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Grand Final Kings Peninsula Make It A Hat Trick20.09.2015Peninsula Power 1 (Feuerriegel 26’)Lions FC 0HT: 1-0Red Cards: Butler (Lions FC), McNeil (Peninsula).Played at: Lions StadiumReferee: Nathan MacDonald Assistants: Ashley Beecham, Anton Shchtinin.Lions: Zabaks, Butters, Reardon, Jarrard, Tobin, Bonotto, Janovsky, Schiavo, Carlos, Butler, Khan. Subs: Mimaki, Carseldine, Lovell, Aoci, Pillay, Mollee, Murphy.Power: Reesby, Sauer, Holden, McEvoy, McNeil, Roulston, Austin, Napper, Marraiya, Feuerriegel, Cleary. Subs: Walsh, Hornby, Swain, Sawyer, Porter, Kirala.Peninsula Power finished off their incredible run through the semi-finals with an engrossing 1-0 defeat of Lions FC in the Trophy Superstore Premier League Grand FInal at Lions Stadium on Sunday evening. The game went to script for the Northsiders with local hero Shaun Feuerriegel returning from injury and calmly slotting away the only goal of the game in the 26th minute after some quick thinking and an accurate cross from Steven Cleary left Phil Zabaks in no-mans land.Pre-game predictions were for Peninsula to start the game well and for Lions to come back at them in the second half just like they have all season and that’s how it unfolded.Power’s best period was in the first half an hour. They were on top and looked more likely to score even though genuine opportunities were at a premium. The threat of Feuerriegel on the right flank, pulling defenders towards him, created space for the four man midfield to press high and control the game.Possession has been a hallmark of Lions’ game in 2015 but they were only just ahead on statistics and didn’t look threatening until late in the first stanza when they had two clear runs on goal but Jake Reesby saved brilliantly both times.Lions FC's Andrew Butler receives a red card for a second caution.Just before the hour mark, the game took on a completely new perspective when Andrew Butler followed in on a clearance from Reesby and was shown his second yellow card by referee Nathan McDonald. Lions were down a man and a goal in arrears so, of course, they started to play better football than they did with a full complement.With twelve minutes left to play, the numbers were evened up when Scott McNeil also got his second caution and was sent for an early shower. Lions were playing a 3-4-2 and looked good value for an equaliser.Alex Schiavo watched a stinging shot from a set-piece head wide, Kado Aoci just couldn’t get enough purchase on a cross and they sent in a barrage of corners but it wasn’t to be enough and Peninsula emerged as Champions for an incredible third year in a row.As expected of two top teams playing in a massive game there were great performers all around the park. For Lions, Jason Tobin was outstanding, not only in defence but as a wide attacker, particularly when they were short a player.The central midfielders in André Bonotto and Alex Schiavo were involved in everything and can consider themselves unlucky not to have created a definitive ball through for their speedy strikers to run onto, and special mention should be made of a wonderful save from Phil Zabaks in the second half which kept them in the game.Peninsula stepped up to the mark again with Byron Napper and Chris Roulston pulling the strings magnificently from the middle third. They matched their favoured opponents in every challenge and showed they have more pace than they have been given credit for.But best outfield player was Scott McNeil who, before he was sent off, shut down right side service where Lions have been so strong during the season proper.Grand Final day once again was an epic event and it seems the kick off times were perfect. The main game was watched by the biggest crowd of the season, many of who stayed back after their own clubs played earlier in the afternoon.Cody Lovell looks to advance to goal for Lions with Power's Matt Sauer in pursuit.There wasn’t a seat to spare and the noisy input from the two groups of supporters reflected the game as it unravelled. With five minutes to go, you could hear a pin drop such was the intensity of the battle. There were a thousand fingernails bitten down today.The league, cup and Grand Final treble remains an elusive beast and it was appropriate that Miron Bleiberg, the last coach to achieve it a decade ago, was watching from the stands at his old club.If anyone had said Peninsula would beat Mitchelton, Easts and Lions in the finals series when they lost back to back to Capalaba and Ipswich Knights, they would have been laughed down. But they did it, and Top Ten TK becomes #1TK.It was an amazing achievement which is unlikely to be replicated for many years.FBMedia Player Of The Match: #1 Jake Reesby (Peninsula Power)Reesby made two stunning saves and was the difference between the two teams with his un-yielding sweeping behind his defenders. Late in the game under constant pressure from corners he punched away to safety half a dozen times which was just as vital as any of the more spectacular stuff.Report by: Phil Davis FB MediaPhotos: Ian Judd - FB Media
Souths Beat Spirit 3-0 For Grand Final Triumph20.09.2015Souths United 3 (Andrews 29’, Omerovic 48’, Provians 85’)Western Spirit 0 at Lions StadiumHalftime: 1-0Referee: Rebecca Durcau Assistants: Paul Eldridge, Renae CoghillSouths: Vargas, Alexander, Gjura, Skehan, Stratford, Anderson, Young, Dunn, Andrews, Omerovic, Stockwell. Subs: Velasquez-Ortiz, Provians, Dunn, Hodzic, Purnell.Spirit: Fuller, Lucas, Gale, Hancock, Jarrett, Sanfuentes, Livingstone, Hay, Kitching, Dunne, Johnson. Subs: Muir, Arena, Kenyi, Andison, CarrThey were dominant all year and kept it going through to the Grand Final when Souths United added their second trophy with a 3-0 defeat of Western Spirit at Lions Stadium on Saturday afternoon.Souths opened the scoring in the 30th minute when Harun Omerovic shook off a late challenge and squared the ball for Michael Andrews who somehow re-directed it into the net with his upper body.In the 47th minute, the lead was doubled by Omerovic when a clumsy error in the defence allowed him to run into an empty goal.With only six minutes remaining on the clock, Jeff Provians put the issue beyond doubt when he capitalised on a bouncing ball in the area and put his side three goals to the good.There was plenty of attention surrounding a disallowed goal for Souths with the score at 0-0 in the first half which clearly crossed the line (see photo above) but was waved away by the officials. Ultimately it made no difference but it brought both groups of supporters to life.Western Spirit put in a whole-hearted performance and had their best chances in the first half but were unable to create too many opportunities and played largely without possession. Corey Lucas played well at left back which kept their opposition’s right wing in check. Under almost constant pressure, the defence were solid.All around the park Souths United played some quality football with special mention going to Jacob Alexander and Michael Andrews who used their speed to cause serious problems. Structurally they have the capacity to be a real force in Capital League One if they keep their side together.Souths round off the season with all the silverware which wasn’t entirely unexpected. They’ve been the best team all year and if not for a horror injury patch could have even gone through undefeated.It’s been an important year also for the Spirit as they continue to grow. After being fourth for almost the entire season it was an admirable achievement to make it to the very last game and kudos goes to their supporters who turned out in droves for this midday kick off.FBMedia Player Of The Match: Brendan Young (Souths United) Young has been essential for his team all season and his value can’t be over-estimated. No-one got past him all day and he linked well with his midfielders.Report by: Phil Davis FB MediaPhotos: Ian Judd - FB Media
2015: A Season Review19.09.2015Team Of The Year 2015Selecting a team of the year is an impossible task.Do you pick the “best” players? Do you pick the players who were best over the whole season? For that matter, do you pick players who were either injured or suspended for long periods of time?This is the eighth year in a row I’ve chosen my best XI (with special mentions to those who ran close) and every season it ruffles feathers but I’m nothing if not honest.Before moving on dear reader, please take special note... this is MY opinion and has no connection to the Official Football Brisbane Team Of The Year which is selected by the people who genuinely know what they are talking about... the coaches.Lions FC's Shaun Carlos has had a stand out year and recently landed the coveted Brisbane Premier League Men's Gold Medal as well as Goal of the Year award.OK, without further ado, playing in a 4-4-2 with a diamond midfield...Phil ZABAKS (Lions FC) GK: Zabaks is getting better with age and his under-stated presence between the sticks has an impact on the opposition attack. No-one is better in the air than him and he’s the best shot-stopper as well. This season has been his best ever in Brisbane. Special Mention: Tom Carroll (Eastern Suburbs) Carroll is a massive part of the defensive strength at Heath Park and undoubtedly contributed to their recent fine run.Michael BUTTERS (Lions FC) RB: The best right fullback in the league is also the best attacking player on the right flank. Perpetually strapped or undergoing physio, he’s the undisputed master of the one-touch triangle. Special Mention: Daryll GRANT (Rochedale Rovers) Grant has a great touch and the best finish from long range.Michael RYAN (Eastern Suburbs) CB: One of the great skills in football is being able to win more than your 50/50 share of the ball. No-one times a tackle better than Michael Ryan. Always one of the first players selected for team of the year. Special mention: Nathan REARDON (Lions FC) He started as a midfielder but made the central defensive position his own.Matija SIMIC (Lions FC) CB: If any one player could make the transition to A-League from Queensland it’s Simic. He has the pace, the positional strength, the power in the air, the timing in the tackle and the ability to score goals when his team really needs them. Special mention: Matt BOYD (Eastern Suburbs) The other half of the Tigers centre back combo also scored more than his share of goals.Michael McGOWAN (Mitchelton) LB: McGowan is an imposing figure with a pedigree to match. Equally as good up front as he is in his best position of left back, his cultured touch on the ball makes him look as if he has more time than everyone else. That’s because he does. Special Mention: Phil DAVIES (Rochedale Rovers) Davies is lightning fast and makes everything look easy.Drew JESKEY (Mitchelton) CDM: The metronome that never skips a beat, Jeskey is the consummate number six despite generally playing even deeper. His work rate is second to none and combined with an incredible first touch it’s not unusual to see the Chicago-bred star creating opportunities for his strikers. Special Mention: André BONOTTO (Lions FC) The long striding Brazilian distributed the ball immaculately.Alex JANOVSKY (Lions FC) RM Last season Janovsky was close to