BRISBANE – CAPITAL 3 2015 PREVIEW

By Merson Kean – Brisbane Correspondent

ACACIA RIDGE claimed the double in last year’s Capital 4 last year, earning promotion in the process. Ridge have a really strong squad and stormed straight through Capital 4, scoring a staggering sum of 102 goals in the process. The opening fixture of 2015 saw them lose their opening FFA Cup clash 4-0 to Capital 2’s Souths. Despite this, we expect Acacia Ridge to be there or thereabouts come season’s end.

KEY PLAYER – JUAN JAIMES scored 28 goals last season and was top scorer, his goals helping hugely towards promotion and he has re-signed for this 2015 campaign.

FFA CUP ROUND 2

Souths 4-0 Acacia Ridge

PRE SEASON Annerley 1-2 Acacia Ridge

Acacia Ridge 0-2 Holland PH

AC CARINA had a very average season last time around finishing seventh, twelve points off finals football. Despite that, they already have a trophy in the cabinet after winning the pre-season NAB Cup that they hosted where they performed well. Carina have Tim Moore in charge for the new campaign who has experience from his time at Kangaroo Point and under his watch, the club will be aiming for promotion up into Brisbane’s third tier.

KEY PLAYER – RICHIE STOCKMAN was key last season as the club’s top scorer and he will be dangerous for many defences during the 2015 season.

COACH – TIM MOORE

FFA CUP ROUND 2

The Gap 6-2 AC Carina

PRE SEASON

ACCarina 5-0 Kangaroo PR (NAB CUP)

AC Carina 4-2 Toowong (NAB CUP)

AC Carina 3-3 Narangba

AC Carina 2-0 Toowong (NAB CUP FINAL)

CLAIRVAUX maintained their Capital 3 league place after promotion from Capital 4 in 2013 with a 2014 eighth position, well away from the relegation zone. The Mount Gravatt club didn’t get off to the greatest of starts losing their FFA Cup qualifying encounter to Westside 3-0 but were missing a host of players but should be raring to go when they take on Ridge Hills on Friday.

KEY PLAYER – MOSES DAVIS was the club’s top scorer in 2014 with a total of nine goals and helped them stay well clear of the bottom two.

FFA CUP ROUND 2

Clairvaux 0-3 Westside

JIMBOOMBA survived relegation by just four points at the end of last season and will be looking for more of a security blanket this season. They won their opening cup game 3-1 over new boys North Brisbane to progress to the next round where they take on Premier League outfit Albany Creek.

KEY PLAYER – JOSHUA BASKETT found the net twice in the recent cup game to add to the four he scored last season and will be key as the season goes on if Jimboomba are to stay in the division

FFA CUP ROUND 2

Jimboomba 3-1 North Brisbane

KANGAROO POINT ROVERS stayed up last season in Capital 2 but asked to drop down a level after deciding they didn’t quite have the squad to match that league’s competition. KPR lost convincingly to Slacks Creek 4-0 in their Cup Qualifier and things don’t look good for the inner city club going into the 2015 campaign.

COACH – TAD SARNA

FFA CUP ROUND 2

Kangaroo PR 0-4 Slacks Creek

PRE SEASON

Kangaroo PR 1-6 North Star

Kangaroo PR 0-3 Toowong (NAB CUP)

Narangba 0-5 Kangaroo PR (NAB CUP)

AC Carina 5-0 Kangaroo PR (NAB CUP)

NARANGBA had a good run for most of the 2014 campaign but failed to win promotion back to Division 2 at the first time of asking after a poor run at the end of the season.

Narangba took Capital 2’s Park Ridge to extra time in their opening cup game but lost out 3-1. The Eagles will be difficult to beat for many sides and will be going for promotion after a year away from the third tier.

