Gerringong hope to break through in FFA Cup

Breakers' skipper Andy Lockard. Photo: DAMIAN McGILL

Breakers' skipper Andy Lockard. Photo: DAMIAN McGILL

THE Gerringong Breakers look set to be one of the top teams in Shoalhaven Football once again this season, if their pre-season form is anything to go by.

The Breakers have progressed to the third round of the prestigious FFA (Football Federation Australia) Cup, where they will take on Bankstown United FC this Sunday from 4pm at Jensen Park, Sefton.

“We are stoked to be representing our club and our region,” Breakers coach Jadon Lavington said.

“We went in as underdogs last game and won and we are hoping to ride that momentum into this week.

“I would love to see more Shoalhaven District Football Association teams in it next year, as I think a club like Culburra could have easily gone through.

“They are always a quality side and beating us in the grand final last year is proof.

“I have plenty of mates in other Shoalhaven clubs that I know can step up to this level of competition, so hopefully our success encourages more teams to be involved in the future.”  

To make it into round three, Gerringong defeated Norwest FC 3-2 at Valentines Sports Park on Sunday, March 12.

They are one of 148 teams in the NSW section of the nationally recognised competition competing for spots in the final rounds and this is their first year competing in the cup.

Rivals Bankstown United FC are a semi-professional club that play in NSW State League one men's competition and reached round four of the FFA Cup last year.

“We are once again going in as serious underdogs on Sunday but that’s how we like it,” Lavington said.

“It’s a great opportunity that I know all the boys are looking forward to.

“We are hoping to show the other associations around the state, the talent that we have on the South Coast.”

Breakers club president Javid Sadrnia explained that a bus organised to help with getting fans to the ground.

“The bus will be leaving Gerry Emery Oval at 12.30pm on Sunday for supporters and players, at a cost of $20 per adult, with children under 13 free,” Sadrina said.

“Please contact the club via email to book a seat on the bus.”