fulfilling the potential of the year before. This season he did it. His passing is ridiculously accurate and sometimes incisive enough to win games. He’s the hub in Lions’ sensational right flank. Special mention: Byron NAPPER (Peninsula Power) With the ball at this feet, he always seems to make something happen.Stephen GREEN (Logan FC) CAM Before his departure for an NPL QLD club, Green was the real break out player of the season. Logan were on fire whilst he was providing the mechanism to their unusual formation whilst scoring some truly memorable goals. Special Mention: Jared AUSTIN (Peninsula Power) Austin’s versatility is a great asset and he likes to score goals as well.Shaun CARLOS (Lions FC) LM Overcoming a slow start to the season, Carlos became an integral part of the champion side and played his best against the best opposition. It’s the mark of someone who thrives on challenges. Special Mention: Harry NOON (Mitchelton) A tough livewire with plenty of pace, Mitchelton were weaker when he was missing.Kado AOCI (Lions FC) CF: There is no better holding player than Aoci. He’s put under constant pressure every week but still emerges as better than anyone at turning on the ball. No-one in the game is faster over twenty metres. Special Mention: Miche’le LIPARI (Logan FC) His team may have fallen away but it made no difference to his prolific scoring.Shaun FEUERRIEGEL (Peninsula Power) CF At times he looked the best player in the league and won games almost single-handedly. He can play deeper but is best utilised in attack and and his free-kick taking is peerless. Special mention: Shoheel KHAN (Lions FC) Khan missed a fair chunk of the season or he would have been straight into the side. No one is quicker or more dangerous in Brisbane.Coach: Terry KIRKHAM (Peninsula Power) A lot was made of Wolves’ improvement and over-achievement but Kirkham was left with only three players from last year’s trophy-winning side and still went all the way to the Grand Final. How wrong we all were. Everyone at FBMedia tipped them to miss the finals series but they never fell out of the top four all year. Special mention: Warren MOON (Lions FC) He crafted and developed one of the best club sides in Australia.Season Accolades 2015Most Potential: Tommy Jarrard (Lions FC) Seventeen years old, holding out Perth Glory on debut and making the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 16 All Stars team. No-one likes to put excessive pressure on youngsters but on that performance and in every game afterwards, he looks almost the finished product. He could well be a better prospect than James Donachie was. Cool, calm and collected... a natural central defender.Special Mention: Alistair DAVIS (Wolves FC). He would have won this easily if not for Jarrard’s arrival. Right now he’s the best finisher in the league.Comeback of the year: Eastern Suburbs They looked red hot in pre-season but fell apart before finishing second on the back of a thirteen game streak without losing.Special Mention: North Star were heading towards back to back relegations but recovered impressively to finish fourth.My Favourite Place To Be: Ron Proud Field (Acacia Ridge) Maybe it’s my own history seeing as how Ridge were in my junior catchment area or maybe it’s the Leeds United pennants amongst the aging paraphernalia high on the wall but if you want a taste of a different era in Brisbane you can’t go past sitting in the sunshine on a Saturday afternoon at 3pm.Special Mention: Underwood Park (Rochedale Rovers). The bar area at the back of the Grandstand feels like a football facility again. Great view, great atmosphere and no damned guitarists singing along to backing tracks downstairs.Goal Of The Year: TIE Shaun Carlos (Lions FC)/Dallas DACK (Rochedale Rovers)Both finishes were absolutely sensational... so good they can’t be split. I could watch them over and over again (and already have.)CARLOS: The cameras only just caught it’s magnificence but it was insouciant in it’s precision. The turn-touch on the chest and the long legged stroke in off the post from an impossible angle made it one of the best ever seen on FBTV.DACK: The lead-up was precise but it was over-shadowed by a truly stunning finish. In a fraction of a second, Dack controlled first-time then somehow chipped the ball over a tall goalkeeper from an impossible position. In slow motion it’s even better.Save of the Year: Matt Tubbs (Southside Eagles)Certainly a worthy winner. Great saves are less common than great goals but Tubbsy's save was sensational considering he had to switch direction and stretch every sinew in his body to reach it.Special Mention: Junior keepers - it was wonderful seeing the wealth of talent and equally stunning keeping coming through the ranks with the introduction of coverage of the FC11 SYL. It's a promising sign of things to come.Quiet Achiever Award: Albany Creek. Fourteen team leagues in Brisbane have traditionally had a top six for the final series and it’s worth contemplating how ACE would have gone if that was the case this year. They were terrible in pre-season but finished fifth and were in their best form in the last handful of games.Special Mention: Ipswich Knights. They never looked in danger of going down and are proof that development helps in the Club Championship relegation standard.Lightbulb Moment Of The Year: Rain Decides Relegation. It was very late in the season when the switch was flicked, round nineteen in fact. The early games between Rochedale Rovers and Wolves FC were washed out meaning a relegation spot would be decided by the lower grades for the second year in a row.Special Mention: Logan Are Gone. Logan failed to beat Wolves and Taringa back to back in Rounds 12/13 and their early season title threat was ended.Upset Of The Year: TIE - Jimboomba United 1 Toowong 0 (Round Thirteen CL3) / Capalaba 2 Virginia Utd 4 (Canale Travel Cup / Westfield FFA Cup QR3).It was a huge mis-match and looked like guaranteed points in the bag when first-placed Toowong made the journey out to Kurrajong Park to play second last Jimboomba, but a goal from James Leck threw a spanner into the works. Five points dropped for the season against Jimboomba cost Toowong promotion.It was also now surprise that Virginia's achievement came joint top. A remarkable away victory for the Capital League 3 side epitomizes cup football with them stunning the Bulldogs at the Kennel and dumping out the Trophy Superstore Premier League outfit. They faced another top side in Taringa Rovers in the following round but were unable to repeat the feat.Special Mention: Moggill FC 4 Logan FC 2 (Westfield FFA Cup QR3) Moggill hadn’t been great and were expected to be overwhelmed by Logan but three second half goals sent a highly-rated Trophy Superstore Premier League team tumbling out at the first hurdle.Non-Football Brisbane Moment Of The Year: Hume City 4 Brisbane Strikers 3 (Westfield FFA Cup Round Of 32.) We weren’t to know at the time just how good a side Hume City are, but the Strikers played an admirable style of football. Forget the thrilling game, the standard of play was more important.Special Mention: John Kosmina Signs At City. It came out of the blue and just for a second everyone thought they may have heard it wrong. But they didn’t...all eyes will be on Spencer Park next season.Best Game I Was At Live: Croydon Kings 1 v Lions FC 2 (Westfield FFA Cup) It was a special moment, one that consolidated all the effort put in by every member of our fabulous Brisbane football community. Some things never change, we are still regarded as a footballing backwater by the Southern States, but we proved a point that day. All club loyalties were put aside as everyone tuned in to Fox Sports to follow our Trophy Superstore Premier League leaders and they delivered. Man, did they deliver. They were brilliant.Special Mention: Toowong 0 Acacia Ridge 1 (CL3 Round Twenty-One) With promotion and the title on the line, the atmosphere was electric at Dunmore Park. And it was obvious on the field as both teams put everything into the contest. Extraordinary to think this was fourth tier football. It was much better than that.Media Moment Of The Year: Rafe Griffin Commentates On Fox Sports. He is going to kill me when he reads this but here at FBMedia it’s been a fabulous learning period over the last three years and one of our boys, apparently, is quite good at sitting down and talking about football. Developed by us, of course!Special Mention: Shoheel KHAN gets interviewed on Fox Sports News. Watching Khan on 52” Ultra High Def in my own lounge room was as surreal as it gets. He did a great job!Thanks to all my friends, you know who you are... Merry Xmas, see you in the New Year.by Phil Davis (FBMedia)
Dominant Hawks Take Grand Final20.09.2015Holland Park Hawks 3 (McNab 38’, Madle 53’ 78’)North Pine United 0at Lions StadiumHalftime: 1-0Referee: Jason Crow Assistants: Andrew Lindsay, Alex KingHawks: Radovanovic, Cave, Waldron, Boyle, Rasmussen, Abbey, Smith, Le Petit, McPherson, Madle, McNab. Subs: Cabassi, Turay, Baird, Stout, Peleaz, JacksonPine: Bowtell-Harris, Budd, Keslake, Melville, Kelly, Heath, Lincoln, Heaney, Masters, Fairgrieve, Brindell-South. Subs: Culleton, Christiansen, Hunter, Holding, Smith, Scott.Holland Park Hawks topped off their season with a dominant 3-0 victory when they beat North Pine United in the Capital League One Grand Final at Lions Stadium on Sunday afternoon.Matt McNab has been hitting the target for fun all year so it was no surprise when he scored the first goal with a raking long distance strike (see celebration photo below)After the break, the result was put beyond doubt by a Marek Madle double, the first a confident finish after finding plenty of space and the second an easy knock in from close range.Hawks were great value for their win, despite missing four first-teamers through injury and suspension and handing a debut to Billy McPherson who filled in admirably in the right midfield role.North Pine had their chances late in the first half but were unable to test Marko Radovanovic despite getting into some dangerous areas. As expected, they were solid defensively but had trouble getting forward on the big pitch.There is plenty of interest surrounding both teams of course, as they plan to play in next year’s Trophy Superstore Premier League and Hawks will be happier with their current standing on the strength of today’s win. They have plenty of players in the squad who will adapt immediately to the faster play and higher demands.All around the park Souths United played some quality football with special mention going to Jacob Alexander and Michael Andrews who used their speed to cause serious problems. Structurally they have the capacity to be a real force in Capital League One if they keep their side together.Ultimately, it would have been nicer if the contest was closer and who knows what would have happened if they had converted a chance. Holland Park were deserved winners and can celebrate accordingly.FBMedia Player Of The Match: Marek Madle (Holland Park Hawks) Two goals and an assist is almost enough to guarantee the award but Madle was also the most dangerous player on the park. When they went forward, everything went through him.
