Tuff Dogs, Hood in season opener
Tuff Dogs president Manny Faria won't be looking too closely at the result when his troops take to the field against league champions Robin Hood in the Charity Cup at Goose Gosling Field tonight.
The two rivals will contest the first piece of silverware of the season, however Faria is more concerned about the team's performance.
“It is always important to prepare for a match when you have the chance to win some silverware but I don't think the match will give the winner a distinct psychological advantage over the loser,” said Faria.
“I don't think either team will be playing at 100 percent. Even though both teams want to win, I also believe it will be played in a good spirit and with this being said I'm not sure how much will be taken from the result.”
The KO champions have one disadvantage in that they will be missing players due to work or family commitments.
But an upside for Dogs is still having the same nucleus of players that saw them finish third last year and finish the campaign unbeaten the year previously.
“We still have the core nucleus of our team,” added Faria. “I think it is very important to have a sense of consistency. We have picked up four or five new players who will definitely improve our squad in all areas of the field.
“They have been welcome additions and have fitted in with the squad quite well. We are excited with what they can add to the team.
“Getting large numbers out to training has been difficult. Many guys have a lot of other work and family commitments.
“We also had many guys travelling.
“Numbers have been much better the last few weeks and we have played a few friendly matches to prepare for the season. I think we are ready and eager for our first match.
“I don't think there is much pressure on the club or the players. We are confident that we have the talent, depth and preparation to be title contenders again this year. That is all we can ask for. Now it is up to the players and how hard they work and how much they want it. We are a competitive bunch and of course it is our goal to win the league.
“That should be any team's goal, we expect to be contenders but there are a lot of factors which ultimately decide who wins the title.”
Kick-off for tonight's match is set for 7pm.