Following the triumph coach John Turner was quick to praise the work ethic of his men, yet equally as adamant to throw out a challenge to adversaries next season.
?This team has some exceptional spirit, and the boys do put their heads down and work hard without panicking. I?ve said this often over the course of the season,? commented Turner following the Grand Final win.
?We?ve been knocking on the door over the past couple of seasons and I believe that we will grow further next season and maintain this same pressure; we?ve proven ourselves and we will be out to confirm this new status.?
Wollongong FC have faltered in previous campaigns due largely to poor starts John Turner?s men have made; 2008 proved to be a different story.
?We started this campaign with the right attitude, even though we did not have the consistency we required. The side grew week-in week-out and in the end we came good.
?One of the biggest characteristics this side has is patience, and each of the boys need to be commended for their ability to work hard, even in moments where things did not go our way.?
Wollongong FC made a ?good? habit of coming from behind in the latter part of the season, coming from a goal down against Sydney Olympic and Sutherland Sharks in the two matches played to get into the Grand Final; on Grand Final day, the Wolves kept their habit.
?What can I say? We are a very fair team (laughs) giving our opponents a head start,? joked Turner.
?Seriously though, I believe that these boys deserved the win ? I believe we won the Grand Final two weeks earlier at Seymour Shaw where we won in extra-time with a number of injured players on the field. That set up this moment,? Turner added.
The defeat of Sutherland keeps John Turner?s Grand Final record with Wollongong FC at 100% following last season?s triumph in the Tiger Turf Cup Final; a winning feeling that has neglected the people of Wollongong in recent years.
?This win means a lot to the entire city of Wollongong, they have been starving for some sort of sporting success and thankfully we are the team to bring that back. The support of the wonderful groups of people that came from Wollongong was great for us today, though they have had a huge impact on our squad all season,? concluded Turner.
-By Joseph Carlucci