Grand Finals Preview17.09.2015It’s a particularly Australian, culturally significant, sporting tradition.It’s the day when family and friends make a once a year trek out to the ground.It’s Grand Final day, and this weekend ten teams will take to the field knowing there can only be one winner.Best of luck goes out to all of them...Trophy Superstore Premier LeagueLions FC vs Peninsula Power Sunday 5pm Lions StadiumLions have two trophies stashed away and are aiming for a third this weekend. They’ve been the best side all year and showed just how resilient they are with a brilliant come from behind victory in the qualifying final.All of that adds up to solid favouritism and even the loss of Matija Simic for this game should be irrelevant considering the form of Tommy Jarrard at centre back.It’s already on record how much talent they have through the squad and being at home will help them because the open spaces and excellent surface suits their play.Peninsula are on an adrenaline charged ride with thrilling late wins in both the qualifying and preliminary final. Have they timed their run perfectly?Shaun Feuerriegel is their talisman although he has been struggling with a hamstring injury allowing Steven Cleary to step up to the plate, scoring three times in two games.There are plenty of similarities between Lions Stadium and AJ Kelly Field so they won’t feel out of place at the Grand Final venue.At first glance, for all sorts of reasons, you can’t go past Lions but Power are in the zone at the moment. Of course that kind of form can’t last forever. They’ve been under-rated all season and a look at last season’s Grand Final when they pulled off a big upset over Wolves FC suggests this could be their big moment. Prediction: Peninsula 2-0Capital League 1Holland Park Hawks vs North Pine United Sunday 2:30pm Lions StadiumHolland Park Hawks are clear favourites to win this game even though they only managed to beat North Pine on penalties in the previous game. It’s deceiving because they were reduced to ten players by Marvin Brattan’s red card which obviously has an impact.When talented players like Dan Smith and Daniel Abbey click, Hawks can easily run away with a big winning scoreline. Numerous times this year, they’ve done exactly that.But they can’t be over-confident and they’ll have to watch their discipline. A red card could tip the balance against them.North Pine have plenty to prove as they plan for next season in the Trophy Superstore Premier League and a good performance in the Grand Final could help as they look ahead to a talented squad for 2016.The Gorillas have plenty of talent including Wayne Heath and Jake Keslake who are the defensive keys to keeping their side in the contest.In the Preliminary final they were forced to come from behind to beat North Star which is unlikely to happen against HPH so they really need to score the first goal.A win each in the regular season and a 1-1 draw in the final series sets this game up nicely. Whichever team turns up ready to play on the day will have a slight advantage. It will be tight but should still have goals in it. Prediction 2-2 Draw (HPH win in extra time.) Capital League 2South United vs Western Spirit Sunday 12pm Lions StadiumSouths United have repeatedly proven they are a step ahead of their competitors in Capital League Two and could easily have won more convincingly than 4-0 in their qualifying final win over Centenary.And it’s not hard to see why. They have former top-flight players throughout the team and genuine goalscorers including Josh Anderson, Harun Omerovic and Michael Andrews.This is the big one for them. They haven’t played in a Grand Final for ten years and will want to make the last day of the season truly memorable.Western Spirit made it the hard way, sneaking into third having been fourth for ages before defeating Oxley United and Centenary Stormers in the finals.Jay Johnson is far and away the top scorer with fourteen strikes so he’ll be their danger man. They’ll need to score at least twice to win you would imagine.Ultimately, how they defend will define their Grand Final. Souths will attack repeatedly and one slip up could lead to an avalanche.Nothing is ever certain in football but there is a gulf between Souths and everyone else. Spirit will be competitive for long periods but at some point will be overwhelmed. Having honed their skills on the tight artificial pitch at Wakerley park they will revel in the open spaces. A great season will end with a great finish. Prediction: Souths 3-0Capital League 3New Farm United vs Toowong Saturday 3pm Elder OvalNew Farm got to the Grand Final on a technicality but it’s easy to forget they pushed Acacia Ridge all the way to penalties and could easily have won under their own steam.They lost both times to Toowong in the regular season but were competitive and produced their best result against Acacia Ridge.On form they can beat anyone and this is a special moment for a club with a short history but a huge heritage so they’ll be up for it.Toowong took revenge for missing out on promotion by beating Acacia Ridge in an enthralling Preliminary Final and stand poised to pick up the silverware they probably deserve.They only conceded twenty goals during the regular season and will have a significant advantage in defence but converting limited opportunities in front of goal will be the key.Toowong will be more disappointed if they lose this game because they have the manpower provided the occasion doesn’t get to them.Very difficult to pick a winner between two evenly matched teams but Toowong will be favourites despite finishing last in the tightest top three in Brisbane. It wouldn’t surprise too much if New Farm win but Toowong will still be favourites. Prediction: Toowong 2-1Capital League 4Mooroondu vs Bardon Latrobe Saturday 5pm William Taylor Sports FieldMooroondu are promoted and looking for growth in the highly competitive Bayside region but have plenty of potential both on and off the field.Two wins over Bardon in the last two outings is a sign they are tactically able to win this game. It’s a very important psychological advantage.Bardon had back to back losses before their 5-3 win over Greenbank last weekend so they’ll be relieved to have made it to the big game.With a bit of luck they would have won their last regular season encounter against Mooroondu and have more talented players through their team than their opponents.It’s been an engrossing ride following this league and the best two teams deservedly play each other for the Champions Trophy. Things haven’t quite gone their way of late and that will change for Latrobe this weekend. Prediction: Bardon Latrobe 2-0By Phil Davis (FBMedia)
Finals Series Weekend Round-up14.09.2015When Peninsula Power lost to Ipswich Knights a month ago it looked as if their gutsy campaign had petered out, but it was all just a smokescreen and they will play in the Grand Final after beating Eastern Suburbs 2-1 at Heath Park on Saturday evening.Steven Cleary scored again, this time getting on to a Chris Roulston cross in the eleventh minute, but Alex Barnett brought the Tigers back into the game twenty-three minutes later with an excellent strike from thirty yards.Last week it was Cleary with late dramatics, this week it was Trent McEvoy’s turn to light up the travelling supporters with a headed goal in the 96th minute.Easts will be gutted to lose so spectacularly having been two goals to the good the week before against Lions. They bow out after a great second half to the year but once again it is a case of not quite achieving their objective.Momentum is an indefinable thing and Terry Kirkham’s side have it in spades. A Lions victory in the biggest game of the season is much less of a sure thing because of it.In Capital League One, North Pine United are also heading to Lions Stadium next weekend after they pulled off a heart-stopping 3-2 victory over North Star at Bob Brock Park on Saturday evening.A Sam Heaney goal sent Pine into halftime at 1-0 up which accurately reflected their slight dominance. A short time into the second half, Chris Knox rose high at a corner and powered home an equaliser for Star before Brad Thompson ran into the space on the left and scored with a clinical strike.Jay Brindell-South brought the two teams level again with a close range tap-in and Wayne Heath put the icing on the cake with a monster of a goals from outside of the penalty box.North Star will have to satisfy themselves with a solid season considering they were in a relegation battle for a while and no-one will write off the Gorillas against Holland Park Hawks.The biggest surprise result of the weekend came on Friday night at Atthows Park when Centenary Stormersbowed out with a 2-1 loss to Western Spirit.The Stormers seemed to lose form at exactly the wrong time of the year and were only able to find a single goal from Jason Le despite having a plethora of target men in the team.Regular scorer Jay Johnson scored his fourteenth goal of 2015 and the goal which proved to be the winner came from the boot of Joel Hancock who hit the target for only the third time this year.They’ll have to be at their best to beat red-hot Souths United at Lions Stadium next weekend but this is football and nothing is ever certain.Acacia Ridge paid the ultimate price for their untimely error last weekend when they were beaten 2-1 byToowong at Ron Proud Field on Saturday afternoon.Two goals in seven minutes midway through the second half from Pedro Gondim and Robert Tewksbury tipped the balance and despite some nervous moments after Juan Jaimes scored for Ridge in the 88th minute nothing was going to stop them gaining some redemption for missing promotion.Not too many people would have predicted New Farm United and Toowong to play off in the last game of the year but it’s shaping up to be one of the best through all the grades.Bardon Latrobe remain the third team capable of winning a league and cup double when they defeatedGreenbank in a high scoring 5-3 result at Bowman Park.The result was put beyond doubt comprehensively and quickly with four first half goals from Latrobe who will be relieved to be through considering the impressive post-season form of their opponents.Mooroondu won the last two games against Bardon, so the Grand Final is anything but a foregone conclusion.Grand Final times, dates and venues:Saturday, William Taylor Sports Field, Mooroondu Road, Thorneside.5pm - CL4 Mooroondu vs Bardon LatrobeSaturday, Elder Oval, Cnr Ridge Street and Barnsdale Place, Greenslopes.5pm - CL3 New Farm United vs ToowongSunday, Lions Stadium, Pine Road, Richlands.12pm - CL2 Souths United vs Western Spirit2:30pm - CL1 Holland Park Hawks vs North Pine United5pm - TTSPL Lions FC vs Peninsula Powerby Phil Davis (FBMedia)
Tigers Rue Missed Opportunity As Power Snatch Victory12.09.2015Eastern Suburbs 1 (Barnett 34')Peninsula Power 2 (Cleary 11'; T McEvoy 90+6')HT 1-1Played at: Heath ParkReferee: Paul EldridgeEastern Suburbs: Carroll (gk), Amano, Barnett, Boyd, Close, Cunha, Edwards, Lancaster, Psaros,Ryan, Stenhouse. Subs: McIlwain (rgk), Coyne, McMullen, Fisher.Peninsula Power: Reesby (gk), Cleary, Marraiya, Maticic, McEvoy T, Napper, Porter, Hornby, Roulston, Sauer. Subs: Austin, Bwidengo, Walsh, Feuerriegel, Kirala(rgk).A dramatic injury time winner sent ten man Peninsula Power through to their third consecutive grand final when Trent McEvoy headed home deep in added time to stun Easts.Power's Jonathan Marriya and Easts Michael Ryan battle for the ball.The hosts went close to taking an early lead when Ramone Close saw his effort from the edge of the box tipped onto the post by Power stopper Jake Ressby and fortuitously the ball rebounded back to the keeper which proved to an early sign of how this match would pan out, as shortly after the 10 minute mark the visitors were in front.Chris Roulston played in a low cross from near the goal line. Power striker Matt Hornby, starting in place of Jared Austin who picked up a knock prior to kick-off, was unable to get a touch but distracted the Easts defence who allowed the ball to work it's way through for Steven Cleary to slide the ball home from 6 yards out.The game settled into an even tussle before the hosts levelled shortly after the half hour through an individual wonder goal. Alex Barnett, playing out on the left wing, had room to measure up a strike from 30 yards out which glided beyond Reesby and into the back of the net to restore parity.Power were forced into making a change shortly before the break when Mitch Walsh replaced Jack Porter as the sides entered the break locked at 1-1.The second term saw Easts come out the stronger and just a minute after the restart they were again denied by Reesby when Close flicked a near post cross towards goal only for Reesby to block well.Just a moment later and Close should have put his side ahead. Jarod Lancaster delivering a pin point cross into the box which was met by Close's head, but his effort narrowly flew over when he ought to have perhaps found the target.Jarod Lancaster with a chance for Easts.Reesby was again called into action when he did superbly to block Lancaster who was 1 on 1 with the Power keeper and looked certain to score just before the hour mark.Easts were dominating the contest at this point, with it looking as a matter of time before they'd take the lead, but Power were holding on and you could sense they could produce another upset as they did a week earlier at Mitchelton.Their cause wasn't helped though as they were reduced to 10 men on 90 minutes with extra time looming. Christopher Maticic picking up a second yellow card after tripping Justin McMullen just outside the box after the Easts midfield had skipped past him. It was an easy decision for referee Paul Eldridge who had refereed the game well.Fatigue begun to set in. Byron Napper, having only recently returned from injury last week, went down with severe cramp as the game was delayed for him to be treated before being replaced by Yusufu Bwisengo.With added time reaching 5 minutes, Power won a throw midway in Easts half. The ball was whipped in towards the far post where Trent McEvoy had advanced, his header powered downward and evading everyone before hitting the back of the net to stun the Heath Park faithful and snatch victory for coach Terry Kirkham's side who, just a few weeks ago, looked highly unlikely to make it to this stage.It was a tough way for Easts' season to end having last week, seen a 2-0 lead evaporate against Lions FC and who looked the better side in this encounter. But they will rue the missed chances in the second half.Power can be indebted to custodian Reesby. His performance proving the difference between the two sides. On another day Easts could have comfortably won but not when the Power keeper has the sort of game he did in this one. But their trophy cabinet will remain bare with just the title of Trophy Superstore Premier League runners-up on the record books for 2015.Power Coach Terry Kirkam will undoubtedly be wearing his new suit again next week in the Grand Final. It's proved to be a lucky charm both last week against Mitchelton and in this clash with his side snatching finals victories deep in added time and based on that, you couldn't rule them out of perhaps upsetting favourites Lions FC next Sunday. After all, they've won the previous two Grand Finals against the season's Premiers, scoring 5 goals on each occasion. They will though be without Maticic who'll be suspended and it may look unlikely they can repeat that feat, but... football's a funny old game.FB Media Player of the Match: #1 Jake Reesby - Peninsula PowerOn his day he's one of the best keepers in the state and today was his day. Could do little with the Easts' wonder strike but blocked everything that came his way in the second term which ultimately proved to be a match winning performance.FB Media Match Stats.Corners: 5 - 6Off-sides: 7 - 3Yellow Cards: 0 - 3Red Cards: 0 - 1Photos and report by: Ian Judd - FB Media
