Mildura City Soccer Club has its sight set on a three-peat when the football competition resumes this season.
Senior men’s coach Simon Trembath said the senior squad has been very successful over the past few seasons, claiming the premiership in both 2018 and 2019 and that members were looking to continue that into the 2021 Football Federation Sunraysia season.
Trembath has led his team since 2018 and has a long history with soccer in the district, including coaching representative teams.
“Mildura City is a proud club with a rich heritage in the Sunraysia area,” Trembath said.
“The club is due to celebrate 50 years in 2023.
“Family connection is also extremely strong within the club. There are families who have had three generations involved on and off the pitch.”
Trembath said under the presidency of Vince Pollifone the club has flourished and become one of the most successful in recent times.
“All this has begun with a passionate desire to develop our junior players, ensuring we provide them with the best possible coaching and training environments,” Trembath said.
“Our success at junior levels has paid off in our senior men’s and women’s squads, with a large percentage of players in these squads coming through our junior system.”
Trembath said while last year was devastating for all country sports, soccer included, it was fantastic that the junior grades had the opportunity to play part of their season.
“But senior grades played no games at all,” he said.
“This meant that players endured almost six months of training, before the season was finally cancelled.
“However, I think that the events of last year have rejuvenated players’ desire.
“Numbers at training have been some of the best we have seen (at this time of year) and the players are itching to get back to competition.”
Trembath said since returning to pre-season training, the key focus has been on getting players on the ball as much as possible, and working on structures and patterns of play that we know suit our strengths.
“Most importantly it has been about enjoying ourselves again on the soccer pitch.
“After last year, this is something we don’t take for granted.”
The Mildura City outfit will remain very similar to the team that played in 2019, although there have been some younger players move away to university.
The team will fill this void by younger players coming through the ranks, who Trembaths said have already been entrenched in the senior team.
“As with all teams, our goal is to win the league,” Trembath said.
“We know that this year it will be a very competitive season, and the team is hungry after the year off.
“We have been very fortunate over the past few years to add a number of pieces of silverware to the club’s trophy cabinet, and I know this is something the boys are keen to continue to do.”
Mildura City will have their first competitive hit-out on Sunday, when they take on Shepparton in the FFA Cup competition.
“Last time we played in the FFA Cup was 2018 and we lost late in the game, four to three,” assistant coach and player Lukas Pedder said.
“We’re hoping this year we do better and that we can really start our season off on the right foot on Sunday.”