2015 BRISBANE CAPITAL 2 PREVIEW

By Merson Kean – Brisbane Correspondent

Last year’s Capital 2 season was something special, probably the most competitive and exciting league in Brisbane with decisions about promotion and top four spots going down to the wire. So let’s get ready to do it all over again with our look at the season ahead.

CENTENARY STORMERS were the surprise package last year, not just in Capital 3 but through the FFA Cup qualification round too, creating some exciting ties before ultimately hitting an Olympic brick wall. Stormers gained promotion into Capital 2 scoring a hatful of goals, 86 in total while only losing two games during the season. Stormers are already off to a flyer in this year’s FFA Cup qualifying, defeating Western Spirit convincingly 4-1.

KEY PLAYER – FEDJA MEHINAGIC scored 23 league goals for the Darra based club last season and guided them to promotion into Brisbane’s third tier.

COACH – TONY TOSCANIS (replaces Justin Robertson who becomes Western Pride’s Technical Director)

FFA CUP ROUND 2
Western Spirit 1-4 Centenary Stormers

PRE SEASON
Centenary Stormers 4-3 Acacia Ridge

IPSWICH CITY BULLS finished in fifth spot last season after a cracking last half of the season, having spells in the top four but in the end fell just two points shy. The Bulls lost out in a close opening FFA qualifying encounter at New Farm and will be hoping to brush that off in time for the first league game.

KEY PLAYER – ZYGAN CONDIE was key in the Bulls late surge up the table last season scoring 19 goals in 22 league affairs and if he can rattle in just as many this time the Bulls maybe in contention.

COACH – NEV O’SULLIVAN

FFA CUP ROUND 2
New Farm 2-1 Ipswich City

PRE SEASON
Oxley 5-0 Ipswich City
Ipswich City 2-2 Western Spirit

NEWMARKET had a decent last season last and narrowly missed out on promotion to Brisbane Knights. Newmarket will be without the services of Michael McGowan this year who scored a staggering 31 goals last season, he having moved on to Premier League new boys Mitchelton. Newmarket put Toowong to the sword in the Cup defeating them 3-0 to progress into the next round.

KEY PLAYER – ABUSODOR YUNIS was one of Newmarket’s best players last year and managed to knock in six goals and already has a goal to his name after scoring in the Cup triumph over Toowong.

COACH – TREVOR ROHDMANN

FFA CUP ROUND 2
Toowong 0-3 Newmarket

OXLEY UNITED struggled last season but managed to avoid the drop after a late run of results. Oxley were dumped out of the Cup at the weekend when Division 4 outfit Bardon Latrobe came away from Dunlop Park with a 2-1 win. Oxley will be aiming for a mid table finish but could finish higher if they can find consistency in 2015.

KEY PLAYER – BENJAMIN CLARKE was Oxley’s top scorer last season and he has signed up for another year at the club. After banging in 14 goals last season, he will be again be key to Oxley’s chances for the year ahead.

COACH – GARRY BOWDREN

FFA CUP ROUND 2
Oxley 1-2 Bardon Latrobe

PRE SEASON
Oxley 3-1 Lions City League 1
Oxley 5-0 Ipswich City

PARK RIDGE finished in fourth spot but made the Grand Final where they narrowly lost out in extra time in an epic match against Premiers, Holland Park. Ridge’s top goalscorer, Michael Adarkwah, has moved over to the Premier League’s Logan FC in the Premier so it will be up to the likes of Matwel Worku and Michael Wybranowski to step up and fill Adarkwah’s void. The Panthers had a great win in the Cup when they headed north last week and defeated Narangba and will now make a similar journey for the third round tie up at Dakabin against North Pine.

KEY PLAYER – MICHAEL WYBRANOWSKI has been influential for Ridge over the past season both providing assists and scoring, he also netted in last week’s 3-1 win out at Narangba in the cup.

COACH – MYLES MEREFIELD

FFA CUP ROUND 2
Narangba 1-3 Park Ridge (AET)

PRE SEASON
Park Ridge 1-5 Brisbane Knights
Park Ridge 1-2 Tarragindi Tigers
Park Ridge 4-2 Sunbury FC Blues (Maryborough)
Park Ridge 3-2 Annerley

PINE HILLS were relegated out of Capital 1 last year but after playing Premier league not so long ago, those days seem far away at the present point of time. Hills got off to the best possible start beating Greenbank 5-1 in the Cup and it should give them confidence going into the new season.