Come From Behind Win Sees Lions Reach Grand Final06.09.2015Lions FC 3 (Aoci 61’, Morgan 71’, Carlos 81’)Eastern Suburbs 2 (Close 2’, Amano 49’)HT: 1-0Played at: Lions StadiumReferee: Matthew Skinner Assistants: Jason Crow / Isidro Terol CrespoLions: Zabaks, Butters, Reardon, Jarrard, Tobin, Bonotto, Janovsky, Carlos, Schiavo, Butler, Khan. Subs: Aoci, Mimaki, Morgan, Lovell, MurphyEasts: Carroll, Burgess, Boyd, Ryan, Edwards, Cunha, Stenhouse, Lancaster, Amano, Psaros, Close. Subs: Coyne, McMullen, Barnett, McIlwainIt’s been a long time since Eastern Suburbs have lost and it took something special from Lions FC to end that unbeaten run with a classic 3-2 victory at Lions Stadium on Sunday afternoon.This match was always going to be hotly contested and the Tigers looked to be on track when they scored early through Ramone Close who collected an excellent through ball and left-footed his shot across the face of Phil Zabaks.The second goal arrived four minutes after the break when Toru Amano was last man on the end of a counter attack and despite having his initial attempt blocked by a great sliding tackle, but was the recipient of some good fortune as the ball rebounded into his path. He couldn’t miss and didn’t.But Lions didn’t win the title by dropping their heads when they are behind and they gave themselves a lifeline when Jason Tobin crossed for Kado Aoci who brought the ball under control and casually slotted into the bottom corner of the net.Ten minutes later the teams were back on even terms. Tim Morgan was fresh off the bench and when Easts were unable to effectively clear their lines he pounced onto a volley and crashed home through a crowded penalty area.It seemed inevitable a winning goal would be scored and the Tigers had some great opportunities but it was Shaun Carlos who sent his team through to the Grand Final in the 81st minute with a bustling and determined charge into the area finished with a rocket shot which flew in spectacularly off the underside of the crossbar.The Trophy Superstore Premier League has seen some thrilling games in 2015 and this was another to add to the list. It was obvious from the outset that Easts were up for the game as they went into challenges with gusto and attacked at every opportunity. Ryan Stenhouse had one of his best games, leaving his mark with some tough tackling on Michael Butters and Andre Bonotto.The match changed at halftime and it wasn’t a team talk that had an impact. Kado Aoci has been carrying a niggling injury and was rested initially but once he came into the game, they looked more dangerous. With Bonotto off the field, Alex Schiavo was able to play exclusively at the top of the midfield diamond and he had a huge impact when on the ball, particularly in the last half an hour.As expected for a game between the two top teams in Brisbane, there were quality performers everywhere on the park. Easts’ two scorers, Close and Amano, could have added more to their tally with luck on their side and caused plenty of problems. Jarod Lancaster has had a real break-out season and was also dangerous in possession.It’s been a long year for Lions and some of their best players were a little subdued but Shoheel Khan created plenty of havoc in the first half and Tobin's play was effective coming from defence to attack in the left back role. it’s worth mentioning that both goalkeepers, Zabaks and Carroll, pulled off a spectacular save each, at a time when a goal could easily have turned the game.It sounds obvious but at 2-0 the game was the Tigers to lose and a result like this could have a mental impact on them before next weekend’s do or die match against Peninsula at Heath Park. But it’s unlikely because they have more than enough ability to win the next two games.It will be small consolation to Easts but they played their part in a thrilling and memorable game of football.FBMedia Player Of The Match: Alex SCHIAVO (Lions FC)Schiavo had heaps of possession in the second half and found the key which unlocked the quality Tigers defence. It was his best performance in the orange and blue.by Phil Davis (FBMedia)
Trophy Superstore Club Championship30.08.2015Points table as at 31/8/15.*Points may not reflect matches that have been rescheduled for one or more teams from a Club in a given fixture round.As these matches are played, the points will be added to the table at the next weekly update.The points system explained:3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and a loss is 0 points. Then....The Premier team result is multiplied by 5The Reserves team result is multiplied by 3The U18 team result is multiplied by 2The U16 team results is multiplied by 1The total for a club is the sum of those figures each round.Example:Club ‘A’ has all wins for a fixture round. Therefore they get 3 x 5 + 3 x 3 + 3 x 2 + 3 x 1 = 33 pointsClub ‘B’ has a win in the Premier team a loss in the Reserves and the U18s and a win in the U16s. Therefore they get 3 x 5 + 0 x 3 + 0 x 2 + 3 x 1 = 18 points
Lions Win Cup And Complete Rare Double31.08.2015Lions FC 5 (Butters 1’, Khan 54’p, 62’p; Lovell 84’, 94’)Pine Rivers United 2 (West 28’p, 74’)HT: 1-1Played at: Jack Speare ParkReferee: Paul Eldridge Asst. Referees: Andrew Lindsay / John Vasiliadis 4th Official: Scott RussellLions FC: Zabaks (gk), Brindell-South, Reardon, Jarrard, Tobin, Schiavo, Janovsky, Carlos, Butters, Khan, Butler. Subs: Lovell, Bonotto, Mimaki, Hammad, Murphy (rgk).Pine Rivers: Reed (gk), Cannon, Stuckey, James, Roy, Freestone, Hagell, Waddell, Condon, West, Mitchell. Subs: McDougall, Gibbens, Smith.The Cup and League double has been rare over recent years but Lions FC wrote their name on another trophy when they defeated Pine Rivers United in the Canale Travel Cup final at Jack Speare Park on Sunday afternoon.It took just forty seconds for Lions to open the scoring through Michael Butters who followed in on a bouncing ball and toe-poked underneath the onrushing Troy Reed in goal.Alex Schiavo heads towards goal for Lions.Three shots on target were a threatening sign but against the run of play Shaun Carlos was pinged for handball and Sam West tucked away the resulting penalty allowing Rivers to go into the halftime break with a competitive 1-1 scoreline.Early in the second half referee Paul Eldridge awarded two more penalties, both to Lions. The first was a touch and go handball decision and the second was a clear foul on Shoheel Khan which saw Matt James dismissed for a second bookable offence.The in-form striker despatched both chances with ease and it seemed game over until West had a long range effort which bounced wickedly off Carlos, sending Phil Zabaks the wrong way and just squeezing inside the post.But it was all rendered irrelevant when Cody Lovell came off the bench and scored twice, the second being a special finish in injury time, and ensured the Richlands team were winners when the final whistle blew.Pine Rivers went into the game expecting to perform better than they did the first time this teams met at Richlands in Westfield FFA Cup qualifying but in truth neither side played as well as they did that day. Defence was always going to be the order of the day for the Capital League One underdogs and they were committed to the task at hand with plenty of tough tackling and commitment around the ball.It’s difficult to plan tactically when going behind 1-0 in the first minute to anyone, let alone Queensland’s top team, but Luke Condon did his best to repel the left sided attackers and push his team forward. Best for them though was Reed who pulled off three excellent saves in the first halfNot unexpectedly after playing 120 minutes against A-League opposition, Lions re-jigged their line-up but still had a quality side on the park. Andrew Butler returned to the starting side at the expense of Andre Bonotto and sixteen year old Tommy Jarrard played another full ninety minutes alongside Nathan Reardon. Notably absent was Kado Aoci who looked to being carrying an injury against Perth Glory.In the final wash-up, Lions did dominate the contest and could easily have won by more. The bouncy surface saw more passes go astray than would be considered normal but they still held possession for long periods and looked dangerous building up around a congested penalty area.They are now only two games away from winning the treble, which hasn’t been done since Warren Moon was a youngster at Richlands under the tutelage of Miron Bleiberg, so it will be a fantastic achievement if they can get there but they have the small matter of an in-form Tigers to play next Sunday.Pine Rivers can be justifiably proud of making the final because very few players get the opportunity during their careers so the runners-up medals are worthy prizes for worthy competitors.As an added bonus, can there be any better hit-out leading into their own elimination clash against North Star at Wendy Allison Park next Saturday? Momentum will surely be on their side after playing such a high-tempo, intense match as they aim to be in, and win, their second Grand Final in four years.FBMedia Player Of The Match: #19 Shoheel Khan (Lions FC). Pictured above tussling with Rivers' Nick Stuckey.Khan is dangerous whenever he plays and he created havoc going at defenders once again. Unusually, he had limited chances to fire in a shot but was heavily involved in everything else.by Phil Davis (FBMedia)
Lions Cup Dream Ended By Glory Late Strike26.08.2015Lions FC 0Perth Glory 1 (Harold 116’)AETHT 0-0FT 0-0Played at: Perry ParkReferee: Peter Green Assistant Referees: Anton Shchetinin / James SherryLions: Zabaks (gk), Butters, Reardon, Jarrard, Brindell-South, Bonotto, Janovsky, Carlos, Schiavo, Aoci, Khan. Subs: Butler, Lovell, Tobin, Mollee, Murphy (rgk).Perth: Tyson (gk), Risdon, Djulbic, Golec, Warren, Harold, Thwaite, Sandor, Garcia, Marinkovic, Sciola Moraes. Subs: Ferreira, Gligor, Oxborrow, Valentini, Feely (rgk).Lions FC gave everything they had and could easily have gone through to the next round of the Westfield FFA Cup but succumbed to a Chris Harold goal in the 116th minute of their Round of 16 clash against Perth Glory at Perry Park on Wednesday evening.Harold was in the right place at the right time to drive home a rebound after Phil Zabaks had made a brilliant low down save.But it was a series of incidents in the seventh minute which set up the game up to be a nail biter. Perth turned the ball over straight to Kado Aoci and he played a great ball through to Shoheel Khan. Khan rounded Jerrad Tyson and was brought down inside the box when poised to shoot.André Bonotto with the penalty that was saved by Glory keeper Feely.Referee Peter Green awarded the penalty and dismissed the Queensland bred keeper but André Bonotto was unable to repeat his excellent spot-kick in the last round at Croydon Kings as replacement keeper Nicholas Feely pushed the ball around the post.A massive and vocal crowd of 2550 willed the home team to victory but it wasn’t to be enough. In the first half, Lions played too deep against ten players and paid the price with the Glory controlling the contest.After the break, they went back to their pressing game and started to open up their A-League opposition. Michael Butters and Andrew Butler had great opportunities to score but both players hit their shots straight at the keeper.It wasn’t all one way traffic though. Glory had two excellent chances cleared off the line and Harold hit the crossbar with a boomer of a right footed shot in the first period of extra time.Lions went into the game missing Matija Simic who has been their defensive rock all season but he wasn’t missed as Nathan Reardon and sixteen year old Tommy Jarrard combined fantastically in the middle of the back four.Lions FC's Shoheel Khan shows a turn of pace to evade Glory's Antony Golec.Further to their issues, Kado Aoci was struggling with a knee injury and lacked the cutting edge he provides to the team. His strike partner, Shoheel Khan, was dangerous all night and proved he can cause problems against teams at any level.Perth attacked down the right hand side continually in the first half, trying to utilise the speed of Harold but Josh Brindell-South never gave him an inch. His tackling, honed at Wellington Phoenix, was first class.If any one factor defined the victory for Perth it was their passing accuracy, particularly over long distance. Their ability to hit players with sweeping balls forced Lions to chase for long periods and it took it’s toll with the game going into injury time. Professional football provides an extra level of fitness and it was no surprise that the game was decided as Lions started to tire.Once again, each and every player can be proud of their performance. There wasn’t a bad performer and everyone gave 100% for the duration.Perth move into the quarter finals and keep their pre-season nice and competitive. They’ll be relieved to get away with the victory because it could easily have gone the other way.Lions return to local action with the Canale Cup final this Sunday at Jack Speare Park. It remains to be seen whether they can lift themselves after an enthralling contest like tonight. Certainly Pine Rivers United will he hoping they aren’t as good as the last time they met.FBMedia Player Of The Match: #12 Shaun Carlos (Lions FC) - pictured above.The energetic midfielder ran himself ragged and was still burning across the ground whilst others were wilting around him. He was creative on the ball, never overawed and looked like he was thoroughly enjoying himself.By Phil Davis (FBMedia)
