SUTHERLAND Sharks captain Nick Stavroulakis says Sunday’s Waratah Cup final is a chance to underline the club’s claims of being a NSW powerhouse against rank outsiders the Tigers.
The 2013 Waratah Cup decider is all about the romance of the Cup with hot favourites against battling underdogs.
It's a fascinating clash of top versus bottom with current NSW Premier League leaders the Sharks meeting the joint bottom placed Tigers.
It’s a repeat of last season’s finale with the Sharks heavy favourites to lift silverware at Seymour Shaw Park on Sunday 3pm,
“For us, we want to win every match and every piece of silverware that is on offer, there is no doubting that,” Sharks skipper Nick Stavroulakis told au.fourfourtwo.com.
“Yes, I am the captain which is an honour for me, though at the end of the day, each of the boys in this team is a leader, and every single player who takes to the field has a job and each player helps each other to ensure that all jobs are completed successfully.”
New Tigers signings Jason Oswell and Aaron Clapham have settled in well and after having beaten Marconi and Bonnyrigg to get to this final, a shock Cup final win is not out of the question.
Other dangers in the Tigers outfit, coached by former Socceroo, Liverpool and Crystal Palace player Nick Rizzo, are exJets A-League player Franco Parisi as well as Stephen Kayes.
The Sharks will hoping their skipper and former North Queensland Fury midfielder Panni Nikas will be on form as they have for most of this season.
“It is going to be a tricky match against APIA. I have a lot of respect for the players and coaching staff there,” added Stavroulakis.
“Tigers coach Nicky Rizzo in particular has an ability to make tactical adjustments to the team in so many ways and I think the side is now really starting to play well, and to get its season going, after a difficult start.”