KEY PLAYER-LEWIS DENT scored two in the FFA Cup in the 5-1 win over Capital 4 side Greenbank and looks to be an exciting prospect for the Pythons going into this 2015 season.

COACH – ROGER HARDWICKE

FFA CUP ROUND 2
Pine Hills 5-1 Greenbank

PRE SEASON
Albany Creek 0-5 Pine Hills
Pine Hills 4-2 Grange Thistle

REDCLIFFE PCYC had a good first season in Capital 2 after being promoted and finished just four points out of the top four and at times in 2014, looked like they may win promotion two years in a row.The Dolphins have lost Steven Cleary to former club Peninsula Power but despite that loss, the club recorded a 3-1 win over Tarragindi Tigers in the Cup.

KEY PLAYER – BRANDON JENKINS was a regular scorer for the Redcliffe based club last season scoring twelve in total and already in goal-scoring form this year scoring a brace at Tarragindi.

FFA CUP ROUND 2
Tarragindi 1-3 Redcliffe PCYC

PRE SEASON
Redcliffe PCYC 1-4 Taringa
Redcliffe PCYC 0-1 Bayside

SLACKS CREEK were relegated to Capital 3 at the end of the season but have become somewhat lucky losers after Kangaroo Point Rovers asked to be put down into Capital 3 so the Tigers have another crack at Capital 2. Creek started the season in the best possible way, ironically defeating Kangaroo Point 4-0 in the Cup last week and will be hoping to take that form into the league.

KEY PLAYER – SAMUEL OATES was one of the Creek’s best player last campaign managed to stick in three goals for the Daisy Hill club.

COACH – ALAN KIEFER

FFA CUP ROUND 2
Kangaroo PR 0-4 Slacks Creek

PRE SEASON
Slacks Creek 0-2 Bayside

SOUTHS had a poor season in Capital 1 last season getting relegated after finishing rock bottom of the division by a considerable margin. However, positive signs for 2015 are showing with the signing of key striker Harun Omerovic with the Runcorn club looking to go straight back up at the first chance. After recording a convincing 4-0 win over the highly rated Acacia Ridge, it could be a productive year for the green and white hoops.

KEY PLAYER – HARUN OMEROVIC was key at Bayside last year, scoring 13 goals as the club’s top scorer and he should be a regular on the scoresheet for Souths this year as he drops down a league.

COACH – VERDRAN BECIRBEGOVIC

FFA CUP ROUND 2
Souths 4-0 Acacia Ridge

PRE SEASON
Mount Gravatt 3-1 Souths

THE GAP left their surge up the table too late and missed out by three points in getting into the 2014 finals series. The Gators were excellent last week dispatching AC Carina in the cup 6-2 and they will be looking to take that form into the opening weeks of the season. With better consistency throughout the 2015 season, they will be one to challenge for promotion into the league above.

KEY PLAYER – JAMES NILSEN was on the scoresheet when The Gap ran out 6-2 winners over AC Carina in the cup at the weekend and he picked up where he left off after scoring five times in last year’s Capital 2 side.

COACH – GERRY McAVOY

FFA CUP ROUND 2
The Gap 6-2 AC Carina

WESTERN SPIRIT were average last campaign and ended up in 8th in the ladder as they struggled to maintain a good run of results as the season went on.Spirit look to have their work cut out this time around after going down 4-1 in the cup to newly promoted Centenary Stormers but the Spirit will be looking to be in and amongst the top 4 come the end of the campaign.

KEY PLAYER – SAMUEL HAY was on the scoresheet against the Stormers last week and will be looking for more as the season progresses to parachute Spirit up the table.

COACH – NICK PATTERSON

FFA CUP ROUND 2
Western Spirit 1-4 Centenary Stormers

PRE SEASON
Ipswich City 2-2 Western Spirit

WESTSIDE won promotion into Capital 2 after an excellent last season, claiming the Grand Final when they beat New Farm on penalties, a fitting honour for the 50th anniversary of the club. The step up in quality will be tough but it’s a challenge the Grovely based club will be looking to take by the scruff of the neck, aiming for back to back promotions. 2015 got off to a great start seeing off Clairvaux 3-0 in the Cup last weekend.

KEY PLAYER – TOM WRIGHT scored a hat-trick in the 3-0 cup win and will be hungry for more during the Capital 2 season in a bid to boost Westside’s chances.

COACH – MICHAEL GOODA

FFA CUP ROUND 2
Clairvaux 0-3 Westside

Advertisements