FFA CUP ROUND 2

Narangba 1-3 Park Ridge (AET)

PRE SEASON

AC Carina 3-3 Narangba (NAB CUP)

Narangba 0-5 Kangaroo PR (NAB CUP)

Toowong 8-0 Narangba (NAB CUP)

NEW FARM surprised many last season when they had a late surge up the table and took that form into the finals series dumping Toowong and Centenary out of the finals along the way before losing out on penalties to Westside in the Grand Final. The inner city club has already been involved in an early cup shock when they defeated Capital 2 outfit Ipswich City in Round 2 to set up a next round tie with Mount Gravatt.

KEY PLAYER-ANDREW BALZAT added seven goals to New Farm’s last minute surge last season which saw them make the Grand Final and already has one after netting in the cup win over the Bulls.

FFA CUP ROUND 2

New Farm 2-1 Ipswich City

RIDGE HILLS were pretty ordinary last season but managed to survive the drop but this year things will be tough for the side from Stanley Day Park as the competition will be a lot more competitive compared to last season. Hills are already out of the cup as they went down 3-0 to Capital 4 Mooroondu. Top 4 would be the aim but it will be a tough ask.

KEY PLAYER-CHRISTOPHER SZANTAR was top scorer last time around with ten and after a horrible start in the FFA Cup, his side will look to his goals to get them into contention for finals football come August.

FFA CUP ROUND 2

Mooroondu 3-0 Ridge Hills

SAMFORD RANGERS were dreadful in 2014 and were relegated down into Capital 3 as a result and will be looking to bounce back. Rangers won’t have it easy despite dropping down a division but they did sneak a 2-1 win over Capital 4 Logan Village to progress into Round 3 of the cup.

KEY PLAYER – JAMES GRAY has already got one to his name scoring in the FFA Cup win over Village Falcons and will be influential if Samford are to get back into Capital 2.

FFA CUP ROUND 2

Samford 2-1 Logan Village

TARRAGINDI TIGERS won promotion after a great last season in Capital 4. Tarragindi fought off competition from Bethania throughout last season but came through strong winning fifteen games, racking up a total of 82 goals in the process. The Tigers will be looking for promotion up into Capital 2 come the end of the campaign and definitely will be in and amongst it as several of last season’s Holland Park Hawks have moved to Esher Street for the 2015 campaign.

KEY PLAYER – RYAN BIRCH rattled in 26 in last year’s promotion season up into Capital 3 and despite the step up the Tigers will be hoping for more of the same as they start there charge through the divisions.

FFA CUP ROUND 2

Tarragindi 1-3 Redcliffe PCYC

TOOWONG had problems with consistency in the 2014 season and as a result cost them promotion as they ended in third place but missed out by nine points in a league run by the Stormers and Westside. Toowong should be around the action again at the end of round 22 but it will be a battle if they are to be one of the two who are promoted at the end of the season.

KEY PLAYER – ROB TEWKSBURY was influential in the 2014 season chipping in with fourteen and will be looking for more this campaign to get the greens up into Cap 2.

FFA CUP ROUND 2

Toowong 0-3 Newmarket

COACH – BRENDON BOSS

PRE SEASON

AC Carina 4-2 Toowong (NAB CUP)

Kangaroo PR 0-3 Toowong (NAB CUP)

Toowong 8-0 Narangba (NAB CUP)

AC Carina 2-0 Toowong (NAB CUP FINAL)

VIRGINIA UNITED finished in mid table last campaign, sixth to be precise and struggled to be able to maintain a run of results and ended up ten points away from finals football. They will be aiming for a top four finish come the end of the season and got off to a flyer when they won their FFA Cup qualifier against Logan City Kings which set up a tricky away trip to Premier League Capalaba in Round 3.

KEY PLAYER – MARK CLAYDON was United’s top scorer last season with seven and will be hoping for a few more to finish this season in a much more rewarding spot.

FFA CUP ROUND 2

Virginia 3-1 Logan City Kings

PRE SEASON

Virginia 3-1 Lions City 1

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