Trophy Superstore Premier League Season Round-up27.08.2015The season is wrapped up and before you know it we’ll be sitting back waiting for it all to start again.With a one week break for the Canale Travel Cup final before heading into the finals series a lot of teams are already in off-season mode so it’s time to take a look back at what transpired over another terrific season of Trophy Superstore Premier League.Overall Golden Boot: 19: Alistair DAVIS (Wolves FC)17: Miche’le LIPARI (Logan FC)15: Kado AOCI (Lions FC)Lions FC were predicted to win the title, and did, but despite the big margin at the end it wasn’t as easy as many thought it would be.Creating a new side basically from scratch takes a little time, and it took at least 3-4 weeks before they really started to gel but once they got going they dominated just about everyone with a possession-based tactical style and good old-fashioned talent.Over the course of the season they were they best team. They fully deserved to win the title and also progressed impressively to both the Canale Travel Cup final and The Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32.Lions were the definition of a team so singling out players is almost an impossible task but Matija Simic was superb. There is no better defensive player in the league and his forced partnering with Nathan Reardon after the departure of Ryan Love worked spectacularly.Kado Aoci proved he his goalscoring ability yet again and he benefitted greatly from service down the right from Alex Janovsky and the mercurial but perpetually injured Michael Butters. They were strong in every position including the bench and had plenty more developing talent including Danyon Mollee and Tim Morgan making the most of their opportunities.Warren Moon set out to craft a team to his liking and once again he was supremely successful. There is a mood of recovery at Richlands and a feeling that the supporters are coming back to one of Brisbane’s most famous, historical and successful clubs.Golden Boot:15: Kado AOCI, 8: Andre BONOTTO, 7: Alex JANOVSKYEastern Suburbs had a season which will live long in the memory of all Trophy Superstore Premier League followers having started terribly despite an excellent pre-season and finding themselves only ahead of UQFC on the table after nine rounds.But they never lost another game, only conceding a draw against Logan and ended up finishing second, four points clear of third. It’s worth noting that they lost four games by a single goal and conceded two costly points to UQFC.When the Tigers found their mojo, Ramone Close started scoring which was important. They have always had a great core when Michael Ryan and Matt Boyd are fit and having a in form striker was a bonus.Two youngsters which really caught the eye were Carter Glockner and Jarod Lancaster who were regular first-teamers and both were excellent in the 2-0 win at Richlands.This season has been their best in a long time and it would be a surprise if they don’t make the Grand Final.Golden Boot:12: Ramone CLOSE, 4: Carter GLOCKNER/Matt BOYD/Ryan STENHOUSEMitchelton were aiming for a top four finish and achieved that comfortably despite having the worst run of injuries of any team in the league.It was rare to get their entire first team on the park but they were able to get past just about every team at some point and were the only team not to lose to Lions.Early in the season they were scoring at will and produced some remarkable comebacks, notably the late, late draw at John Fredricks Park. The combination took a while to really become competitive and once again Drew Jeskey proved his worth as one of the most valuable players in the league.Even with a truncated squad they will still be a threat in the finals and very early predictions suggest next season will be even better than this one.Golden Boot:11: Michael McGOWAN, 6: Jay MEHMET/Paul MIKULA/Seb JANSENPeninsula Power were the hardest hit of any club during the off season leaving Terry Kirkham to build a team virtually from scratch. His pre-season comment about trying to make the top ten was made redundant from the first victory over Mitchelton and they never dropped out of the top four.Of the incoming players, Jared Austin and Byron Napper were the most dangerous with the latter being one of the surprise packets of the season. Their best though, once again, was Shaun Feuerriegel who single handedly was responsible for dragging them out of trouble a handful of times. He’s a quality player and he proved it once again.Late in the season, three losses in a row ended their chase for the title. Injuries and player losses have left them depleted but they shouldn’t be underestimated in the post-season like so many did before a ball was kicked.Golden Boot:13: Shaun FEUERRIEGEL, 6: Jared AUSTIN/Jonathan MARRAIYARochedale Rovers ended the year in style, not losing a game from round fifteen, but it was some narrow losses in the first half which ultimately cost them a place in the semi-finals. Discipline troubled them as well, although they were unlucky in this regard with incidents going against them.Of the imports, Daryll Grant and Phil Davies commanded their roles and did everything they could in trying to secure a finals position. Local players Chay Hews and Luke Howell were consistently good but a lack of finishing in front of goal was where they were ultimately deficient.If there was a top six instead of a top four they would be right in with a big chance of winning the Grand Final but there isn’t and they can start planning for 2016.Golden Boot: 7: Michael BAIRD, 5: Daryll GRANT/Mustafa JAFARI/Nick WILSON/Seiji SHIZUNOAlbany Creek were terrible in pre-season and were expected to struggle but they were way ahead of those predictions, particularly in the second half of the year when they played some excellent football and became the first team to beat Lions.Nasser Mehnat-Gir made plenty of headlines before the halfway mark and Cameron Millar was also regularly on the scoresheet. If any team needs to keep the nucleus of their squad together, and perhaps bring in a few additions, it’s ACE because they have obviously started to form an understanding.Sixth place might seem disappointing but they should be proud of their improvement.Golden Boot:11: Cameron MILLAR, 10: Cristian SORBELLO, 6: Darren THOMSONLogan FC came out of the blocks on fire and were top of the table with everything ahead of them. They looked to be certain finallists and even contenders for the title but fate conspired against them in all manner of ways and they fell away badly.The loss of Stephen Green shouldn’t be underestimated because he was unstoppable whilst he was wearing the maroon and white and suited the tactical layout perfectly. But they were never the same team after the infamous battle of Teralba Park which obviously took a mental toll on them.If rain hadn’t washed out the scheduled 1 v 2 game against Lions, things may have been different but by the time they did travel to Richlands and secure a draw, the writing was already on the wall.Golden Boot:17: Miche’le LIPARI, 4: Michael ADARKWAH, Petar KOSTOVSKIIpswich Knights lost all of their top notch players from last season and still remained competitive, never being dragged into a nail biting relegation battle similar 2014. Huge credit must go to Stuart Drinkeld for that because with a lesser coach things could have gone pear-shaped.Some great results helped their campaign but it was their ability to beat the teams around and below them which enabled them to finish in a credible eighth place. Having two players, Taiga Ishikura and Lucas Wilson, who were dangerous around the penalty area and found the net when really needed was handy but it was their structurally sound defence which served them best.After some lean years in the lower grade, Knights have a solid base in a congested market and can look forward to growth if they continue to improve and be successful in the Trophy Superstore Premier League.Golden Boot:7: Taiga ISHIKURA, 5: Emmanuel PETER/Lucas WILSONWolves FC fell from first to ninth on the ladder but only the most hardened cynic would suggest they weren’t successful in their campaign having lost almost their entire first team and swathes of juniors.Bobby Hamilton was forced to start from scratch and it was always going to be a mountain to climb but they edged their way higher and higher with every game, improving as they went along. Peter Gaffney and Kristen Waters stayed loyal to their club and were influential but not as impressive as Alistair Davis who took out the Golden Boot with an unbelievable second half of the year.Wolves hang on by the merest of threads and it’s highly probable they will go down barring a miracle escape by their lower grades but with this team, and not reliance on the Club Championship for promotion, they’ll be straight back up.Golden Boot:19: Alistair DAVIS, 5: Peter GAFFNEY, 4: Lachlan MUNNCapalaba in pre-season had the nucleus of a fine squad ready to push up the ladder and perform better than they did in 2014 but the promise never converted into points despite some top notch performances along the way.If any team can to point to one player as being their most important it has to be John Thompson who was his imperious self in defence and ended up playing striker when necessary, even scoring both goals in a 2-0 defeat of Lions on the last day of the year.The margin between being in the top four or being out of the race is not as big as it may look on paper. A few additions, a bit of tinkering and a bit of luck on their side will see 2016 as a much brighter prospect.Golden Boot:10: Josh SHERWOOD, 4: Yuji HIRAYAMA, 3: Paul O’BRIEN/Sam BASNETTTaringa Rovers came up into the Trophy Superstore Premier League by the barest of margins and were always going to need something out of the ordinary if they were to stay up with depth being a big issue for them.They had their moments, notably a 1-0 win over Peninsula and a narrow loss to Moreton Bay United in the Cup, but as the season wore on it seemed inevitable they wouldn’t survive. The loss of key players as the year drew to a close ultimately sealed their fate and with little support from the lower grades the writing was on the wall before it was officially confirmed.The former powerhouse clubs of the inner suburbs are competing in a saturated market place which makes things even tougher. On the strength of their first team they could bounce straight back but it’s unsustainable.Golden Boot:7: Omar HAMID, 4: Lewis TEEVAN, 2: Johnathon SAUER/Killian FLAVINUQFC were the only team who were genuinely disappointing. Nine points from twenty-two matches says it all about their competitiveness although there have been worst performers in the past.But three consecutive wooden spoons says it all. The current Championship relegation model is laudable for improving the game as a whole but it was created to promote growth, not to allow the top team at a club to survive with little aspiration and perhaps based on those three consecutive last place finishes, a drop to Capital League 1 would have been justified. It’s worth noting that under a traditional relegation, they were fifteen points adrift of safety. Of course, they aren't out of the woods just yet as we await Wolves FC's catch-up fixtures being played this weekend.San Henny was clearly the outstanding player but with little support his talents were wasted and losing him would be a major blow. Of course, they aren’t safe yet so watch this space.Golden Boot:8: San HENNY, 7: Keiichi UEDA, 4: Jeremy GRIFFINby Phil Davis (FBMedia)
Defiant Rovers With Narrow Loss To Premiers17.08.2015Lions FC 1 (Carlos 14’)Taringa Rovers 0HT: 1-0Played at: Lions StadiumReferee: Avi CohenLions: Zabaks, Brindell-South, Simic, Tobin, Butters, Carlos, Bonotto, Janovsky, Schiavo, Aoci, Lovell. Subs: Carseldine, Butler, Mikami, Murphy, Khan.Taringa: McGill, Spall, Ellis, Simons, Hansen, Dickson, Devereaux, Chester, Flavin, Robson, McIntyre. Subs: Dawson, Jackson, Galloway, Eccles.On a day when they were presented with the Premiership trophy, Lions FC added another win to their tally for the season but it wasn’t as simple as position on the ladder would suggest, as they defeated a defiant Taringa Rovers 1-0 at Lions Stadium on Sunday afternoon.The deciding goal arrived in the 14th minute when a rebound fell to the feet of Shaun Carlos who curled the ball, with the aid of a slight deflection, into the top corner of the net at the car park end of the ground.Lions dominated possession which has been their standard all season and it has resulted in some big scorelines but their opposition today proved to be no pushover. Playing narrow, and allowing spaces on the flanks, they defended brilliantly inside a crowded penalty area for long periods of time.Of course, playing this tactic by necessity requires chances to be taken when they arrive but both of their best opportunities were presented to Steven Chester and Scott Dickson in the second half but were thudded high and wide of the crossbar. Apart from a few set-pieces, Phil Zabaks wasn’t really tested for the duration.Lions started with a couple of changes from the team which beat Croydon Kings in their last hit out, resting Nathan Reardon from his central defensive role in favour of Jason Tobin and replacing Shoheel Khan up front with Cody Lovell. Both players are top notch replacements of course, and it made little difference to the way they set about overcoming Taringa.Intricate and accurate passing has become a Lions trademark this season and they are used to teams playing deep but today they were hampered by crossing which was below their regular high standard. Rovers always had one extra player in the box and they dealt comfortably with almost everything thrown their way.But there were still some genuine opportunities and Taylor McGill, deputising in goal for the suspended Doug Blaikie, was called upon regularly as the last line of defence.Of particular note was the replacement during the second half of Kado Aoci who went down heavy in a tackle and looked to have picked up a minor injury. The star centre forward walked off the field unaided and it’s hopefully just a precautionary measure with some huge games, including the Westfield FFA Cup match against Perth Glory, just around the corner.With one match remaining, Taringa can re-group and plan for bouncing straight back up from Capital League 1 in 2016. Despite some good performances, they've been generally uncompetitive for long periods, particularly away from home. The loss of a handful of players late in the season also compounded their issues but there is not doubt they will be in the top handful of teams in the second tier.Pre-game predictions were for plenty of goals to be scored by Lions and that could have happened if they had taken more of their chances but after such a high-octane month of football they will surely be happy just to take the win and move on to round 22.There was a sense this afternoon of something building for Lions with a bigger than average crowd in attendance for a bit of a nothing game. Their profile and reputation has grown with that wonderful win over Croydon Kings and it’s seems to be paying dividends.Apart from their inability to penetrate the Taringa defence, Lions were good all around the park again and it’s worth noting their renowned depth. Having Myles Carseldine, Andrew Butler and Kosuke Mimaki coming on from the bench is something all the other teams can only dream about.Next Sunday, Taringa play their final game of the season at home against the rampant Eastern Suburbs. It’s a tough double of matches to finish off the season but the Tigers will know by kick off if the game is a dead rubber depending on the result of the Albany Creek vs Mitchelton game.Lions have one more game as well of course, and they will travel to John Fredricks Park to play Capalaba. The Bulldogs have finally found some consistency and form at the wrong end of the season so it should be an entertaining clash.FBMedia Player Of The Match: GK Taylor McGill (Taringa Rovers)Apart from the goal, which he could do absolutely nothing about, McGill had a brilliant game with two superb saves being the highlight. Under an aerial bombardment from endless corners he never once failed to get to the ball and was confident inside his area.by Phil Davis (FBMedia)
