With only two fixtures to go there is still much to play for in the Veto Premier League. Whilst Rochedale may have won the league title, there are games this weekend which will help decide who finishes in the important 2nd spot, the final finals spot (6th) and who avoids relegation to Division 1.
Round 25 league fixtures:
28 Aug 10 5:00PM Capalaba v Pine Hills (John Fredericks Park)
28 Aug 10 5:00PM Peninsula Power v Beenleigh (A J Kelly Field)
28 Aug 10 6:00PM Redlands United v Taringa Rovers (Cleveland Showgrounds)
28 Aug 10 7:00PM Mount Gravatt v Souths United (Dittmer Park)
28 Aug 10 7:00PM Pine Rivers v Brisbane Wolves (Wendy Allison Park)
29 Aug 10 3:00PM Brisbane City v Eastern Suburbs (Spencer Park)
29 Aug 10 4:00PM Olympic v Rochedale Rovers (Goodwin Park)
2nd spot is up for grabs between Wolves, Capalaba, Olympic and Easts with Wolves in the pole position. Wolves travel to Wendy Allison Park to take on Pine Rivers with the hosts knowing nothing more than a victory is required in order to take their faltering relegation fight into the final week of the season. Even with a win Rivers may be relegated if Beenleigh get a point at Power or Mt Gravatt record a win against Souths. All should go to plan for Wolves and confidence should be at a high after smashing Mt Gravatt 8-0 the week after a good away win at Capalaba. In last weeks game Steffan Vroom and Nathan Reardon both notched doubles, whilst for Rivers goals from Dom Hudak and Wayne Heath couldn’t help avoid the Predators avoid defeat at Taringa. Other games to note in the battle for 2nd is Capalaba hosting the in-form Pine Hills , Olympic host Rochedale who are trying to avoid losing 3 of 4 league fixtures and finally Easts travel to Spencer Park for a Sunday hit-out with Brisbane City.
Relegation is down to 2 from a possible 4, with City in trouble with the tough game against Easts this week and a trip to Rochedale on the last day of the season. Mount Gravatt have a shot at staying up if they can record a victory at home against Souths. After last weeks defeat at Wolves, Jeff Hogan will need a much improved performance in order to beat Souths who have been good in recent weekends. The recent Souths run has seen the Green and Whites move clear from the relegation zone, and so they may not arrive at Dittmer Park with the same intensity.
Beenleigh will have eyes on Mount Gravatt’s performance, knowing a Hawks win and their own failure to record points would see the Lions drop back in the relegation zone. Beenleigh have been playing better in the last few weeks but lost out to Redlands, last weekend, 3-2. The Morris brothers will not find a charitable Power hosting them on Saturday, Terry Kirkham’s men lead Pine Hills by a single point for the final finals spot. Power recorded that point in a draw at Olympic with Zac Tung scoring Power’s goal. Steve Foreshaw played as the main striker as Power continue to juggle the line-up ahead of what they hope is finals time. Peninsula finish with Taringa, whilst Hills play Capalaba and Mount Gravatt. Pine Hills welcomed back captain Mark Battistin, last week, with a 2-1 win over Brisbane City thanks to Andrew Shephard’s double-salvo.
I’ll try and predict the final outcome, so here goes:
At the top:
Wolves to finish 2nd.
Easts 3rd, Capalaba 4th, Olympic 5th, Power 6th (Power get 6th thanks to much better goal difference than Hills)
At the bottom:
Mt Gravatt relegated on goal difference after they finish level with City and Beenleigh on 23 points.