Do not bother telling Rockdale City Suns FC’s Trent McClenahan about how tough it is to win the PlayStation 4® National Premier Leagues New South Wales Men’s championship from a fourth-placed league finish.
Frankly, he does not care.
He says he and his team-mates are not interested in simply having a good PS4 NPL NSW Men’s Finals Series run, they want to win the whole thing.
"We’re here to win it and if you’re not here to win the whole thing then what is the point?" McClenahan said.
"We certainly feel as though we have as good a team as anyone left in it and we are confident we can get a result."
First up are reigning champions Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC in the Elimination Semi Final at Lily’s Football Stadium.
"They’ve been the bench mark for the last couple of years, so we know it is going to be a tough one," McClenahan said.
"We have had some good form coming into the finals series and we’re looking forward to it."
The Suns are yet to beat Bonnyrigg this season, drawing their round one encounter 2-2 before losing 4-2 to the champions in May.
"We thought we dominated that opening game and were unfortunate to draw it," he said.
"But despite our record against them this season, we’re confident we can get a win."
If anything McClenahan says his team’s record against the White Eagles this season says more about his own side’s inconsistency, which has been a frustrating feature of their campaign.
"Coming into the season with the players we have, we were confident we could match anyone in the league, but I think we’ve been inconsistent and that’s been disappointing from our point of view," he continued.
"We try and play a fairly direct game and we look to create chances. We are a really attacking team and we like to come out of the blocks quick without pressure.
"They’re the ingredients for us to play well and win and we’re looking for the same thing this week."
The Suns stalwart also said that Bonnyrigg’s upcoming Westfield FFA Cup commitments – a Round of 16 clash against Blacktown City – could play on their minds and while no one at Rockdale was counting on it, the White Eagles’ cup run could be weighing on their minds.
"It is possible. The Westfield FFA Cup is a big draw for the clubs at this level and the exposure they offer. It’s a shop window for players as well and it’s possible that it might be on their minds come Saturday," McClenahan said.
"They might be worried about injuries and things like that but for us it’s clear. Saturday night is our priority as is making the final and winning it."
PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s Round 1 Finals Series Details
Elimination Semi Final
Saturday 20 August 2016
Lily’s Football Centre
Rockdale City Suns v Bonnyrigg White Eagles 7:00pm
-By Matt Galea