Dominant Rochedale Win Rovers Derby02.08.2015Taringa Rovers 1 (Dickson 87')Rochedale Rovers 4 (Grant 6' pen; Jafari 31'; Wilson 45'; Shizuno 90+6')Halftime: 0-3Played at: Jack Speare ParkReferee: Jared GillettTaringa: Blaikie, Ellis, Hansen, Simons, Spall, Mullens, Devereaux, Flavin, Wilson, Chester, Hamid. Subs: McIntyre, Mabbutt, McGill, Galloway.Rochedale: Aparicio, Grant, Gava, Howells, Davies, Sargent, MacNicol, Hews, Shizuno, Jafari, Wilson. Subs: Gore, Sweet, Moore.Rochedale Rovers extended their undefeated run to six games and effectively sent Taringa Rovers tumbling back into Capital League One when they sauntered to a 4-1 victory at Jack Speare Park on Sunday afternoon.Six minutes into the game, Daryll Grant opened the scoring from the penalty spot and that lead was doubled in the 31st minute by Mustafa Jafari with a rasping shot which gave Douglas Blaikie no chance.In the last minute of the first half, Nick Wilson banged and crashed and bustled his way through a couple of attempted tackles then poked the ball under Blaikie and the outcome of the match was put beyond doubt.With three minutes remaining, Scott Dickson hit a first time shot on the end of a low cross past Mario Aparicio to give Taringa a shred of hope but everything was finalised in the very last minute when Seiji Shizuno scored the best goal of the game with a stinging shot from outside of the penalty area.Rochedale completely dominated every major statistic and could have won by more. A lot more. The first half an hour of the second half was so lopsided they could easily have scored five or six if luck, and some excellent goalkeeping from Blaikie who must be a shoe-in for Taringa’s player of the year award, had been on their side.For long periods of the contest Rochedale controlled the game with such ease they barely needed to play any one touch passing because they had so much time on the ball. Jafari and Wilson made repeated forays into the penalty area but time and time again the last pass went astray or the finish was blasted wide of the goal.Scott MacNicol restored himself to the starting line-up and the former South Melbourne defensive midfielder butchered multiple chances to score a rare goal. The entire midfield also created opportunities as Taringa found themselves chasing shadows and being overwhelmed down the flanks by Daryll Grant and Phil Davies.The only negative for Rochedale was their conversion rate. Plenty of shots missed the target by a wide margin and sometimes poor decision making at the last second let them down. But that’s just nit picking.It’s difficult to find positives for the home side with even their best period ending in disaster. After Dickson’s goal, they lifted and when a penalty shout was denied and a goal disallowed, Coach Michael Matthews was dismissed from the technical area for showing dissent to referee Jared Gillett and he will most likely watch the rest of the season from the stands.Credit must go to Taringa centre back Schon Hansen who single handedly repelled a bombardment of crosses. Were it not for his aerial dominance, the margin of defeat would have been much greater.With so many possible permutations through the Club Championship system it’s difficult to predict precisely if or when Taringa will officially get relegated from the top flight for the first time ever but it will happen. Even not taking the poor performance today into account they are gone.So the season is over for both sides apart from playing the remaining two games. Following the catch-up weekend, Rochedale play their last home game for the season on Sunday against Capalaba. Barring a miracle, the Bulldogs are out of danger and it will essentially be a dead rubber.Taringa must re-group dramatically if they are to finish off their year with their heads held high because their last two games are against Lions FC and Eastern Suburbs in that order. It will be heavy going against currently the two best teams in the league.FBMedia Player Of The Match: Nick WILSON (Rochedale Rovers)Rochedale had very little to do defensively so this award had to go to an attacker and Wilson was the most effective. He had the measure of his marker all day, provided a handy outlet for Mario Aparicio to release to and could easily have had a hat trick.by Phil Davis (FBMedia)
Slippery Entertainment As Rovers And Wolves Draw26.07.2015Rochedale Rovers 2 (Sargent 45’, Jafari 71’)Wolves FC 2 (Davis 21’, Gaffney 60’)HT: 1-1Played at: Underwood ParkReferee: Martin Krenes Assistants: Isidro Terol Crespo, Nathan Scott.Rovers: Aparicio, Grant, Gava, Howell, Davies, Hews, Sargent, Shizuno, Wilson, Baird, Jafari. Subs: Macnicol, Sweet, Gore, Armstrong.Wolves: Carr, Nishida, Waters, Woodward, Scott, Shin Park, Saul, Gaffney, Thompson, Davis, Munn. Subs: Gal, Black, Williams, Lyell.Wolves FC will be disappointed to narrowly have missed two extra points when they produced a credible 2-2 against Rochedale Rovers who could easily have won the game themselves on a wet and boggy Underwood Park on Saturday evening. Alistair Davis can’t stop scoring at the moment and he found the net first with a thumping first-time shot on the end of a trademark set-piece from Peter Gaffney. It set the tone for a high-tempo and bustling contest in front of two sets of enthusiastic supporters.In the last minute of the first half those onlookers were treated to one of the best goals of the season. Rovers cleared a corner and the ball arrived at the feet of Scott Sargent who volleyed a looping, booming shot into the top corner from at least ten metres outside of the penalty area. The technique was magnificent.Wolves 4-4-2 formation was working well for them and with most of their attacks coming on the break, it was no surprise when their second also come from a dead ball situation. Having wasted a free kick from a great position minutes earlier, instead of shooting from twenty yards, a chipped variation landed at the feet of Jeff Woodward right on the goal-line and he cleverly squared the ball across the six yard box for Gaffney to tap home from less than a metre.Rochedale weren’t done yet and Mustafa Jafari, who had been lively all game, was nippy enough to creat enough time and space in the box to clinically guarantee a point for his team in the 71st minute with an excellent finish.But there was still time for both teams to win it and Rochedale had their chance when they hit the post but there was controversy at the other end of the field when Lachlan Munn stole possession and looked to have rounded Mario Aparicio but the veteran scythed his feet from for under him. Referee Martin Krenes waved away shouts for what looked a clear penalty to all at the ground but he was well-placed in a square position and could only have seen the goalkeeper get a glove on the ball.There must be a Rain God living at Underwood Park because despite seeing mild precipitation elsewhere throughout the week, it was a bit of a quagmire with players slipping and sliding all over the place. Luckily, an error never played it’s role in the game but the players will be sore today from running on a heavy surface.Rochedale controlled possession with their 4-3-3 formation but it was a tighter contest than statistics suggested. Wolves looked equally as dangerous when they were on the break and it made for an entertaining spectacle. As usual, Phil Davies and Daryll Grant were excellent for Rovers and were standouts in a game where everyone played at close to the best of their ability but the the oldest player on the park, Chay Hews, was their best.Blake Thompson and Alistair Davis looked dangerous all evening for Wolves and Peter Gaffney once again lead by example. A solid performance from Matt Carr was important and a couple of quality saves, one in particular, played a big part in the outcome.Bobby Hamilton started off the pre-season with what can only be described as a rabble and he has created a team which now play as a unit in a high-tempo style. It’s a credit to his coaching ability that now they can beat anyone on their day with a bit of luck on their side and if they go down it won’t be because of the senior squad.Rochedale are out of the equation now and it’s no secret they are priding themselves on finishing above their bitter rivals Logan FC. It looks likely they will finish fifth and it’s a fair representation of where they have been ranked this season. Ultimately they’ll know they’ve under-achieved but there are really good signs of a cultural revival around the club.It would take a major crash from Easts for it not to be written in stone but Rovers can start planning for next year, if they haven’t already.The abandoned lower grade matches could play right into Wolves hands in a scenario not dissimilar to Ipswich’s notorious but legal reserve grade match which was vital in their escape from relegation in 2014.Next week, Rochedale travel to Jack Speare Park to play Taringa and they will be heavy favourites to beat the Blues. Wolves FC go back home to Carmichael Park for the start of a daunting end of season run against Lions FC.FBMedia Player Of The Match: Peter GAFFNEY (Wolves FC)Of any player in the game tonight, the one that would be missed the most by their team is Gaffney. His play has improved measurably this year from the squad role in 2014 and his passion, even if it sometimes rides a razor’s edge, was compelling tonight.by Phil Davis (FBMedia)
Bad News For Rovers as Dogs Score Late20.07.2015Taringa Rovers 1 (Sauer 68’)Capalaba 1 (Josh Sherwood pen 88’)HT: 0-0Played at: Jack Speare ParkReferee: Nathan McDonaldRovers: Blaikie, Wilson, Simons, Mullens, Mabbutt, Spall, Devereaux, Chester, Galloway, Hamid, Ellis. Subs: Sauer, McGill, Dickson, McIntyre.Capalaba: MacDonald, Fields, J.Thompson, Roby, Watson, Dunn, Jankovic, A.Thompson, Hirayama, Josh Sherwood, O’Brien. Subs:Warden, Brown, Mansfield-Taylor, Crilly.Taringa Rovers had a great opportunity to take three points but Capalaba were good enough to drag themselves back into the game when they drew 1-1 in a vital relegation contest at Jack Speare Park on Sunday afternoon.Johnathan Sauer was first to break the deadlock in the 68th minute and on the trend of the contest it looked likely to be a winner. Some quick passing and a bit of luck in the lead-up in combination with the first really incisive run into the penalty area gave Sauer the opportunity to produce a lovely first-touch and calmly slot his side into the lead.But it wasn’t to be the winner, it was just the start of a dramatic last twelve minutes. With three minutes remaining on the clock, John Thompson bustled around the edge of the penalty area and created a brilliant chance for Yuji Hirayama who was about to pull the trigger when he was scythed down by Schon Hansen.A slightly unsighted Nathan McDonald glanced to his assistant referee who was perfectly placed and awarded the penalty before dismissing Hansen from the field. Josh Sherwood easily scored the penalty and it was 1-1.And that’s when the game REALLY took off.Capalaba swung in a corner and a diving Paul O’Brien got great purchase on the ball but could only see his header fly wide. Almost immediately, Taringa broke at the other end and Scott Dickson found himself free in space but with plenty of time to fire home he hit a tame effort straight at Luke MacDonald.With the very last attack of the game, Hirayama had the chance to win it for Capalaba but his effort was parried low to the right by Douglas Blaikie who watched as the ball gently trickled out of his grasp, bumped against the base of the post and rolled away to safety.Seventy minutes of what is best described as humdrum football before a thrilling edge of the seat finale for the spectators. Football really is a funny old game sometimes. The highlight of the entire first half was Luke Watson suffering a hand injury and laughing when he grossed out the crowd by showing them his pinky finger at right angles to the rest of his hand.But of course, there was everything to play for and it seems likely now that Taringa will be heading back to Capital League One. The Bulldogs were also victorious in the reserves and Under16’s so the gap increases and with Wolves continuing to play well, the future is bleak for the Blues.Capalaba will be thinking they were unlucky not to take the win because in the overall scheme they were the better team and created more opportunities. Both teams suffered from charging forward as soon as they got possession and it caused the game to get bogged down around the penalty areas.Next weekend could be the last roll of the dice for Taringa when they play on Sunday at Eric Evans Oval against Ipswich Knights. They simply must win that game and get plenty of other points down through the grades.Capalaba have a tougher assignment when they kick off at 5pm on Saturday against Peninsula at AJ Kelly Field. At the top end of the table, Power are still in the title race and it will be all over bar the mathematics if they lose and Lions FC beat Mitchelton at Richlands on Sunday. FBMedia Player Of The Match: John THOMPSON (Capalaba)When the chips are down and you desperately need a goal, not too many teams could push their best defender into centre forward. Thompson was clearly the best player on the field and if the Bulldogs had two of him, they would have won.
