Date with Destiny set as Quarter-Final fever hits the Tiger Turf Cup


With eight teams left in the prestigious Cup competition, the round of 16 produced a number of stellar results.
Super League outfit the Rockdale City Suns remain one of only two teams from its division in the final eight after they defeated fellow league rivals Mt Druitt Town Rangers 3-0.
TeleChoice Premier League outfit A.P.I.A.-Leichhardt Tigers had a hard fought 4-3 victory over Super League side Granville Rage in what was seen as a thrilling match.
Bankstown City Lions continued its impressive form in the Cup after defeating Super League outfit Northern Tigers 6-3.
Bankstown striker Paul Harries continued his late surge of goals after scoring a brace while James Monie, Tayfun Devrimol, Phillip Makrys and Christopher Goddy Bascurt scored the other goals for Peter Tsekenis? squad.
The titanic TeleChoice Premier League clash between Sydney United and Marconi ended in the Stallions favour as they secured a spot in the Quarter-Finals with a 2-1 win.
Current Tiger Turf Cup ?giant killers? and Division 1 outfit the Blacktown Spartans continued its ascendancy into the tournament with a tremendous 3-0 victory against Super League side Fraser Park.
Goals from Robbie Portelli, Reece Iredale and Peter Hubbard all via the assistance of hardworking midfielder Troy McColl all secured the valuable victory for Jeff Suzor?s squad.
Super League high flyers Bonnyrigg White Eagles were given a scare against Division 1 side Spirit FC but fought them off with a 2-1 victory.
Sydney Olympic came from behind and recorded a 3-2 win over the Blacktown City Demons courtesy of a double strike by marksman James Kovas.
While finally, the current TeleChoice Premier League leaders Sutherland Sharks defeated fellow rivals Manly United thanks to a Matthew Hall goal.
There have been a number of juicy Quarter-Final pairings with the first clash being Sydney Olympic taking on traditional rivals the Marconi Stallions.
David Barrett?s squad has had a rather indifferent 2008 season and with the finals series all but beyond the former NSL club, the Stallions will be pushing hard for some silverware via the Tiger Turf Cup.
Things have certainly picked up a notch for the Fairfield based side as they have improved vastly following their horrid start to the season.
The Blues under Milan Blagojevic will also be looking at cementing its second piece of silverware for the year after they captured the 2008 Johnny Warren Cup.
Fireworks always occur when these two sides clash and this will be no different as a Semi-Finals spot is up for grabs for the eventual victor.
Super League high flyers Bonnyrigg White Eagles take on TeleChoice Premier League side A.P.I.A.-Leichhardt Tigers in what should be a mouth-watering clash for any football purist.
The Tigers are itching for a finals birth into this year?s TeleChoice Championship series so with that on their minds, things could possibly work into the White Eagles favour.
It will be the Super League?s team to beat facing one of the dark-horses of the TeleChoice Premier League in what will be an action packed match.
It will be a friendly rivalry affair between Bankstown City Lions and the Rockdale City Suns as they lock horns in the Quarter-Finals.
Tsekenis? squad have made it quite clear that they are making a late surge into the top five of the TeleChoice Premier League with some credible results of late but need to be on their toes when they face the unpredictable Suns.
Rockdale have been struggling in the Super League thus far but will certainly be taking the Tiger Turf Cup rather seriously in progressing into the later stages of the tournament.
While finally, it?s the highest ranked club in NSW being the current unbeaten Sutherland Sharks side taking on Division 1 battlers the Blacktown Spartans in what?s been billed as  David versus Goliath  affair.
The Spartans, coached by former player Suzor, have been in devastating form in the Tiger Turf Cup thanks to some strong performances by skipper Hubbard and their leading marksmen Glen McPherson and Liam Delaney.
A ?Spartan? like effort will certainly be needed though by the boys from Blacktown if they have any hope of plotting a Sharks downfall as Sutherland have been in prolific form in 2008.
The Sharks have famously gone on a 22-match unbeaten streak which has been seen as an amazing statistic in both the league and cup competitions.
The Shire boys have continued its surge towards owning top spot in the TeleChoice Premier League with the likes of Pedj Bojic, Brendan Gan, George Souris, Phillip Zabaks, Jimmy Bakis and Bradley Boardman all pitching in work-man like performances for Brian Brown?s squad.
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-By Mark Stavroulakis