FFA Cup: Hume City’s $14m edge

Hume City coach Lou Acevski says homeground advantage will be key when his men take on fellow Victorian National Premier League side Oakleigh Cannons for a spot in the Semi Finals of the FFA Cup on Tuesday night.

Over the past four seasons the local council has invested heavily in the football club.

At a cost of nearly $14 million the club's facility at Broadmeadows Valley has seen the construction of a brand new stadium, social club, and four changing rooms as well as medical rooms a resurfaced pitch and new lights.

“If I’m being honest, playing on our home ground is slightly an advantage for us because we’re so used to playing on our own turf, but that’s probably the only little advantage that we’ve got,” Acevski said.

“The council have supported us in our ambition to become one of the biggest NPL clubs, if not the biggest club at NPL level in relation to having great facilities, being strong on the field and strong off the field – and having a big junior base as well. It’s great, fantastic to have that working relationship.”

 “Facilities without a doubt help us in our situation. It helps you work on every aspect of the training session and the games to help improve the player’s ability to win games on the weekend. It’s the best facility in Victoria without a doubt.”

Acevski said that the excitement has been permeating throughout the club as the FFA Cup quarter final draws closer.

“It’s the biggest game of the club’s history,” he said.

“It can’t get any bigger than that at this present time and moment. We are just preparing like normal, training like normal. All we can do is try to put everything into place and hopefully it all comes together match day.

“You can feel the excitement around the place from players to coaching staff to board members everybody associated with the club is excited and we are hoping to get a big crowd out there on Tuesday night at ABD stadium and hopefully we are able to get through.”

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(Main Photo - Lou Acevski by Mark Avellino)

Con Stamocostas is an Australian football writer. Click here to see more of his work and check out the latest episode of his A-League Snobcast with co-host Rob Toddler.