TROPHY SUPERSTORE PREMIER LEAGUE – 2015 PREVIEW

BRISBANE – TROPHY SUPERSTORE PREMIER LEAGUE PREVIEW
By Merson Kean – Brisbane Correspondent

So it’s that time again, the local football season upon us and here’s our look at the season ahead.

ALBANY CREEK have had a rocky pre season with some big defeats to Redlands and Western Pride but new coach Pouria Nabi says his side will surprise a lot of people this year. In recent days, the Iranian-born coach has signed Innocent Edagum who has played semi professionally in Italy adding to a couple of overseas imports and a host of existing players returning for this season.

KEY PLAYER – SASA RADULOVIC was instrumental for Wolves FC in recent years and has been a major contributor to the titles won by the Wynnum-based club over the past few years. Not only will he be a key player but the ACE players will be looking to him for mentorship in his assistant coach role.

COACH – POURIA NABI (from Capital 1 Grange Thistle)

PRE SEASON
Albany Creek 1-1 North Pine
Albany Creek 1-2 Brisbane City

SILVER BOOT
Albany Creek 0-8 Redlands
Western Pride 4-1 Albany Creek

CAPALABA had a decent end to last season’s Premier League ending up in sixth spot just two places away from finals football. Despite losing Steven Leslie and Alexander Warrilow, they have looked good in the pre season, demolishing local rivals Easts 4-1 and Ipswich Knights 4-1 in the process. The Bulldogs will be aiming for top four this year and they have every chance to if they stay consistent.

KEY PLAYER – JOSE MOJICA has shone during the pre season for the Bulldogs and looks to be a good signing. The Costa Rican has been lively down the flanks and has linked up well with the forwards and even grabbed a goal for himself in the clash against the Ipswich Knights.

COACH – PETER DAVIDSON (returning for 2015)

PRE-SEASON
Capalaba 2-6 Western Pride
Capalaba 4-1 Easts
Strikers 2-1 Capalaba

SILVER BOOT
Capalaba 4-1 Ipswich
Rochedale 3-0 Capalaba
Capalaba 1-1 Brisbane City

 

EASTERN SUBURBS are looking good going into the new campaign already earning silverware in after triumphing in the final of the Silver Boot.

The Tigers finished the last campaign in fourth place and were only knocked out of the post-season finals on the dreaded penalty shootout at the semi final stage. Easts have used a counter attacking style of play to get them success in the Silver Boot doing a job on Lions and Mitchelton along the way.

KEY PLAYER – RAMONE CLOSE is going to be Easts main focus this year if the Silver Boot is anything to go by as he has been utilised as a lone forward. With his pace to breakaway from defenders, he is in line score a considerable amount this season. Close was top scorer in the Silver Boot with seven goals matching the seven scored for Lions last year in the Premier League.

COACH – STEVE GLOCKNER (returning for 2015)

PRE-SEASON
Western Pride 3-4 Easts
Capalaba 4-1 Easts

SILVER BOOT
Easts 4-1 SWQ Thunder
Lions 1-3 Easts
Wolves 1-1 Easts
Easts 1-0 Mitchelton (Semi)
Easts 3-0 Rochedale (Final)

 

IPSWICH KNIGHTS survived relegation by the skin of their teeth last season in the new Club Championship set-up but did finished in seventh place which was a decent effort from the side amid the turmoil of coach Mark Dykman’s late season departure. Knights have lost Mitch Bird and Igor San Jose to Redlands and Scott Dykman to Moreton Bay which will be hard to replace after being amongst the Knights best players in 2014. Incoming coach Stuart Drinkeld will have a tough battle this season but inherits a playing group proud of their playing time at the Ipswich-based club.

KEY PLAYER – The Japanese TAIGA TAIGA has been the Knights best player in the Silver Boot and looks a likely replacement for the departing Igor San Jose.

