FFA Cup Queensland Qualifying stocktake

With Round 2 of the Canale Travel Cup in Brisbane wrapping up and a stack of other FFA Cup qualifying matches being played right across the state in the past week, we thought it was the perfect time to take a breath and take stock of what the current state of play is. 62 clubs still have ambitions for the four Queensland FFA Cup qualification spots.

Let’s start with Brisbane where Round 2 of the Canale Travel Cup was completed Thursday night. Round 3 will see Capital 1 sides Mitchelton and Bayside enter the competition alongside the 14 Round 2 winners. Still another round until the 12 Brisbane Premier League clubs enter (Round 4) and a further two rounds where the six Football Brisbane aligned NPL clubs join the race (Round 5). That leaves 34 clubs still in the race for the two FFA Cup Brisbane qualifying spots. The claimants of these spots will be decided in Round 7 of the Canale Travel Cup by the winning semi-finalists.

Going further abroad, here’s the progress around the other Queensland zones:

North Zone – 18 clubs are still in contention for one qualification spot.

Far North Queensland – Stratford Dolphins and Mareeba came away with wins last weekend and will now meet next weekend to determine the zone community club winner. The winner of that match will take on NPL side FNQ Heat to determine who will play the North Queensland zone winner.

North Queensland – Burdekin, Rebels, Warriors and Brothers were all Round 1 winners. The ultimate aim for these clubs is to become the zone community winner in Round 3 to then take on Northern Fury and progress out of the NQ zone.

Mackay – We’re at the business end. This weekend Whitsunday and Magpies, who both recorded easy wins last weekend, will meet to determine who takes out the Mackay Regional Football zone. As there is no senior NPL side based in Mackay, the winner of this match will progress straight to Round 5 to take on the Central Queensland winner.

Central Queensland – The first shots in anger only start this weekend with three matches to be played, including well known identity, Joe Fenech, leading one of the newer clubs in Queensland, Central Queensland Mariners, against fellow Gladstone club and major powerhouse, Clinton. Rockhampton based Nerimbera are the fortunate ones in having a bye therefore bypassing Round 1 and progressing straight to Round 2. Ultimately, the zone community club winner will take on CQFC Energy in Round 4.

South Zone – 10 clubs remain in contention for the one qualification spot.

Wide Bay – Gympie Diggers and Bundaberg-based side, Bingera, have navigated themselves through to Round 3. Like Mackay, as there is no NPL Senior Mens side based in the zone, the winner of this match will progress straight to a play-off against the Sunshine Coast winner.

Sunshine Coast – Noosa Lions and Caloundra were mid-week winners and progress to round 3. Their match is tentatively scheduled for 25 March where the winner will take on NPL club, Sunshine Coast Fire. Given the Fire’s form so far this season, the local sides must fancy their chances in that match to move further towards a FFA Cup qualifying spot.

South-West Queensland – Nanango and Willowburn will play-off this weekend to determine who will take on their local NPL club, South-West Queensland Thunder. The winner of that Round 4 match will play the Gold Coast winner.

Gold Coast – The zone has decided that Murwillumbah, as 2013 Gold Coast Premier League Champions will represent the zone’s community clubs. This means they will progress straight through to a play-off against Palm Beach NPL on Wednesday 2 April, 7pm at the Mallawa Complex. The winner of that match will meet either Nanango, Willowburn or South-West Queensland Thunder.

We’ll provide a further update in coming weeks but in the meantime, you can keep across where things are up to on our FFA Cup webpage.

Clubs still in the running as of 13 March 2014:

BRISBANE (2 qualifying spots)

NPL Olympic, Brisbane City, Brisbane Strikers, Redlands, Moreton Bay, Western Pride
BPL Lions FC, Peninsula Power, Albany Creek, Easts, Wolves FC, Brisbane Force, Capalaba, Ipswich Knights, Logan Lightning, North Star, Rochedale, UQFC
Capital 1 Mitchelton, Bayside, Southside Eagles, Moggill, Annerley, Pine Hills.
Capital 2 Kangaroo Point Rovers, The Gap, Slacks Creek, Western Spirit, Brisbane Knights, Ipswich City, Park Ridge, Holland Park
Capital 3 Virginia, Centenary

 NORTH QUALIFICATION ZONE (1 qualifying spot)

FNQ Stratford Dolphins, Mareeba, FNQ Heat NPL
NQ Brothers, Burdekin, Warriors, Rebels, Northern Fury NPL
Mackay Whitunsday, Magpies
CQ CQ Mariners, Clinton, Frenchville, Capricorn Coast, Nerimbera, Central, Southside, CQFC Energy NPL

SOUTH QUALIFICATION ZONE (1 qualifying spot)

Wide Bay Bingera, Gympie Diggers
Sunshine Coast Caloundra, Noosa Lions, Sunshine Coast Fire NPL
South-West Qld Nanango, Willowburn, South West Queensland Thunder NPL
Gold Coast Palm Beach NPL, Murwillumbah