Five Things…. NPL Queensland – Round 11

Saturday arvo’s not alright

Saturday 3pm is a time the purists appreciate as a kickoff time but it doesn’t seem to be for the general football supporter.

That was the timeslot for Saturday afternoon’s fixture between Palm Beach and FNQ Heat at the Mallawa Complex and to say that the match lacked atmosphere would be an understatement. The ground was virtually empty up until 15 minutes prior to kickoff while the viewer numbers for the live stream and social media comments on the game were much lower than normal, unusual for a match involving the Heat whose supporters normally clamour onto any piece of information they can get on an away game.

The lack of popularity for Saturday afternoon football has also been reflected in our radio numbers, our one broadcast this year in that slot resulted in the lowest listenership for an NPL match.

With junior football commitments taking up most of the Saturday daylight hours and people needing to attend to the necessary chores such as shopping, it’s difficult to engage people at that time of day. It’s a tough task for Football Queensland in scheduling a statewide competition involving the logistics of a travel component.

 

Back to form?

There was talk he’d retired at the end of last year due to back issues, then we heard he was going to Brisbane Premier League club, Peninsula Power but Tim Smits found Goodwin Park irresistible, ending up back at Olympic for a third successive campaign.

Goals have been hard to come by in 2015 for the noted marksman but they well and truly flowed on Saturday night against the Pride, where he scored a hat-trick. Is that the catalyst in the dam walls bursting open on a possible goal scoring run from Smits?

We’ll go some way to finding that out on Friday night as Moreton Bay travels to Goodwin Park where Smits will be in the frontline for Olympic against another ex-Roar A-League player in Royce Brownlie. Throw in the other attacking weapons of Rhys Meredith, Michael Lee and Danny Byrne for Olympic and Charles Mendy, Jordan Farins and Stephen Green for the Jets and it could be an old-fashioned shootout, this fixture has produced twenty-seven goals in the five matches played between these sides in NPL history.

 

Fire doused

The winning run has come to a shuddering end for the Sunshine Coast Fire in recent weeks with consecutive losses in the past two weeks. That has seemingly ruled them out of the Premiership race and locked themselves into a four-way battle with Palm Beach, the Pride and the Fury for a finals berth.

It will be a test of character as to how the side bounces back from this setback, in amongst what could be a set of challenges if a FFA Cup run develops, throwing up the added factor of having to contend with midweek matches.

 
Pretty in pink

Congratulations to the Northern Fury on their initiative in last week’s home game where the side (and in fact the whole club) turned out in pink jerseys to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation. A portion of proceeds from the sales of shirts and supporter polos and all gate takings went to the Foundation as a fundraiser.

From all accounts, it was a success and we’ll hopefully see other clubs doing similar in the future.

 

It’s amazing what working together can do

It’s not out of last week’s NPL round but it does involve two NPL clubs. Last week’s FFA Cup clash between Brisbane Strikers and Moreton Bay lived up to all expectations, a quality match that was tight and tense until the end competed in by the current top two clubs in the league.

Like many other clubs in their FFA Cup matches, the Strikers encouraged their juniors to attend the event and they did so in large numbers that added to the atmosphere on the night. It’s been fantastic to see clubs getting on board and seeing

From our perspective, the live stream we broadcast of the match generated a massive number of watchers with national interest being shown in the game. This goes to prove how the FFA Cup has been embraced by the footballing public. We welcomed the assistance of Football Queensland and Football Brisbane in promoting our broadcast and shows what can be achieved when we all work together as one for the good of football.

 

LIVE coverage this weekend:

Friday 7pm – Olympic v Moreton Bay – QSN Radio

Sunday 3pm – Brisbane City v Sunshine Coast – Football Queensland Live Stream

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