This Saturday the ‘DIFL FIFA Ultimate Team Pro-AM’ will be held at Norths Club, Cammeray to determine who claims their share of the $5000 cash prize pool. The event that will showcase the country’s best FIFA talent and is open to the public from 12pm. Entry is FREE!
The stand alone, elimination competition is the first of its kind to be ran by an A-League club and has pitted members of the public against the best players in Australia such as: Matthew Camilleri (Central Coast Mariners/StrawHat_Camels) Jamie O'Doherty (Adelaide United/FUTWIZ), David Cook (Perth Glory/HighFly357), Marcus Gomes (Melbourne City/SoccerStar00777) to name a few.
The final held in Sydney this Saturday will have a distinct Yellow and Navy flair with the Mariners’ representative Matthew ‘Strawhat Camels’ Camilleri snaring a decisive win over Beehaa to book his spot in the Xbox One semi-finals.
On Saturday, the final eight will play off across both consoles to see who claims the cash
Mariners FIFA star quietly confident of success
After an opening round bye, and a thorough 14-0 two-legged win over Bronx Nation, Matthew ‘Strawhat Camels’ Camilleri revealed he was taking the same tact and consistency he showed in the E-League, knowing that on his day he can beat anyone in the competition.
“I’m going to take this like the E-League, it’s one step at a time, you know FIFA is FIFA and anything can fall your way,” Camilleri said. “I’ve seen all the other players and I’ve played them all before, so I know what to expect when I come up against them.
“I’m just going to play my game, and I know that I can beat people,” Camilleri said.
Despite his strong start however, Camilleri knows there’s some hefty competition coming up in his bracket.
“You can’t go past Marcus Gomes,” he noted.
“Jaz is very under rated and beats me most of times, he’s really good and I’m happy I’ve managed to so far avoid him in the bracket!”
Regardless of being the sole professional representative in the competition for the Mariners, Camilleri hasn’t felt any extra pressure to perform after an impressive start to his professional FIFA career.
“I know a lot of people in the office, they give me a lot of stick and want me to do well,” he said.
“It’s not much extra pressure under the Mariners banner, and I’ve spoken to Mike Mulvey who’s been happy with what we’ve done since the E-League commenced.
“They’re (the Mariners) are happy with what we’ve done so far so I’m hoping I can keep doing what I’m doing to make them proud.”
It’s not just the Mariners office who are backing him to do well, with Camilleri revealing that the unique Pro-Am competition had impressed the core of the FIFA star’s fans.
“I’ve always got my mates who talk me up,” Camilleri said. “They’re really engaged in this tournament as well and there’s a cash prize, so I think they want me to win it then I can buy them a round at the bar or something!
“They’ll come down and they’ll cheer me on like the E-League finals.”
Camilleri believes that this unique support could prove to be the X-Factor over some of his upcoming DIFL rivals.
“I think they are,” he said. “They keep my head on a pedestal, but they also keep my morale in check so that’s a good thing. “I think my mates having my back is a good thing to have.”