NEW FOCUS: Jesse Powell, James Joyce and Daniel Usher gear up for a season with Westlawn Tigers Football Club.
NEW FOCUS: Jesse Powell, James Joyce and Daniel Usher gear up for a season with Westlawn Tigers Football Club.

Tigers to unleash roar power in FFA Cup

WESTLAWN Tigers FC are deep in preparations for their opening preliminary match in the Football Federation Australia Cup against the Nambucca Strikers FC tomorrow.

Tigers president Peter Fysh is confident of his side's chances in the tournament under new coach James Joyce.

Fysh said his team's main strengths were the players' knowledge of each another and consistent work on development.

"We've retained a lot of our under-16 boys from last year," Fysh said.

"One of our boys who left mid-season to go to America has come back and he is looking good in training.

"We haven't brought in many new recruits as we're trying to keep a lot of the same boys who know each other to strengthen the playing group's bond.

"We've been getting good numbers down to training each week and the boys are working hard on their development.

"We have a fairly young squad this year which is good to see. We also have a new coach on board with James Joyce."

The Tigers will have to fight it out against many of the local sides they meet in grade football each week before progressing from the preliminary rounds.

Fysh is unsure if he likes the idea of playing known competition as it provides games where everyone has scouted each other thoroughly.

"I do like the format. This year's format is a little different from past years," he said.

"We used to play against different divisions but instead this year we're playing against all the same teams that we usually do and then moving up if we come away victorious.

"I'd rather see it how it used to be. When you play against the same teams that you do week in and week out, you get to know patterns and how they play. I'd rather play unknowns to give that level of difference."

Senior player and new head coach, James Joyce says he was looking forward to the opener against the Strikers and will use it to test his structures and combinations.

"We have no expectation of result in the Nambucca game," Joyce said.

"We have a lot of young guys joining our team from the junior ranks and we just need to get them focused on the combinations and playing as a unit. Commitment to effort will be a big focus."

FFA CUP DRAW

Round 1, Saturday

At Barnier Park, Junction Hill

3pm: Westlawn Tigers v Nambucca Strikers

5pm: Maclean FC v Coffs Coast Tigers

At Ayrshire Park, Boambee

3pm: Boambee Bombers v Woolgoolga Utd

5pm: Coffs City Utd v Northern Storm Thunder



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