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Its show time! All eyes are on you. It's time to raise some excitement. It’s time to make a special person feel like they are the most important person in the world, at least for the next few moments. You have your script and the award. If it is a trophy, plaque or an object of some kind, this would be a good time to show it to the audience.Start by introducing the background of the award, why it is so important and provide examples of what the winner has done to achieve the award. By now, if the receiver of the award haven't been told in advance that they have won, they will likely recognize their achievements being broadcasted. Now is time to announce the winner. Your voice can be an effective tool by increasing your speaking speed, your pitch and your volume as you build your audience into a frenzy of anticipation. Well, maybe in your mind! Your role at this point is to act as a cheerleader and lead the applause as you announce the winner and invite them up to you to receive their award.If you have a co-presenter, it would be prudent to give a brief intro of them before you started your delivery. They might be the sponsor of the award. Having a previous winner of the award pass it on to the next winner can be quite exciting.If you are the sole presenter of the award, step away from the lectern/podium to allow room to present the award and shake the recipient's hand. Think photo oportunity. Hopefully you have remembered to dress in your finest. While shaking the winner's hand I always offer them a few words of private congratulations while looking them in the eyes and shaking their hand. The process is very much like following the steps in a dance routine. Announce, shake their hand, look them in the eyes, congratulate them, step back, lead congratulations applause and lead the applause as they return to their seat. Bridging between awards and recipients is essential to your performance. Remember... it’s not about you. You could give a brief personal example of how you have seen that the recipient has earned the award assuming that you know them. Or you could give a brief overview of why you believe the award is important as you set up the next award to be delivered. The key word is "brief." Repeat the process.For more information on awards and trophies go to www.trophysuperstore.com.au
Wolves Victors In Kennel Dog Fight12.07.2015Capalaba 2 (Sherwood 11'; Dunn 89')Wolves FC 3 (Munn 23'; Davis 71' pen, 90+4')HT: 1-1Played at: John Fredericks ParkReferee: Jason Crow.Capalaba: MacDonald (gk), Basnett, Dunn, Hirayama, Jankovic, O'Brien, Roper, Sherwood, Thompson A., Thompson J., Watson. Subs:Crilly (rgk), Mansfield-Taylor, Fields, Roby.Wolves FC: Carr (gk), Carr, Davis, Houston, Munn, Park, Saul, Thompson, Waters, Williams. Subs: Meacham, Nishida, Cladwell, Gal (rgk).Just when Tim Dunn's late equaliser looked to have earned a hard fought pont for Capalaba Bulldogs, Alistair Davis popped up deep into added time to snatch victory for Wolves that gives their survival chances a huge boost.The game started brightly as these two well matched sides traded blows early. Capalaba's Yuji Hirayama forcing a fine save from Matt Carr in the 7th minute from a fierce strike shortly after Wolves' Davis had narrowly fired wide when racing onto a far post cross from Blake Thompson.The hosts would open the scoring soon after though when Josh Sherwood finished with a trade mark strike on 11 minutes, firing home with a low drive across Carr to put his side ahead.Lachlan Munn's slips the ball past Capalaba's Luke MacDonald to equlaise for Wolves.The lead would only last 12 minutes however as Wolves struck back against the run of play. Lachlan Munn receiving the ball on the penalty spot from a precise Alex Williams pass before smartly turning his defender and drilling the ball beyond Luke MacDonald into the far corner of the net.The hosts nearly took a lead into the half time break when Wolves failed to deal with a corner and Marco Jankovic's goal bound header was cleared off the line to deny them the lead.The second term again saw both sides scrapping in an end to end encounter with chances for both teams coming and going.Shortly after the restart, Munn struck the upright for the visitors before a Paul O'Brien free kick on the edge of the box beat Carr but not the right hand post.Kristen Waters had Carr scrambling to tip away his misplaced clearance and avoid his blushes for what was close to an own goal midway through the half.Wolves were starting to dominate the half as it wore on and on 70 minutes they were awarded a penalty after Munn was bundled over in the box. Davis's spot kick seeing MacDonald guess right but unable to keep the ball out as the Tingalpa side edged it's nose in front.Jankovic was again unlucky not to find the back of the net and equalise just moments later, when again the Wolves defence failed to deal with another corner and the tall defender rose high to head goalwards only to be denied by the crossbar.The hosts were desperate to find a way back into the game and on 83 minutes they thought they'd levelled when Carr was unable to keep out Sam Basnett's effort but Referee Jason Crow was right in striking off the goal after Carr had been impeded by Basnett before the ball ended up in the back of the net.Bulldog's Tim Dunn and captain Josh Sherwood celebrate Dunn's late equaliser.Time was running out for Capalaba when Wolves failed to properly clear their lines, allowing the ball to be played back into the final third where Jankovic was free. He delivered in a pin-point cross to the edge of the 6 yard box where Tim Dunn's precise run saw him connect to the ball and guide it past Carr to level the game up on 90 minutes and what looked to have salvaged a well earned point for the hosts.That was until a corner deep into injury time had Capalaba panicking. They failed to clear the danger, allowing Davis to latch onto the loose ball in the box and drill the ball high into the back of the net to hand the visitors victory.Referee Crow signalled full time from the restart as the Capalaba players dropped to their knees in disbelief of what had just happened.It was a bitter pill to swallow for Coach Geoff Hurford and his players who on the balance of play, deserved the point they thought they'd earned late on. But they'll look back on this game and curse the chances missed that on another day, would have earned them a comfortable win.Wolves to their credit, look like a side that's gelled well under Coach Bobby Hamilton and have belied the pundits with their results. They could easily have sat on their laurels and settled for the point after the Bulldogs had equalised, but they went in search of a result and they got one at the death.Both sides are involved in the relegation battle in the Championship standings and the points for Wolves will see them close the gap on Capalaba just above them.Both sides have winnable games ahead of them next week. Wolves host Ipswich Knights who's away form has been far better than their home results. Capalaba travel to Jack Speare Park to face relegation rivals Taringa Rovers. Failure to pick up the points in that game would well and truly put further pressure on them in the Championship table.FBMedia Player of the Match: #14 Marko Jancovic - Capalaba / #9 Chang Shin Park - Wolves FC.Hard to pick a stand-out in this game with both sides so evenly matched and both showing a great team effort on the night. So we've gone for the best of each side. On another night Jankovic could have had a hat trick which is no mean feat for a centre back. His presence in the air was constant threat to the visitors from set pieces and his cross for the late equaliser was superb. For Wolves, Munn was excellent but perhaps a less obvious choice was Park in the middle for the visitors who provided balance and control for his side and helped launch a handful of their raids.FB Media Match Stats.Corners: 11 - 6Off-sides: 1 - 3Yellow Cards: 1 - 1Report and Photos by: Ian Judd - FB Media
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Three In A Row Rovers Take 2-0 Victory05.07.2015Rochedale Rovers 2 (Howell 70’, Sargent 87’)UQFC 0at Underwood ParkHalftime: 0-0Referee: Alex King Assistants: David Porter, Brendon Leech.Rochedale Rovers: Aparicio (gk), Armstrong, Davies, Gava, Grant, Hews, Howell, Jafari, McCaffrey, Sargent, Shizuno. Subs: Moore (rgk), Gore, MacNicol, Tucker, Campbell.UQFC: Eccles (gk), Efstathis, Hastings A., Hastings M., Hirano, Mann, Narita, Ogata, Samuels, Ueda, Watts, Woldu. Subs: Lowe, Pascale, Martin, Tharumanathan, Long(rgk).Rochedale Rovers slugged it out in a real arm-wrestle of a match before finally converting two late chances when they beat UQFC 2-0 at Underwood Park on Saturday evening.It took seventy minutes before the deadlock was broken by Luke Howell when he cleverly dinked a high bouncing ball through a crowded penalty area and inside the far post.With three minutes left on the clock, Scott Sargent settled the nerves of the home supporters with a rasping drive from the edge of the penalty area which skidded in on the first bounce.Rochedale were good value for the win, having a large share of possession and dominating all the major statistics but just like the majority of this season they were their own worst enemy at times. A string of good opportunities in the first half never tested James Eccles in goal as shot after shot was skewed wide of his left hand post.Rovers' keeper Mario Aparicio clears the ball from UQFC's Mikhail Hastings.But it would be unfair to say that the Students weren't in the game. Two chances in particular, one a far post header from Nahom Woldu which never had enough sting to it and another a one-on-one which Mario Aparicio(pictured above) got just enough glove on to deflect wide, could easily have changed the momentum of the match.By necessity, UQFC had to be tough centrally in defence resulting in Alex Hastings playing a major role and he was best for his team on the night. Nick Efstathis also shouldered a heavy workload but with San Henny missing the return to his old club they lacked a cutting edge in attack.For Rochedale, Seiji Shizuno continued his recent good form with an excellent first half. His probing input down the left caused plenty of problems for the defence. In Howell, Sargent, Phil Davies, Dermot McCaffrey, Chay Hews and others there is a wealth of talent and all the big names played well. On a boggy pitch it was a game played at a slow pace with Todd Gava once again dictating the tempo from the heart of defence.“We’ve been unlucky this season against the likes of Peninsula and Mitchelton where we’ve been in the contest but just couldn’t get across the line. The same happened tonight,” remarked UQFC Coach Brian Hastings after the game. “Where we are sitting on points I don’t think is a reflection of our competitiveness and we just need fortune to fall our way.”And it’s a fair comment. In seasons past there have been some genuine easybeats at the foot of the table but the Students are better than that. Without a relegation battle to fight, a lack of incentive probably doesn't help their cause.“We created plenty of chances in the first half but couldn’t convert,” noted Rovers Coach Mark Cruse when assessing the game “but once we scored we were never going to give up the victory. Scott Sargent and Chay Hews were really good for us and it’s no coincidence that we’ve won every game since Chay has been back in the line-up.”“But to be fair to UQ, they grew an extra leg and put us under the pump straight after the break. We would have been disappointed not to win and we’re just happy to get away with the points.”With this game having been brought forward, both teams get a rest next weekend. In a fortnight’s time UQFC play at home against Lions FC and only the most optimistic supporter would see them taking points having been pumped 7-2 by them in the first round. Of course they have a chance but it will come down to taking their opportunities and defending stoutly.Rochedale have a slight sniff of making the top four and their credentials will be tested with a trip to Teralba Park. Mitchelton are second and improving all the time. It’s effectively a grand final with the season most likely being over if they are unable to come away with a win.FBMedia Player of the Match: Chay HEWS (Rochedale Rovers)Hews was a big name off-season signing and his stuttering 2015 has started to bear fruit. Always willing to put in the hard graft, his distribution when in possession enabled Rovers to attack down the flanks and they were arguably most dangerous when he had the ball at his feet.FB Media Match Stats.Shots on goal: 18 - 9Shots on target: 10 - 5Free kicks: 14 - 8Corners: 15 - 4Off-sides: 1 - 0Yellow Cards: 0 - 2Report by: Phil Davis - FB MediaPhotos by: Ian Judd - FB Media