COACH – STUART DRINKELD (former Ipswich Knights captain)

PRE-SEASON
Ipswich 1-0 SWQ Thunder

SILVER BOOT
Ipswich 1-4 Capalaba
Ipswich 1-2 Brisbane City
Rochedale 1-1 Ipswich

 

LIONS FC have been tipped by many for great things this campaign and have brought in Warren Moon from Peninsula Power who was co-coach of the Kippa-Ring club in recent seasons. The Richlands based club have signed some phenomenal players including Kado Aoci who has been a prolific goalscorer in recent season for Wolves, scoring 19 in Brisbane’s top flight last season. Lions have also signed Michael Butters, Alex Janovsky, Nathan Reardon, Ryan Love and Alex Schiavo who have been influential for their respective clubs in recent seasons. That combined with re-signed Lions players including Shaun Carlos and Brodie Kenyon

KEY PLAYER – KADO AOCI and his goal-scoring prowess will be key to where Lions will finish come the end of the year. As the Golden Boot winner for the last two seasons, he has proved a handful for any defence in the Premier League.

COACH – WARREN MOON (from Peninsula Power)

PRE-SEASON
Redlands 0-1 Lions
Western Pride 2-1 Lions

SILVER BOOT
Lions 3-0 Wolves
Lions 1-3 Easts
Lions 5-1 SWQ Thunder
LOGAN LIGHTNING had a good campaign last year finishing fifth and were a tough team to beat but this year they have strengthened with some decent signings in Brandon Hewitson and Jaspal Benning from Bayside and strong pacey attacker Michael Adarkwah from Capital 2 Grand Finalists Park Ridge. All three have impressed during the pre season. Lightning are challenging for top four this year but have suffered a set-back with an injury to key marksman, Phil Randal.

KEY PLAYER – BRANDON HEWITSON has signed from Capital 1’s Bayside and looked the Lightning’s best player in pre season. Solid in the middle of the park, winning back possession and going forward and will be key as the season goes along.

COACH – NICK CROYDEN (returning for 2015)

PRE SEASON
Logan 1-1 Lions FC
Logan 2-2 Southside Eagles
Logan 1-2 Moreton Bay
Logan 0-4 Strikers

SILVER BOOT
Strikers 3-0 Logan
Logan 5-0 UQFC
Logan 5-4 Olympic FC
Logan 1-2 Rochedale (Semi)
Logan 0-2 Mitchelton (3rd placed playoff)

 

MITCHELTON have had a change of personnel over the off-season with Sam Saif coming over from Wolves to take over as head coach bringing Daniel Shepherd, Drew Jeskey and Paul Mikula with him who have been influential for Wolves in recent seasons. Mitchie have been impressive in pre season grinding out some great results, one of them being a 2-1 win over Redlands and a 2-0 convincing win over Logan in the 3rd/4th place at the Silver Boot.

KEY PLAYER – PAUL SWITHENBANK enters his second year at the club and has looked the green and gold’s best player in pre season, scoring eight goals in Capital 1 last year to be Mitchie’s top scorer.

COACH – SAM SAIF (from Wolves FC)

PRE-SEASON
Mitchelton 0-2 Wolves
Olympic 3-5 Mitchelton
Moreton Bay 9-1 Mitchelton

SILVER BOOT
Mitchelton 2-1 Western Pride
Mitchelton 2-1 Redlands
Easts 1-0 Mitchelton (Semi)
Logan 0-2 Mitchelton (3rd place playoff)

PENINSULA POWER finished second last season and ultimately triumphed in the Grand Final thrashing Wolves 5-0 at Lions Stadium. Power have brought back former coach Terry Kirkham after a three year absence and have made some decent signings in Steven Cleary who returns from Redcliffe PCYC for another spell at the club, Jared Austin from Moreton Bay and Rinichi Mikami who was key at North Star last campaign. Power will have a point to prove given their ambitions and the large squad turnover from 2014.

KEY PLAYER – JARED AUSTIN has been Power’s best player in pre season so far being a handful for other sides’ defences to handle and was the stand out in the 2-1 win over 2014 NPL winners Palm Beach at the Macron Cup.

