FROM PLAYING TO COACHING, D’APUZZO READY FOR GRAND FINAL CHALLENGE

When the APIA Leichhardt Tigers take to the pitch in their third consecutive National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s Grand Final this Saturday, David D’Apuzzo will unfortunately be resigned to the Bankwest Stadium technical area.

The 30-year-old, who has featured in the last two deciders, suffered a season-ending ACL injury during the Tigers’ Round 5 clash with the Rockdale City Suns back in April.

During his extended lay-off, D’Apuzzo has maintained involvement in the squad by taking up the mantle as an assistant coach.

And despite experiencing a couple of heartbreaks in recent years, the former A-League defender is confident that a new-look APIA side under John Calleja can belatedly break their duck this weekend.