by Michelle Tobin
For the second time in the league’s three year existence, Brisbane Strikers will host Sunshine Coast Fire for the right to call themselves champions of the Queensland State League. In 2008, the Fire won the grand final 1-0 thanks to an early penalty and with the Strikers losing in last year’s contest to Redlands City Devils, the Brisbane-based team will be hoping for third time lucky on Saturday night. With their last meeting falling only two weeks ago when the Strikers prevailed 2-1 to earn the right to host the final, these two sides are well familiar with each other’s styles of play and the game is sure to be well-matched in all areas of the park. Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou wished both teams luck in Saturday’s final, saying he was impressed with their approaches to football. “Both sides have had good seasons,” he said.
“Sunshine Coast have been outstanding all year and I’ve been really impressed with the Strikers and their thoughts on giving young players an opportunity. “I think both teams have the right sort of philosophy in young players as well as trying to be successful so I think it will be a good game and a good climax to the season.” With Brisbane Roar central defender Matt Smith captaining the Strikers last year, this year’s final could be an opportunity to spot the next player to make the step up to the Hyundai A-League. Brisbane Strikers play Sunshine Coast Fire in the Queensland State League grand final on Saturday 11 September. Kick-off is at 7pm at Perry Park.
In the youth league grand final, Sunshine Coast face the Queensland Academy of Sport at the same venue, kicking off at 4.45pm. Entry is free for both games.
Other Media Articles;
Fire underdogs for Strikers clash http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/story/2010/09/11/sunshine-coast-fire-brisbane-strikers-grand-final/
Fire still burns in striker http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/story/2010/09/10/fire-still-burns-veteran-striker-Shaun-Blackman/