COACH – TERRY KIRKHAM (from Moreton Bay Jets)

PRE-SEASON

Peninsula Power 1-2 North Pine
Peninsula Power 2-3 Olympic FC
Peninsula Power 2-1 Palm Beach (Macron)
Peninsula Power 2-3 Sunshine Coast (Macron)
Peninsula Power 5-0 Maroochydore (Macron)
Peninsula Power 0-3 Olympic FC (Macron Cup Final)

 

ROCHEDALE had a transition period last year after a number of players left the club which resulted in a lower-placed 2014 finish but this year already looks like a different story. Rovers have imported in Daryll Grant, Dermott McCaffery a former Northern Ireland under 21 representative and Phil Davies from the UK forming a formidable combination in the back four when combined with the experience of Todd Gava. Mark Cruse has remained as coach and been joined by Scott McNicol who guided Peninsula Power to Grand Final victory last season.

KEY PLAYER – DARYLL GRANT who is a former Manchester City and Manchester United academy player has proved to be a good find for the Rovers, being one of the best players at the Silver Boot. Grant is a right back but his pacy bursts down the flanks and a goal now and again is proving to be the Rovers best asset ahead of the new season.

COACHES -MARK CRUSE (returning for 2014) and SCOTT MACNICOL (from Peninsula Power)

PRE-SEASON
Rochedale 0-4 Strikers

SILVER BOOT
Rochedale 3-0 Brisbane City
Rochedale 3-0 Capalaba
Rochedale 1-1 Ipswich
Rochedale 2-1 Logan (Semi)
Easts 3-0 Rochedale (Final)

 

TARINGA were promoted back to the Trophy Superstore Premier League at the end of the 2014 season in a heart-stopping catch-up match at Annerley and will be looking forward to getting their campaign underway. Rovers have looked good in pre-season in recent weeks beating a tough Holland Park side 3-1 and third place Capital 1 side Bayside 3-1 most recently. They will be aiming to stay up and maybe finish mid table this year in what promises to be a tough first campaign back in the top flight.

KEY PLAYER – STEVEN CHESTER has been influential for the club for a number of seasons now and seems to always find himself on the scoresheet, scoring 13 last year and was key in getting the Rovers promoted back into the Premier League.

COACH – MICK MATTHEWS (returning for 2015)

PRE SEASON
Taringa 1-2 Moggill
Taringa 2-3 Brisbane City
Holland Park 1-3 Taringa
Taringa 3-1 Bayside
UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND finished rock bottom of last years Trophy Superstore Premier League with a total of 13 points but survived relegation due to the new Club Championship system. The students have brought in a few new players but have also appointed Brian Hastings, the former Capalaba and North Star coach. UQFC will want to finish higher in the table than previous years where they have finished in the bottom few places.

KEY PLAYER – ASHVIN THURUMANATHAN has been excellent during the pre-season campaign and hasn’t put a foot wrong. He has an eye for goal too with some great dashing runs through the centre of park onto but hasn’t found the net this pre season but this seems due to change when the season gets underway.

COACH – BRIAN HASTINGS (left North Star mid-way through 2014)

PRE-SEASON RESULTS
Palm Beach 3-2 UQFC
UQFC 1-3 Brisbane City
North Pine 2-2 UQFC
Mount Gravatt 3-0 UQFC

SILVER BOOT
Olympic FC 8-0 UQFC
Logan 5-0 UQFC
Strikers 2-2 UQFC

WOLVES FC have had major changes over the off season with long serving Sam Saif departing the club and the majority of the 2014 TSPL winning squad leaving also. Wolves still have the services of Andrew Houghton who was key in between the sticks last year and Peter Gaffney who chipped in with a few goals last season. They will be aiming for a top half finish but any higher will be an uphill battle with a new make up of the side including 2014 reserve and fringe players making up the squad this campaign.

KEY PLAYER – PETER GAFFNEY will be key for the Wynnum based club this season after a whole number of players departed the club at the end of the 2014 season. Gaffney has captained the Silver Boot side in the pre season and has been very vocal on the field of play as per usual.

COACH – BOBBY HAMILTON (unattached in 2014)

PRE-SEASON
Wolves 0-15 Olympic (Macron)
Wolves 2-0 Mitchelton (Macron)
Wolves 0-6 Moreton Bay (Macron)
Wolves 1-1 Brisbane Knights

SILVER BOOT
Lions FC 3-0 Wolves
Wolves 2-3 SWQ Thunder
Wolves 1-1 Easts

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