By Merson Kean – Brisbane Correspondent
After a finale to the 2014 season we could never forget, Brisbane’s Capital League One swings back into action and here is our preview.
ANNERLEY survived relegation at the end of last season after a really poor start but managed to finish just two points above the drop zone. They will be looking for a much higher finish this year with former Ipswich Knights assistant Russell Mapri taking charge of the side for the 2015 competition. Annerley will have their work cut out with the loss of Tom Kedda to Bayside and Jarryd Braybrook to newly promoted Taringa.
COACH – RUSSELL MAPRI (Ipswich Knights assistant coach in 2014)
KEY PLAYER – JAYMES O’BRIEN was influential in last years survival scoring ten goals in total, helping Annerley stay in Brisbane’s second tier.
Annerley 1-2 Acacia Ridge
BAYSIDE UNITED narrowly missed out on promotion after Taringa pipped them to the post in the final five minutes of the regular season. The Lota-based club have lost a percentage of last season’s players, Harun Omerovic to Capital 2’s Souths with Jaspal Benning and Brandon Hewitson departing to the Premier League’s Logan FC. Despite quite a few big exits, new coach Roy Wiseman from Annerley has brought a lot of his personnel over in Tom Kedda, Dominic Siedentoph, Aaron Horne and Jacob Fripp who all starred in Annerley’s survival in Capital 1.
KEY PLAYER-TOM KEDDA proved himself at Annerley building out of the reserve grade in 2013 before grabbing his chance in the firsts, rattling in seven goals last season.
COACH – ROY WISEMAN (from Annerley in 2014)
Slacks Creek 0-2 Bayside
Taringa 3-1 Bayside
Bayside 2-0 Coolum
Redcliffe PCYC 0-1 Bayside
BRISBANE FORCE were relegated out of the Premier league last year due to the highly controversial Club Championship that exists in Brisbane’s top flight. As a result, there have been a number of departures from the club, most notably Emmanuel Peter who has gone over to Ipswich Knights and Ryan Faichnie joining Capalaba.
KEY PLAYER – ALEXANDER WILLIAMS was a joint top scorer last year in the Premier League chipping in with four goals and will be key for the Richlands club if they are too bounce back at the first time of asking.
BRISBANE KNIGHTS were promoted out of Capital 2 last year after a late surge, the Rocklea club back in Capital 1 at the first opportunity after relegation in 2013. The Knights have made a whole host of new signings to go along with most of last year’s squad and will be challenging for promotion this year if they can maintain consistency. The club has brought in the likes of Daniel Simic from Lions, David McEvoy from Wolves and Manuel Garcia from Caboolture while Capital 4 winner Gustavo Perez who was instrumental for Acacia Ridge last season.
KEY PLAYER – CLAUDIO ROMANO has been around the Knights squad for some time and it’s his time to shine scoring 6 in last years promotion season and has been a key goalscorer for the Rocklea based club for a while now.
COACH – MATTHEW RAUB
Wolves 1-1 Brisbane Knights
GRANGE THISTLE had a good run in Capital 1 last year and surprised many as they were expected to go straight back down after being promoted in 2013. Last year’s coach Pouria Nabi has moved on and joined Albany Creek taking Jo Di Renzo and Nasser Mehnat Gir with him. Thistle have strengthened signing a host of players in Guy Bimrose from Capalaba, Ben Canty and Justin Harris from Brisbane Force and Caleb Mayberry from Pine Hills.
KEY PLAYER – CALEB MAYBERRY is a decent player and proved that in his time at Pine Hills in Capital 1 over recent campaigns. He should fit in well into this Grange Thistle team and looks likely to net a few as the season goes along.
COACH – TREVOR BOUKER (2014 Reserves coach)
Grange Thistle 1-1 Moggill
Pine Hills 4-2 Grange Thistle
Pine Rivers 2-0 Grange Thistle
HOLLAND PARK HAWKS won promotion into Capital 1 by a country mile last year and thoroughly deserved it scoring a staggering 91 goals in their 22 league games, winning 17 games along the way. Experienced coach Ben Ryan has taken over at the Hawks after leaving Albany Creek midway through the 2014 season but has a good squad to work with despite losing UK import Luke Carr who returned back to England.Dean Le Petit, Mark Rasmussen and Luke Proctor have all remained at the club, all three key to the Hawks’ success last season.
KEY PLAYER – PABLO AVILES has played Premier League football for Lions in recent seasons and should be influential in the Hawks promotion chances, chipping in with a healthy amount goals for the Richlands based club in recent seasons.
