Tuggeranong United Football Club have just drawn South Hobart in the inaugural FFA Cup.
The FFA Cup is a national knockout tournament run by Football Federation Australia in conjunction with the State and Territory Member Federations in Queensland, New South Wales, Northern New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia. The cup includes all 10 A-League heavyweights.
Tuggeranong United qualified after winning the 2013 ACT Federation Cup.
On hearing the results of today’s live draw on Fox Sports News Tuggeranong coach Steve Forshaw said “We are absolutely delighted with the prospect of going to Hobart to play.
As well as being an unknown challenge it represents an opportunity to gain experience that we would otherwise be unlikely to get close to.
It’s fantastic for Tuggeranong and for local football. We are really looking forward to the challenge and representing the ACT in the FFA Cup.”
“I suspect there isn’t much between the teams. The best team on the night is likely to win”, said Tuggeranong coach Steve Forshaw in response to how Tuggeranong may perform against a Tasmanian team.
“All of us at Tuggeranong are looking forward to the challenge of taking on South Hobart FC on their turf and making a real fist of moving through to the round of 16 “, said Tuggeranong United FC President Jon Thiele.
All FFA Cup dates, venues and kickoff times will be confirmed on Monday. More information as it comes to hand.
With Capital Football not having had a registered Cup competition, it was agreed by the local clubs and the Federation that their spot in the Westfield FFA Cup would be allocated to the 2013 ACT Federation Cup, which was Tuggeranong United.
Currently sitting mid table in the NPL ACT, the history of ‘Tuggies’ dates back to 1977 from its origins as Kambah United Soccer Club. Notably, Tuggeranong has been a breeding ground for some quality football talent, boasting the likes of Socceroos trio Tom Rogic, new Melbourne Victory signing Carl Valeri and Western Sydney Wanderers defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley who played at the club in their early years.
The NPL runners up from last year would have a fair trophy room. The oldest association football club in Tasmania having played their first match on 21 May 1910, they are also one of the most successful, winning the State Championship a record 15 times. Add to this a remarkable 21 Southern titles, 11 KO Cups, 3 Statewide KO Cups and 6 Falkinder Cups plus various other trophies, and they stand out as not only one of Tasmania’s but Australia’s most successful clubs.