The final round offers some exiting fixtures for the Brisbane football public to enjoy. Even the apparent ‘dead rubbers’ deliver some entertaining matchups between Souths and Rivers and Taringa and Power. Power will be looking for a win to build momentum ahead of a finals showdown against the 3rd placed team, spearheaded by top scorer Shaun Feuerriegel. Meanwhile, Souths, Taringa and the relegated Rivers will want to end their season’s on a high. Don’t be surprised to see some youth get a run for these sides.
In the games that count the main prize is a place in next years BPL. The final relegation spot is between Mt Gravatt, City and Beenleigh. Beenleigh will be relegated with a loss at home to Olympic. Olympic can still claim the 4th spot (and a home semi) with a win and an Easts loss and so wont be treating the game lightly. Jim Bellas’s Olympic have faded in recent weeks, and lie 9th on the ladder on away performances only, and so a home semi-final berth appears critical. Beenleigh struggled away at Power losing 3-0 in what was always a tough trip. A single point could be all the Morris brothers need but that will require a gallant effort, especially since Beenleigh are the leagues poorest team at home.
If Beeleigh pick up a point or more it would be Jeff Hogan’s Mt Gravatt making the drop should they themselves lose. The Hawks significant negative goal difference acts as a lead weight should City, Beenleigh and the Hawks all finish on the same points. Pine Hills will be a tough trip for Mt Gravatt who will again look to the strength of Short, Stewart, Sao Jose, Okada and Leite to deliver the necessary points. The Hawks cannot be counted out until the end with a recent late equalizer and winner putting Mt Gravatt 3 points better off than they would be without this ‘it aint over’ attitude. Hills look likely to be a force next season with a fantatstic recent run not quite being enough for a finals spot.
Brisbane City should be safe, however if both Beenleigh and Mt Gravatt avoid losses the Azzurri would themselves be relegated if they lost away at Rochedale. It’s hard to see City taking anything from the fixture even if Rochedale play a weakened side with a semi-final on Wednesday and the Canale Cup final next weekend.
The finals series awards the 2nd place side a semi-final with Rochedale, the winner of which will qualify for the grand final. Places 3 to 6 play off for a chance to play the loser of 1v2 for the other finals spot. Hence, 2nd place is desired by Wolves, Capalaba and Easts. Sam Saif’s Wolves have it in their hands knowing a win in the early game against Redlands could end the 2nd place debate early. Wolves are in good form scoring 12 times in the last 3 games whilst not conceding.
Should Wolves slip up both Easts and Capalaba have a chance to pounce, with the winner of the Round 24 game taking 2nd. Capalaba downed an in-form Pine Hills 4-1 but have struggled in scoring consistently with a few recent goalless outings. Easts are showing premiership form and Heath Park is a fortress for opposing sides. Should Wolves hang on, Easts will want to avoid defeat as if they did a 5th place finish would mean having to go to Olympic in the finals. Whatever the result, Capalaba are assured of a top 4 finish.
Full Fixture list
4 Sep 10 5:00PM Brisbane Wolves v Redlands United (Carmichael Park)
4 Sep 10 6:00PM Eastern Suburbs v Capalaba (Heath Park)
4 Sep 10 6:30PM Beenleigh v Olympic (Chris Green Park)
4 Sep 10 7:00PM Pine Hills v Mount Gravatt (James Drysdale Res…)
4 Sep 10 7:00PM Rochedale Rovers v Brisbane City (Underwood Park)
5 Sep 10 4:00PM Souths United v Pine Rivers United (Wakerley Park)
5 Sep 10 4:00PM Taringa Rovers v Peninsula Power (Jack Speare Park)