FRIDAY, APR. 13: Tuff Dogs coach Danny Faria predicts his team ‘will go for broke’ in this weekend’s cup final.
Table toppers Tuff Dogs take on Robin Hood in the Bistro Challenge Cup on Saturday.
And Faria says his players remain ‘cautiously optimistic’ that they will clinch an unprecedented league and cup double and overcome their bogey team.
Tuff Dogs have already been crowned league champions and finished the season three positions ahead of Robin Hood in the Corona League.
But Faria knows his side has yet to beat Robin Hood this year.
He added: “We are all feeling pretty good about our chances.
“Unfortunately we have lost a couple of players due to injury, but we have good strength in depth.
“We know we have had problems with Robin Hood this season.
“But this is the last game of the season and we will leave it all out there.
“It will boil down to whether we can take our chances.
“Sometimes this season we have been a bit wasteful and I’m sure Robin Hood will not give us many chances.
“They will be trying to be a little more physical with us, but as long as we stick with our attacking game we will be ok.”
Derek Stapley, player coach of Robin Hood, told the Sun his players would relish the challenge of sinking the league champions.
He praised the Corona League’s organisers for their work during the season.
Stapley added: “It’s going to come down to which side wants it the most on the day and which set of players show the most heart.
“We had a rocky start to the season, but picked up in the second half when we got a more consistent team on the pitch.
“The guys have worked really hard over the last couple of months.
“We knew the league was out of our reach early on and Tuff Dogs deserve their success because they were by far the most consistent team.
“But this is a big game for us and we’ll do absolutely everything we can to get the result.
“It should be an exciting game and we obviously hope it goes our way.”
The Cup Final starts at BAA field at 3pm, and follows the Docksider All Star game which kicks off proceedings at 1pm.
Corona League President, Mike McGrath said: “There is a lot of anticipation leading up to this final.
“It has the makings of a great game as both sides play an attacking style of football.
“It should be very entertaining and a fitting end to the Corona season.”