By Rafe Griffin – Regional Correspondent
The Gold Coast’s BLK Premier League and Wide Bay’s SEA FM Three Cities League got underway over the past weekend, here’s a wrap of both competitions in our weekly Regional Round-Up.
GOLD COAST BLK PREMIER LEAGUE
An exciting high-scoring affair opened up the 2015 competition on Friday night as Merrimac raced off to a 4-1 lead against last year’s runners-up, Mudgeeraba. You would think that would have been a relatively safe cushion but not to be. Added to the uphill mountain of a three-goal deficit, Mudgeeraba were reduced to ten men for most of the second half but that didn’t stop them claiming a point, the match ending at 4-4.
Surfers Paradise opened the scoring through Luke Sleight but goals to Matt Chisholm and Jack Elvers ensured Coomera would take three points from the opening round for the second year in a row as 2-1 winners.
The battle of the promoted sides saw Magic United record their first ever Premier League win over Palm Beach, 2-0. Neil Munro and Robbie Smith getting on the scoresheet.
Broadbeach literally picked up where they left off. After scoring six in their last Premier League match, the 2014 Grand Final where they were successful over Mudgeeraba, it was another half a dozen goal haul, this time 6-1 winners over Murwillumbah who finished the match with ten men. Justin Watmough with a double was named man of the match, Tom McNeish also with a brace and Lee Verson and Russell Miner rounding out the scorers for the home side.
Next weekend’s match of the round: A 2014 grand final rematch where Mudgeeraba will want to get their revenge against Broadbeach.
1. Broadbeach 3
2. Magic United 3
3. Coomera 3
4. Merrimac 1
5. Mudgeeraba 1
6. Surfers Paradise 0
7. Palm Beach 0
8. Murwillumbah 0
WIDE BAY SEA FM THREE CITIES LEAGUE
Last year’s Bundaberg Division One runners-up, Moore Park Beach have amalgamated with North Bundaberg in the off-season to form United Park Eagles and the merged club couldn’t have got off to a better start accounting for fellow Bundy side, Alloway 4-2
Diggers took 2014’s Fraser Coast League’s Grand Final winners, Doon Villa all the way but the Maryborough side got the win on the road 3-2. Craig Dewar and Reece Hayman netting for the home side, Lachlan Kenny with a double and Sam Kirk for Villa.
It was the reverse result where the Bundaberg side, Brothers Aston Villa travelled to Maryborough’s Sunbury to claim the three points with Blake O’Brien, Hayden Scarborough and Jake Brough finding the back of the net in a 3-0 win.
2014 dual title winners Across The Waves ensured their best chance of a repeat after a 2-1 win against United Warriors. Sam Hill netting for Warriors with former CQ Energy NPL player, Bryce Ruthven turning out for Waves.
A fantastic start for the new entrants to the league, Fraser Flames picking up a point away from home to Bundaberg’s Bingera in a 1-1 draw.
2014 was a hapless one for KSS Jets, not recording a win for the season but the 8-1 defeat of Tinana will provide no end of confidence for this season. Hat-tricks to Andrew Wotherspoon and John Cullen with Richard Azzopardi and Adam Bell chiming in with goals of their own ensured the Jets will be top of the league at the end of the opening round, Tinana’s goal coming through Jayden Bulmer.
Next weekend’s match of the round: Another 2014 Grand Final rematch between Across The Waves and United Park Eagles.
The McDonalds Sunshine Coast Premier League will open their competition next weekend.