Ahead of the New Zealand Football Women’s Knockout Cup Final on Sunday NFF caught up with Rovers Coach Andy Clay on the possibility of a third Women’s KO Cup victory in four years!
NFF: Firstly, Congrats on making yet another WKOC Final with Glenfield! Are you and the players excited for Sunday’s clash with Eastern Suburbs?
AC: Thanks! Yes we are all absolutely excited! A number of players have played in the final before and love the day. Those who haven’t been there before are excited by the unknown
NFF: With the NRFL season having finished a few weeks ago, how have preparations been going?
AC: We had a great week leading into the semifinal but unfortunately the week leading into the final has clashed with New Zealand Secondary Schools Tournament so I’ve been away coaching Epsom Girls Grammar. A number of our players have been at the tournament too, so this week has been a bit of a right off. We’ve been going well for a couple months now so hopefully that will stand us in good stead ahead of the Final.
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NFF: You have played Suburbs twice this year already in the NRFL, with mixed results. How do you rate your chances?
AC: Yeah we shot ourselves in the foot big time in our first NRFL encounter and they had enough quality to punish us. More recently we drew 2-2 which I think that gives an indication of the closeness if the sides. With the side that I should be able to name on Sunday, I feel confident but certainly not over confident.
NFF: Glenfield have been in the four NZ WKOC finals and winning two of them, will your experience of the big occasion be the key for Sunday?
AC: Having a good number of the side having played in Cup Finals and having with international experience as well, it certainly helps.
NFF: Are there any matchups, any players that you will be looking to draw on their experience on and off the pitch?
AC: I think our midfield of Kate Loye, Liz Savage (née Milne) and our American import of McHale Perkins could be very influential in the game. They’re all very athletic, technical and experienced.
NFF: Lastly – What’s your prediction for the score on Sunday?
AC: I’m not going to predict a score. I could give you a score that I’d like but if we win by half a goal I’ll be happy!
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On behalf of the Federation we would like to wish Glenfield Rovers Good Luck for Sunday. We look forward to seeing the team raise the Trophy!