Trophy Superstore Premier League Round-up29.06.2015Lachlan Munn scored twice for Wolves FC in the vital relegation battle against Taringa Rovers but his impressive return was negated by two red cards for team-mates Jeff Woodward and Michael Keall when they battled out a 2-2 draw.Killian Flavin and Jonathon Sauer scored for Taringa in the second half after being behind at halftime. It’s a result which doesn’t do a lot to help either team and keeps thing interesting at the bottom of the Club Championship table.Ipswich Knights shared the goals around and eventually came away with a comfortable 4-2 victory over UQFCat Oval 5a.Mitch Davis scored in the eleventh minute and the Students were able to equalise before the break but second half goals to Dane Grant, Lucas Wilson and Taiga Ishikura ensured the Students poor season continues.Ipswich are a threat to any team on their day and they’ll be happy to have scored four times in the same match. Albany Creek went ahead against Rochedale Rovers but were swamped leading into the halftime break when they lost 3-1 at Wolter Park.Adnan Jakupovic, Todd Gava and Michael Baird scored for Rovers which is a great sign. Gava is crucial to the fortunes at Underwood Park and the addition of goals at the other end is even handier.ACE are still within sight of the top four but a seven point gap will be very hard to peg back. Expect Rochedale to get better now they are almost back to full strength.Mitchelton pretty much wrapped up the points by the 36th minute with a 3-0 lead at halftime which ended in a confident 4-1 victory over Capalaba at Teralba Park.Tim Lawson, Michael McGregor and Harry Noon were the first half scorers whilst Seb Janssen finished off proceedings in the 90th minute. The result sees them sneak above Peninsula into second place.Sam Basnett has been finding the target lately and once again he scored for the Bulldogs but they need better than this if they are to stay out of relegation trouble.Logan FC and Lions FC went at each other again in the “L” Classico and this time it was Lions who triumphed with a 2-1 scoreline.But it took a long time for the game to open up. Alex Janovsky scored first in the 71st minute with a low shot from outside of the area but two minutes later Logan equalised through a booming indirect free-kick from Alex Warrilow.Lions once again dominated all the major statistics and it was no real surprise when Kado Aoci, who had created plenty of chances, bobbed up in the 84th minute with a winning goal.Six wins out of seven, including last weekend’s defeat of Lions FC, has changed everything for Eastern Suburbsand things look even better for them after they beat finals contenders Peninsula Power 2-1 at Heath Park.Two goals in six minutes from Carter Glockner and Jarod Lancaster put Peninsula under pressure and despite a goal from Jared Austin in the 38th minute they were able to hang on for the entire second half.Easts may not be able to win the title from here but they will have a huge impact on how the rest of the season shapes up.by Phil Davis (FBMedia)
Tigers March On With Success Over Power28.06.2015Eastern Suburbs 2 (Glockner 29'; Lancaster 36')Peninsula Power 1 (Austin 38')HT: 2-1Played at: Heath ParkReferee: David WalshEastern Suburbs: Carroll (gk), Boyd, Burgess, Close, Cunha, Glockner, Grogan, Porras Martonell, Ryan, Stenhouse. Subs: McIlwain (rgk), McMullen, Edwards, Rahman, Coyne.Peninsula Power: Reesby (gk), Austin, Brown, Holden, Hornby, Marraiya, Maticic, McEvoy T., Roulston, Sauer, Swain. Subs: Cleary, Forsyth, Porter, Kirala(rgk).First half goals to Carter Glockner and Jarod Lancaster proved to be enough as Eastern Suburbs edged out a depleted Peninsula Power at Heath Park on Saturday night.Jared Austin's cheeky reply shortly after Lancaster's strike kept Power in the hunt but on the night they just fell short as Easts made it 8 wins from their last 9 outings to put pressure on the sides above them in the top four of the Trophy Superstore Premier League.Power entered the game with nine previous first team players absent from injury, suspension and having departed the club. The most notable absentee being top goal scorer Shaun Fueurriegel, still serving a suspension. Steve Cleary made a return after his move to North Pine didn't work out and Terry Kirkham welcomed the arrival of Jonathan Marraiya to the Power line-up. The hosts were missing Toru Amano but otherwise fielded a full strength side.On paper and based on recent results, it looked a daunting task for the visitors but they initially took the game to the Tigers and enjoyed the better of the earlier exchanges. Austin forcing a save from Tom Carroll midway through the half after a neat through ball from Matthew Sauer.Easts too had a handful of chances but Jake Reesby was equal to the task as both sides went in search of the opener and it was the hosts who broke the deadlock on the half hour. Glockner was played into the box, beating the offside trap and expertly guiding a curling shot past Reesby and off the right hand post to put his side in front.Easts' Jarod Lancaster about to score his side's second and eventual winner.Easts extended their lead shortly after. A defensive mix-up allowed Jarod Lancaster to ghost at the back of the box, work his way around an onrushing Reesby and pass the ball into an empty net to put the Tigers in the box seat on 36 minutes.But just two minutes later, the home crowd were left stunned when Austin audaciously lobbed Carroll and despite the Easts stopper getting a hand to the ball, all he could do was guide it onto the underside of the bar and into the goal.That saw the sides enter the interval with Easts having their noses in front.The second half was a more timid affair with neither side wanting to make a mistake and chances were few and far between.Glockner forced a good save from Ressby at his near post with a rasping effort just before the hour and Cleary went close for Power in a scramble on the penalty spot but Carroll somehow managed to bravely gather the ball in with a crowd of players around him.The best chance of the half fell to Ramone Close who should have tested Reesby when well placed but instead dragged his shot wide.Neither side could find another goal as Easts held out to make it 2 wins from 3 over the top four rivals in June, as they look to have put their early season poor form well and truly behind them.It was a gutsy effort from Peninsula as they troubled their hosts and with their regular strike force, things may have ended differently.Next weekend sees a break for both sides but with Easts having gathered some momentum in recent weeks, they'll perhaps have preferred to keep playing.The race is still on for top four placings with six games remaining but a 4 point gap to 5th is looking good for those at the top. But of course, you can't discount anything from happening in football. FBMedia Player of the Match: #17 Jarod Lancaster - Eastern SuburbsPopped up to score the eventual winner but more importantly was his defensive display. Ever present when needed and the youngster had energy to burn.FB Media Match Stats.Corners: 3 - 3Off-sides: 5 - 0Yellow Cards: 0 - 2Photos and report by: Ian Judd - FB Media
Points table as at 29/6/15.*Points may not reflect matches that have been rescheduled for one or more teams from a Club in a given fixture round.As these matches are played, the points will be added to the table at the next weekly update.The points system explained:3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and a loss is 0 points. Then....The Premier team result is multiplied by 5The Reserves team result is multiplied by 3The U18 team result is multiplied by 2The U16 team results is multiplied by 1The total for a club is the sum of those figures each round.Example:Club ‘A’ has all wins for a fixture round. Therefore they get 3 x 5 + 3 x 3 + 3 x 2 + 3 x 1 = 33 pointsClub ‘B’ has a win in the Premier team a loss in the Reserves and the U18s and a win in the U16s. Therefore they get 3 x 5 + 0 x 3 + 0 x 2 + 3 x 1 = 18 points By Ian Judd - FB Media
28.06.2015Eastern Suburbs 2 (Glockner 29'; Lancaster 36')Peninsula Power 1 (Austin 38')HT: 2-1Played at: Heath ParkReferee: David WalshEastern Suburbs: Carroll (gk), Boyd, Burgess, Close, Cunha, Glockner, Grogan, Porras Martonell, Ryan, Stenhouse. Subs: McIlwain (rgk), McMullen, Edwards, Rahman, Coyne.Peninsula Power: Reesby (gk), Austin, Brown, Holden, Hornby, Marraiya, Maticic, McEvoy T., Roulston, Sauer, Swain. Subs: Cleary, Forsyth, Porter, Kirala(rgk).First half goals to Carter Glockner and Jarod Lancaster proved to be enough as Eastern Suburbs edged out a depleted Peninsula Power at Heath Park on Saturday night.Jared Austin's cheeky reply shortly after Lancaster's strike kept Power in the hunt but on the night they just fell short as Easts made it 8 wins from their last 9 outings to put pressure on the sides above them in the top four of the Trophy Superstore Premier League.Power entered the game with nine previous first team players absent from injury, suspension and having departed the club. The most notable absentee being top goal scorer Shaun Fueurriegel, still serving a suspension. Steve Cleary made a return after his move to North Pine didn't work out and Terry Kirkham welcomed the arrival of Jonathan Marraiya to the Power line-up. The hosts were missing Toru Amano but otherwise fielded a full strength side.On paper and based on recent results, it looked a daunting task for the visitors but they initially took the game to the Tigers and enjoyed the better of the earlier exchanges. Austin forcing a save from Tom Carroll midway through the half after a neat through ball from Matthew Sauer.Easts too had a handful of chances but Jake Reesby was equal to the task as both sides went in search of the opener and it was the hosts who broke the deadlock on the half hour. Glockner was played into the box, beating the offside trap and expertly guiding a curling shot past Reesby and off the right hand post to put his side in front.Easts' Jarod Lancaster about to score his side's second and eventual winner.Easts extended their lead shortly after. A defensive mix-up allowed Jarod Lancaster to ghost at the back of the box, work his way around an onrushing Reesby and pass the ball into an empty net to put the Tigers in the box seat on 36 minutes.But just two minutes later, the home crowd were left stunned when Austin audaciously lobbed Carroll and despite the Easts stopper getting a hand to the ball, all he could do was guide it onto the underside of the bar and into the goal.That saw the sides enter the interval with Easts having their noses in front.The second half was a more timid affair with neither side wanting to make a mistake and chances were few and far between.Glockner forced a good save from Ressby at his near post with a rasping effort just before the hour and Cleary went close for Power in a scramble on the penalty spot but Carroll somehow managed to bravely gather the ball in with a crowd of players around him.The best chance of the half fell to Ramone Close who should have tested Reesby when well placed but instead dragged his shot wide.Neither side could find another goal as Easts held out to make it 2 wins from 3 over the top four rivals in June, as they look to have put their early season poor form well and truly behind them.It was a gutsy effort from Peninsula as they troubled their hosts and with their regular strike force, things may have ended differently.Next weekend sees a break for both sides but with Easts having gathered some momentum in recent weeks, they'll perhaps have preferred to keep playing.The race is still on for top four placings with six games remaining but a 4 point gap to 5th is looking good for those at the top. But of course, you can't discount anything from happening in football. FBMedia Player of the Match: #17 Jarod Lancaster - Eastern SuburbsPopped up to score the eventual winner but more importantly was his defensive display. Ever present when needed and the youngster had energy to burn. FB Media Match Stats.Corners: 3 - 3Off-sides: 5 - 0Yellow Cards: 0 - 2Photos and report by: Ian Judd - FB Media