THE two coaches to have already hung up their whiteboards for the season say the cup is Twin City’s to lose.
St Pats’ Andy Stevens and Wangaratta’s Mario Antonello believe the league title winners have too much depth and talent to be challenged.
Stevens, whose side finished the year with a four-goal second half, for a 4-2 win over the Red Devils is an unabashed fan of Twin City.
“They are head and shoulders above the rest of the competition,” he said.
“We all know that finals football is a different game, but they have so many quality players with a heap of experience to get caught out by that.
“The only ones that are likely to be competitive against them are Boomers and a fully-fit Diamonds.
“Boomers have a solid back four, are well drilled and (Andrew) Grove is unbelievable.”
Antonello believes Albury City could be the dark horse but that was based on English midfielder Aaron Gough being fit.
“It really has been Twin City’s to lose from about round 3,” he said.
“I don’t think anyone can really match their quality across the park.
“But Albury City is quick, energetic and can catch you napping.”