TITLE WINNERS: Irymple Knights celebrate their fourth S-League title in five seasons. Pictured are, back row, John Mihaljevic, Jorgi Stamation, Bryce Mihaljevic, Damon Albion, Berat Biyik and Luke Pain. Front row: Chris O’Neill, Chris Romeo and Francis Taperell. Photo: PAUL MENSCH
THE Knights of the round ball game just keep getting it done.
The Irymple Knights Soccer Club added another Football Federation Sunraysia (FFS) S-League title to their trophy cabinet over the weekend with their 31st consecutive win.
Even with four rounds remaining, Irymple have enough of a lead over closest rivals Mildura City to take out the title following their 7-0 win over Mildura United.
The Green Machine has claimed back-to-back titles, making it four in the last five seasons.
Star striker Chris Romeo said the phenomenal winning streak was not something the senior men’s side imagined two years ago.
“If someone had told us we’d win that many in a row we wouldn’t have believed them,” he said.
“Our aim is always to win trophies but to have this winning run has been amazing.
“We’ve worked pretty hard for it though, maintaining and trying to improve our standards.”
Mildura City loomed as Knights’ biggest challengers throughout the season, however a surprise 5-2 loss to Mildura United three weeks ago set them back in their chase.
Sharpshooter Romeo is on track for another Sunraysia Golden Boot, having netted 19 goals this season, five ahead of City striker Brandon Pollifrone on 14.
The Knights skipper said individual accolades were nice, but sharing title glory with your teammates was what it was all about.
“I just try to do my job for the team,” he said. “If I do win the Golden Boot then it’s on the back of the work the boys put in. I wouldn’t be scoring if it wasn’t for them.”
Following the conclusion of the home and away season on August 20, the S-League finals series and Grand Final trophy is up for grabs.
Knights have won the last four Grand Finals and are focussed on making it five on the trot.
“The next couple of weeks we’ll look after ourselves and allow a few injuries to recover,” Romeo said.
“We’ll try a few different things but we still want to keep our winning streak going.”