RAYMOND Terrace Soccer fans, it is time to come out of the woodwork and support your team.
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Your Raymond Terrace Lions Soccer Club is attempting to advance into the next round of the nation-wide FFA Cup competition.
Standing between them and the next round is Northern NSW Premier League team, Adamstown Rosebud.
However, if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.
And this is what the FFA Cup is all about.
Based on the English FA Cup, this competition allows lower level clubs the opportunity to mix it with some of this country’s best.
This even includes the A-League clubs.
Your Raymond Terrace Lions won’t be taking on the likes of the Newcastle Jets or Sydney FC unless they can get past Adamstown and then some.
And that’s why they need your support as they take on some big clubs over the coming weeks.
Peter Petryk from Raymond Terrace Soccer Club told News Of The Area, “Our FFA cup journey this year started with a 4-2 victory over Zone league one side Newcastle University , next up was Beresfield who play a division higher in the Zone Premier league, 4-1 was the result after Beresfield had taken the lead early in the game, the team consisted of a mixture of first and reserve graders to give the younger guys coming through the club an experience playing in the Cup.”
“The next game saw us draw out Garden Suburb who play in the same division as the Terrace this season and we took out the game 5-1.”
“This Wednesday night we have drawn a home game Adamstown Rosebud who play in the Newcastle 1st division (NBN Premier League),” he said.
Adamstown sit three Divisions higher than the Lions, and It has been a while since a Newcastle Premier League side have had to come to the Terrace for a game and the boys are looking forward to the experience.
Kickoff is 7pm at King Park and the club is hoping to get a decent crowd to support the boys during the game.
Peter said, “The Terrace are having a great season so far sitting equal top position in First grade, our reserve grade is sitting in second position, and with the 4-0 win on the weekend, our third grade team has moved into 3rd position on the ladder.”
A win in this weeks FFA Cup could See Raymond Terrace through to the semi finals with the final six teams from the Hunter Valley, along with two teams from North NSW.
Two teams will remain after the semi finals to represent NNSW football in the round of 32 teams Australia wide. This is where the A League teams come into the FFA Cup competition.
Edgeworth, Broadmeadow Magic and Lambton Jaffas have previously represented the Newcastle region in the round of 32
Next Saturday 19 May, Raymond Terrace take on Cooks Hill United at King Park in the top of the table clash and match of the round.
Third grade 11am, reserve grade 12.45pm and first grade 2.30pm.
This will be a home game for the Lions, so they need a big home crowd to help get them through.
The FFA Cup is a terrific competition as it allows the little guys to dream.
To dream of not only going up against the professionals, but to even get one over on them.
After all, this is sport we’re talking about.
And if sport has taught us anything, it is that anything can happen.
By Rachael VAUGHAN