Clubs gear up as FFA draw unveiled

Falcons 2000 will play in the Football Federation of Australia Cup challenge. Pictured is  Daniel Bremner. file photograph

Falcons 2000 will play in the Football Federation of Australia Cup challenge. Pictured is Daniel Bremner. file photograph

The Football Federation of Australia Cup challenge commences for four Gippsland clubs on Saturday, February 17 with the qualifying round.

Falcons 2000, which reached round two last season will be at home to Mount Waverley City Wolves, a State League Five East team.

In other Gippsland-related matches, Drouin (State League 5 South) hosts Heidelberg Eagles (State League Five North) while Monash are home to Melbourne Lions, a Maribyrnong-based team in State League Five West.

Fortuna travels to Brunswick to play Brunswick Zebras (State League Five North).

All matches commence at 2pm.

State League One South East teams Morwell Pegasus and Warragul commence their FFA Cup matches on March 10 in round three.

The two teams will play a practice match on Saturday at Ronald Reserve as part of the Maltese Festival which will also feature Malta versus a rest-of-the-world team.

Hutchinson in USA

Former Morwell Pegasus and Morwell Falcons player John Hutchinson has been appointed head coach with the Seattle Sounders FC2 in Tecoma, Washington USA.

The Sounders are a professional club and compete in the Western Conference of Major League soccer.

Last year he was assistant coach with the Sounders but this season he replaces head coach Ezra Hendrickson who has gone to LA Galaxy.

After leaving Eastern Pride, Hutchinson spent 10 seasons with Central Coast Mariners in the A-League recording a record 268 matches.

He was three times captain of the Mariners, including the 2013 premiership team.

He also played 89 games with Gippsland Falcons/Eastern Pride.

He has also represented Malta 11 times in international matches.

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