squad were not involved in the NPL finals series in 2015 and this competition brings a similar challenge which we are keen to tackle and overcome together.”
After much discussion the decision was made to play under the lights at KGV, the home of football in Tasmania. The result is one welcomed by many members of the squad, looking to showcase their skill on home soil.
“Having all of our supporters there cheering us on will help provide us with a solid foundation that we can take advantage of in order to progress further in the competition.”
“Our commitment to this competition will help prove to the rest of the state and the country that Olympia FC Warriors is a club to be reckoned with.”
The state’s previous involvement in the competition has not gone unnoticed, with many other teams making their mark on the national stage.
“We want to show the rest of Australia that Tasmania is not a weak football state, and that we do have the ability to perform at such a high level.”
“We want to test ourselves against the best clubs in the country, and in years to come establish the fact that Olympia FC Warriors deserve to make their mark on football in Australia.”