By Adam Pearse
Massey’s top Men’s football team have won the 2017 Federation Cup, beating a strong Marist team 2-1.
In a game which came down to the wire, head coach Donald Piper is quick to praise on all those involved.
“It was truly a squad effort on the day. Not just those that took the pitch but the countless others who freely contributed on the cup final day. I would say that our supporters were out 12th man and they deserve as much credit and recognition as the players do, the supporters were unreal.”
Piper says that it was the hunger shown by his players that made the difference on the day.
“Honestly the difference in my mind was we showed more desire on the pitch. You could just tell it meant more to Massey than it did to our opposition.”
He feels that this win, amongst all the others of the season, sends a signal out to the other clubs that Massey is here to compete at the highest level.
“You have to remember both our women’s teams won their respective leagues and our other three men’s teams all were competitive. What I believe the win does for the club is it signals an intent that we are serious, that we are here to be competitive and solidifies a terrific season for the club.”
With a new battle ahead to gain sponsors and more players, Piper lauds the efforts of all those around the club that have made their success possible.
“A special thanks to the Massey Committee for the support and commitment shown this year. Our sincere thanks to Lia and Amy for the photojournalistic efforts throughout the season. Russell for taking up the goalkeeping coach’s challenge and for Jeremy who kept various social media platforms updated.”
“Lastly to all those that supported all our squads, we thank you. Please stand with us next year as we embark another thrilling football season.”