Match Preview: Uni seek revenge in season opener

 CONOR DEVLIN ON THE RUN IN THE FFA CUP WIN AGAINST KELMSCOTT - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

CONOR DEVLIN ON THE RUN IN THE FFA CUP WIN AGAINST KELMSCOTT - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

UWA will be looking to start their 2018 State League season in fine fettle this Saturday when they travel to Hilton Reserve to take on Night Series Champions Fremantle City.

It's set to be another hotly contested encounter between the two sides following the pre-season competition Final in March.

Coach Michael Janssen heaped praise on the squad for their tireless work in pre-season and can't wait to begin playing for those all-important three points as the club strive to challenge for the title.

"It was a long pre-season, but we've got plenty of preparation in the legs. The team has all the tools now and is ready because we experienced plenty of different situations throughout our games in the build-up to this Saturday."

"I have got complete trust in the team that we can reach our goals in 2018, but we must bear in mind that no teams in our league give up, you must be focused for the full 90 minutes to deliver a good result."

Skipper Josh Marocchi insists the experience gained over the past three months will hold the lads in great stead for what promises to be a very exciting season for the club.

 CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

"Throwing away points and not understanding how to hold out games in previous years hurt us, but the squad has developed and now is used to being in these positions, which we dealt with superbly in our last two FFA Cup matches."

"I think the key not only on Saturday, but for the season as a whole, is to remain focused over the entirety of the match, as Michael touched upon."

The Fremantle game presents the perfect test, with City set to be another side vying for a promotion place this year, as Janssen stated the pressure is well and truly on the hosts.

"We learned a lot from the NIght Series Final defeat, but they have to win after the last result and they will experience a much different UWA side on Saturday," he said.

"It will be a lively encounter, both sides will be wanting to start the season well and I anticipate a physical battle. I believe it will be closer than the recent Final and we have seen how dangerous City can be, so we go into the match better prepared," Marocchi added.

In team news, Luke Randazzo and Dr. Tim Robertson return to the side after missing the FFA Cup 4th Round win, while Mark Tervisiol has returned to training following a hamstring injury.

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