With the draw completed and the details set, the FFA Cup’s Round of 32 is almost upon us.
At present, the FFA Cup presents the only opportunity for clubs from outside of the Australian top tier to mix it with A-League sides; presenting an intoxicating clash of styles, culture, and histories as the Australian footballing community experiences the magic of the Cup.
In this preview, dailyfootballshow.com looks at the side of Football Northern Territory that will be competing in this year’s Cup.
Hellenic Athletic Club:
The Northern Territory’s sole representative in the FFA Cup’s Round of 32, Hellenic were the last side to book their place for the national stages, defeating Verdi FC 9-0 on June 23.
48-year-old Helio Carvalho was the star of that game for Hellenic, nailing a hattrick to not only lead his side to progression but also shoot himself top of the individual preliminary goalscoring table with seven.
Hellenic were dominant in their path to the National Stages, earning their meeting with Verdi by defeating Darwin Olympic 4-0, University Azzurri 2-0 and Palmerston Rovers 5-0 in the earlier round of Northern Territory preliminary qualifying.
Formed by members of Darwin’s Greek community in 1958, Hellenic currently compete in the NorZone Premier League, the highest tier in Northern Territory football, where they sit on top of the seven-team table with daylight between themselves and second-placed Darwin Olympic.
Defeating Mindil Aces 9-2 in their most recent regular season fixture, Hellenic will be led into the Round of 32 by long-time manager John Tsaknis, who led the club to NT championships in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
Round of 32 Fixture: vs Western Sydney Wanderers, Darwin Stadium, 7 August, 8:30