BRISBANE – CAPITAL LEAGUE 4 – MID SEASON REVIEW BY MERSON KEAN

Brisbane’s fifth tier of football, Capital League 4 has seen some twists and turns so far and as we head into the business end,it’s well in the balance.

This season’s title race has been highly contested by Acacia Ridge,Tarragindi Tigers and Bethania Rams but its Ridge who lead the way at the halfway point scoring a staggering 57 goals in their 12 games. Acacia Ridge suffered relegation from Capital 3 last year and an instant return looks highly likely. Acacia’s Juan Jaimes has been the key to their success scoring 16 goals in the first half of the year.

Tarragindi Tigers have made a drastic change from last year’s showing as they lay second with a game in hand at the halfway.The Tigers have had the services of Ryan Birch and Michael King who have scored 26 between them in 11 games. Esher Street has been a fortress so far for the Tigers as they have won every match their.

Bethania Rams have had a mixed campaign this time around but still find themselves not too far away from the top two.The Opperman Park side have had some big scoring matches during the season but have lost a considerable amount too, the clash at Esher Street against the Tigers will make or break their season in terms of finishing in the top two.

Logan Village find themselves in the mix as we head into the final half of the season. A few good results have pushed them in with a shout of a playoff spot and a win over Tarragindi and 4-0 drubbing of Bethania of late has showed what they are capable of. The Falcons will have to eliminate defeats like they suffered last weekend away at Acacia if they are to have any chance of a top two finish.

The Lakes sit in the middle of the Capital 4 ladder at the halfway and to be fair it seems a fair reflection of their season. A run of mixed results has seen them slip away from a top two finish,but if they can mount a run of wins, then anything is possible. They will have to do it without former Peninsula player, Shaun Feuerrieguel, who has gone back to Premier League club Peninsula Power for another spell.The Lakes top scorers Dominic Azzarello and Ryan Keong will have to continue their form in front of goal to keep their club in the running for the end of season play offs.

Bardon Latrobe’s inconsistency has held them back from pushing the top four and a mixed set of results has seen them fall away from the chasing pack. Bardon still have a game in hand which is maybe their last glimmer of hope as a top four berth seems quite a way away.

Mooroondu got off to a horrible start to the season losing a number of games and suffering heavy defeats but they have definitely improved since the early days. A recent 4-1 home win over Bardon is one for the team to build on. Mooroondu have improved but are still known to have the odd poor performance, the recent 9-2 loss to promotion contenders Tarragindi pays testimony to that. Improvement will be needed to improve on their table position, just one point ahead of bottom of the table Greenbank.

Greenbank were relegated from Capital 3 in 2013 after a dreadful season that saw them finish rock bottom. Things have only got worse for the Greens as they sit rock bottom of the table. They’ve had numerous heavy defeats at this level and will want for this one to end so they can focus on the 2015 campaign.

PREDICTIONS

PREMIERS– ACACIA RIDGE
PROMOTED– TARRAGINDI
PLAYOFFS– ACACIA RIDGE, TARRAGINDI, BETHANIA RAMS, LOGAN VILLAGE FALCONS

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