Wanderers’ shot at history

By Jamie Lowe

The Deniliquin Wanderers will have a chance to make history when they travel to Yellow Tail Park on Sunday.

They could become the club's first ever premiership team when they face Yoogali Soccer Club in the Griffith & District Football Association reserve grade grand final.

The thought of a premiership was near unthinkable last year, with the Wanderers spending their 10th year in a row without playing competition soccer.

After finally finding a home in the Griffith & District Football Association the Deni side were keen to make the most of their opportunity.

After suffering a loss in their first game, the Wanderers went on to win seven of their next eight games - also having a draw during this time - to secure the minor premiership.

With their own destiny in their hands, Wanderers playing-coach Josh Perizzolo said the excitement of this opportunity was not lost on the players and supporters.

"There's a fair bit of buzz around the club at the moment," he said.

"A lot of the veteran players in particular are wetting themselves with excitement.

"Even talking to people around town, everyone seems quite excited about it."

The Wanderers will have to turn around recent form to earn premiership glory, having been beaten by YSC the last two times they have played them.

This included a 5-4 qualifying final loss to YSC, where the Wanderers gave their opponent a 4-0 lead before just falling short in a thrilling comeback.

Despite not being able to beat them, Perizzolo said he and his side are quite confident in a win.

"I know it's cliché but we need to treat it like it's any other game," he said.

"We talked about this at half time last week, but the most important thing for us is to do the simple things right.

"We've tried to go beyond the basics recently and it seems to have cost us early in games.

"If we just get the basics right and play to our full potential for a full 90 minutes then I can't see us losing.

"I think last week (against Hanwood) was the first time we had a full strength squad all year and we should be heading in to this weekend with a similar if not the same line-up.

"We played them (YSC) earlier in the season and got out to a 4-0 lead early ourselves, so we know our best is good enough to beat them.

"If we can shut down their strengths and showcase our the game will be ours for the taking."

The Wanderers are hoping for plenty of local support in their decider, with the club organising a bus for players and supporters.

"We have enough room for about 15 to 20 extra people so hopefully we can get a few down there," Perizzolo said.

Cost for the bus is $30 - with an extra $5 entry fee to the grand final.

Eskies are provided for your BYO drinks and the bus will leave from the Exchange Hotel at 8.30am.

To book your spot phone Matt Crothers on 0437 406 330.