NPL Queensland Round 7 – Why it matters


Olympic v Brisbane Strikers

A top four clash that could determine the fate of both club’s title ambitions, even at this early stage.

Olympic win and they join the Strikers on 14 points. Lose and they’ll have sides like Sunshine Coast and Northern Fury waiting to take their place in the top four.

For the Strikers, it’s an opportunity to consolidate top place on the table and keep their season’s unbeaten streak alive. They’ll be keen to keep their good record from last year against Olympic intact, winning both encounters 3-2.

Listen to this match LIVE on QSN Radio from 6:55pm on Friday night.

Redlands v Sunshine Coast
Redlands need to get on their bike and fast, otherwise it’s time to write off this season and start making preparations for the next. Reports abound that star left-winger, Frenchman Nico Bechar will finally be available for selection after receiving his international clearance, missing last week’s match due to a carry-over suspension from 2014. Recruited from Brisbane club Wolves, Matt Lyell, is in line for selection after injury woes and if he plays, should shore up Redlands defensive line.

The Fire will want to keep their purple patch of form going, looking to win three on the trot and potentially be in the top four by the end of the weekend.

SWQ Thunder v Palm Beach

After encouraging performances to start the season, Thunder have conceded eleven goals in their past two matches against the Heat and most recently the Fury. Back at home base after two weeks on the road, they’ll want to show the home faithful that they can stem the tide.

With key loss of Chris Lucas, this year was always going to be an uphill battle for Palm Beach to defend their titles. Sitting in ninth but with a game in hand, this is a banana-skin type of game they’ll want to ensure doesn’t make them slip up.

Northern Fury v Brisbane City

The Fury repaid their supporters last week against the Thunder after the heavy loss to the Fire prior to Easter. After spending their opening four weeks on the road, this is the last match in a three-game run at the Townsville Sports Complex so the priority will be to claim the three points to remain in the top half of the ladder.

Brisbane City are a work in progress under their new coach and this trip away could be the perfect tonic in providing an opportunity for some team bonding. There was a clear improvement from previous performances in their 3-1 loss to Olympic last week. If they can come away from Townsville with at least a point, that will be a sure sign of things heading in the right direction and to take some confidence into Tuesday night’s Cup clash against the Strikers.

FNQ Heat v Western Pride

The Heat put in probably their worst performance of the season last week against the Roar. They’ll be looking for consistency in the aim of getting out of their current win-lose, win-lose roller coaste. A loss in this match would start to see them lose sight of the top half of the ladder and make it an uphill battle to again play finals.

The Pride won their league encounter against Redlands last Saturday night but combine a tough last minute FFA Cup loss during the week with a long trip to the tropical climbs and that makes for a challenge in maintaining their current good ladder position.

Moreton Bay v Brisbane Roar 

This match has been postponed to a date to be determined. That is a godsend for the unbeaten Jets who would have been without two of their best players in goalkeeper Luke Borean and winger Charles Mendy who are representing the Jets in the World Football 5’s tournament in Dubai.