The 2014 Power Macron Cup kicks off on Friday 24 January at Peninsula Power’s home, AJ Kelly Field, Kippa-Ring.
The strength of the Senior Cup competition is highlighted by the participation of 4 of the top 6 2013 NPL Queensland clubs and 3 of the top 5 2013 Brisbane Premier League (BPL) clubs.
8 teams will be broken up into 2 groups. Group 1 appears to be the stronger of the groups featuring:
- Host club Peninsula Power (2013 BPL and Canale Cup Champions)
- Moreton Bay United (6th in 2013 NPL Queensland)
- Brisbane City (2013 NPL Queensland Grand Final runner-up)
- Wolves (2nd in 2013 BPL)
Group 2 contains:
- Redlands (5th in 2013 NPL Queensland)
- Palm Beach (9th in 2013 NPL Queensland)
- Brisbane Strikers (4th in 2013 NPL Queensland)
- Easts (5th in 2013 BPL)
The top 5 must-see matches of the Cup appear to be:
Peninsula v Wolves – Saturday 25 January, 7:00pm
The fiercest of rivals on the pitch, it’s always a not-to-miss when these 2 clubs face each other. Wolves will be looking to exact some revenge after going winless against Peninsula in 4 matches in 2013. Peninsula’s most recent defeat of their arch-rivals was in the semi-final of the 2013 BPL season, knocking Wolves out of the Grand Final race and then going on to claim the BPL crown.
Brisbane City v Wolves – Friday 31 January, 7:45pm
Both sides finished 2nd in their respective leagues in 2013 so it promises to be a high-quality affair. After a 2013 season ruined by injury, new Brisbane City signing and former Australian Schoolboy representative, Blake Cearns, is a possibility to line up against the club where he commenced his full senior career.
Redlands v Brisbane Strikers – Saturday 1 February, 5:00pm
This will provide a good preview to the opening round of the 2014 NPL season where these sides will meet. There was added feeling when these clubs last met with two Strikers players, Ryan Cokell and Nick Robinson, defecting to Redlands mid-season and having the last laugh as the Devils ran out convincing 3-0 winners.
Peninsula v Moreton Bay – Saturday 1 February, 7:00pm
As well as being somewhat of a local derby, it marks Moreton Bay coach Terry Kirkham’s first match against his former club that he led to success before deciding to depart AJ Kelly Field at the end of the 2011 season. Moreton Bay have recruited well and had some impressive results already in the pre-season but this will be a true test of where they are in their preparation, against a team that many think will be 2014 BPL Premiers.
Peninsula v Brisbane City – Friday 7 February, 7:45pm
Both were Grand Finalists in their 2013 leagues and plenty will want to compare where the two leagues stand in comparison to each other.
The winners of each group will play off in the Grand Final on Saturday 15 February at 6pm. A separate youth competition will be played during the same period at Dalton Park, Clontarf with the Grand Final a curtain raiser to the Senior Cup decider.
For further details on the competition, visit http://www.peninsulapower.com.au/page56.htm