COACH – BEN RYAN (departed Albany Creek mid-way through 2014)
Noosa 3-3 Holland Park
Acacia Ridge 0-2 Holland Park
Holland Park 1-3 Taringa
MOGGILL came home with a wet sail last season, making the final series with a last day of the season away win at Taringa. They have kept most of last year’s squad and will be looking to go one step further than finals football this year and will be going all out for promotion into the Premier League which would be a huge achievement. Jamie Lowndes will take charge this year after Donald McAuley moved over to UQFC to coach the Reserve grade side.
KEY PLAYER – CALLAN SPENCE proved himself in last years campaign scoring eleven goals to parachute the Yellow and Black outfit from mid table into top four contention.
COACH – JAMIE LOWNDES
Taringa 1-2 Moggill
Moggill 0-6 Brisbane Strikers
Grange Thistle 1-1 Moggill
MOUNT GRAVATT HAWKS had a very average season in 2014 and you never knew what you were going to get from the side from Dittmar Park but this season, with a few new signings, the club has hopes for a return to the Premier League after a 4 year absence. Hawks had some good results in the pre season beating the Premier League’s UQFC 3-0 and a strong Souths United side 3-1, both on their home turf.
KEY PLAYER – DANIEL MORCUS rattled in six last season and his goals kept the side away from the lower ends of the Capital 1 table.
Mount Gravatt 3-1 Souths
Mount Gravatt 3-0 UQFC
NORTH PINE were another team who found a purple patch of form late last season ending the season in sixth spot. The Gorillas have had a unique pre season workout as the squad travelled to South Australia to face Para Hills where they just lost while notching a win over near-neighbours Peninsula Power in December 2014. They have brought in Sean Heaney from Power, Mitch Scheumack from Moreton Bay and Andrew Lincoln from rivals Pine Rivers, these players sure to be key for a bid to re-enter the top flight.
KEY PLAYER – ANDREW LINCOLN has signed from Pine Rivers and is a great signing for the Gorillas scoring 5 last year for Pine’s local rivals Pine Rivers and will be hungry to score against his former club on round one.
COACH – AARON PHILIP (returning for 2014)
Peninsula Power 1-2 North Pine
Albany Creek 1-1 North Pine
Para Hills (South Australia) 2-0 North Pine
North Pine 2-2 UQFC
North Pine 0-1 Caboolture
NORTH STAR were relegated out of the Trophy Superstore Premier League last season after their four year stay in the top flight. North Star have appointed coach Mark Youngjohns who was in charge of Capital 1 Bayside in the second half of last year but he will have his work cutout after Japanese imports Shimon Watanabe, Yuji Hirayama and Rinichi Mikami left the club.
KEY PLAYER – CALEB EMBREY was at Pine Hills last year scoring eight goals but couldn’t rescue the Python’s season. Embrey will fit in well with North Star this year as the Zillmere side look to bounce back at the first attempt.
COACH – MARK YOUNGJOHNS (from Bayside United in 2014)
Kangaroo Point Rovers 1-6 North Star
PINE RIVERS missed out on finals football at the last hurdle last season as Moggill stole their place in the finals on the final day. Rivers have recruited Andy West as head coach, Pine Hills’s coach last season and despite losing Andrew Lincoln, the club has pulled in some decent players in Luke Condon, Matthew James and Johnathon Walsh from Mitchelton, Martyn Freestone and Jamie Bryson from overseas. Another club in a highly competitive league who will be looking to re-enter top flight football.
KEY PLAYER – JAMIE BRYSON is an import from the UK who has played for Longridge Town and tasted success with the Lancashire club last campaign over in England.
COACH – ANDY WEST (from Pine Hills in 2014)
Pine Rivers 3-1 Caboolture
Pine Rivers 2-0 Grange Thistle
Pine Rivers 1-0 Albany Creek
SOUTHSIDE EAGLES had a poor season overall last year and finished up in seventh place losing ten out of their games while conceding thirteen more goals than they scored. Eagles have lost the services of Zaur Ismailov who has gone to Wolves FC and Sam Wood who has moved overseas. On the opposite side of the ledger, the club has signed Todd Gordon from Holland Park and Ethan McCoy from Brisbane Force.
KEY PLAYER – ETHAN MCCOY was one of Force’s best players in last year’s Premier League campaign and will boost the Bulimba based club chances of promotion into Brisbane’s top flight.
COACH – ROGER HUNTER (returning for 2015)
Southside Eagles 0-0 Palm Beach
Logan Lightning 2-2 Southside Eagles