WODONGA Diamonds are hot favourites to make it a League-Cup double, say the coaches of those teams who missed September action.
And they are equally emphatic the biggest danger lurks in last year’s beaten cup finalist Melrose FC.
The pair played off in a lack-lustre final round of the home-and-away season last weekend, with Diamonds winning 4-2 against a home side missing key players.
Hotspurs coach John Irvine said depth and a quality coach would win Diamonds the Cup.
His charges finished the year with a 4-1 win over an under-manned Wangaratta on Sunday to finish a point outside the cup play-offs.
“Their depth is unparalleled with very strong junior sides and senior teams,” he said.
“Jimmy Bell is a good coach and has the team playing for each other.
“They don’t get frustrated, know their jobs and stick to the task.
“Diamonds have been the stand-out all year and there’s no reason it won’t be the case in the cup.”
Wangaratta and Melrose play in the four versus five final at Willow Park on Sunday, the winner headed to Wangaratta a week later to, probably, play Diamonds.
St Pat’s mentor Andy Stevens said it was hard to find a weakness in the Diamonds line-up.
“Their depth is astounding, many of their reserve grade players would be automatic senior selections at most clubs,” he said.
“If any team can trouble them, I would be looking at Melrose.
“No team can match a fully fit Melrose for pace and it will be better for being beaten in the cup final last year.
“Boomers are another team coming right and could surprise in the first week.”
Wodonga Heart’s Tyson Mason said Diamonds would be too strong because they had “too much quality, too much depth”.