TODAY is the start of a new era for the boys in blue and yellow.
Sebastopol-based Vikings FC will step out for the first time as a state league entity in the second round of the Football Federation Victoria statewide knockout cup.
Vikings host fellow state league five outfit Brimbank Stallions at St Georges’ Reserve this afternoon, and coach Michael Busija and the boys can’t wait.
“We have done a lot of work in the pre-season, we have been going for eight weeks now so the boys are excited to get the competitive stuff started. They’ve had a few games, but there’s nothing quite like competition and a match for a purpose,” Busija said.
“We actually play (Brimbank) in round three. In some regards you think playing a side twice early on is not great, but for us, it gives us a good opportunity to see exactly where we are at. They are one of the sides that would be favoured to win our league.”
Busija said his team would be classed as underdogs this afternoon, but felt confident of returning a result on home soil.
A number of new players will start for the Vikings today, including Luke Terrill and Matt Radojevic, from Vic Park, Matt Jamieson, who returns to the club from a stint with the Ballarat Red Devils and Vinny Contronea, who also signs from the Reds.
Kick-off for the knockout fixture will be at 3pm.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils have been given a free pass into the next round of the competition.
Cairnlea forfeited the match, which was scheduled for today.