History to be made in Cup Final
Port Melbourne first second tier Knockout Cup finalist in 61 years while Thunder aim for historic double.
Port Melbourne Sharks will make Victorian football history on Sunday as they become the first second-tier team to make the State Knockout Cup final since Footscray JUST won the Dockerty Cup while in the Second Division in 1951.
Being the first lower-tier club to make the final in 61 years, Port Melbourne will look to emulate the feats of JUST by defeating Dandenong Thunder this Saturday at 5pm at Lakeside Stadium.
The Thunder, who this week claimed the Victorian Premier League Minor Premiership, will be looking to make some history of their own by achieving their first ever league and cup double.
Both clubs have had strong league seasons with Port Melbourne leading State League One with three matches remaining; looking strong for promotion into the VPL next season.
Port Melbourne had a tough road to the final having to overcome VPL clubs South Melbourne and Green Gully Cavaliers as well as Pascoe Vale, Sunshine George Cross and Yarraville. Dandenong’s path was easier as they defeated Peninsula Strikers, Springvale White Eagles, Altona Magic, Cobram Victory and Heidelberg United.
The State Knockout Cup final will be preceded by the Regional Challenge Trophy at 2:30pm which will be between the two best performing regional clubs; Cobram Victory and Morwell Pegasus.
Entry is $15 for adults, $10 for concession and free for U14’s. Kick-off for the main game is 5pm at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park.