What a time to be alive for the local Football South Coast Community League team Coledale Waves.
The giant killing Coledale Waves senior men’s team are the talk of the town and only recently booked a dream date in Round 5 of the prestigious FFA Cup, as they play host to local powerhouse and current National Premier League NSW Men’s league leaders the Wollongong Wolves on May 1st at Ian McLennan Park (7:30pm kick-off).
The Waves, who don an amazing Pink kit, are certainly making a lot of noise and want to become the first ever Football South Coast Community League team to qualify for round 5 but they know what awaits them and their destiny for this dream to become a reality – A two-time NSL Champions side boosting some amazing quality in their arsenal with former Socceroo Luke Wilkshire running the show adding the likes of current Golden Boot frontrunner Thomas James, Japanese star Takedu Okada, former A-League custodian Justin Pasfield to name a few.
One such player from the Waves that will be hoping to make history that evening is 32-year-old skipper and defender Declan McMullen.
The tough tackling defender has been buzzing ever since his side overcame the likes of teams such as Budgewoi FC 2-1 in Round 2 and Manly Allambie United 1-0 recently in their round 3 clash.
“The FFA Cup experience has been amazing for the club and community so far.
“We are proud to be representing Coledale and the Northern Suburbs of Wollongong and the support we have received has been massive.
“This is the second year we have entered the competition and last year we went in a little underdone, it was our first kick for the season.
“This year we had a solid preseason under new head coach Martin Smith and have come away with two surprise victories.”
Asked what his thoughts were with the match against the mighty Wolves, McMullen replied.
“We see the game against the Wolves as a true ‘David and Goliath’ battle.
“Most of us grew up supporting the Wolves and are looking to emulate their star NSL players of the early 2000s.
“As a result, this is the biggest game ever for all of our players and for our small club and we will be looking to demonstrate that with our effort and enthusiasm for 90 minutes.”
While it will be a very tall order to achieve such a result, one things for sure, the Coledale Waves captain and his troops will give it their all and has urged the fans to come in their droves on what could be one of the biggest ‘Cup-sets’ should the inevitable happen.
“We would like to thank our amazing fans and the whole Coledale community who have supported us throughout our short history and we hope to give them something to cheer about come match day.
“We urge everyone to come down and support us in what will be the biggest game in the club’s history.”