The Weekend Ahead

One of the most common questions we get asked here at QSN is ‘I’ve got a few hours free this weekend, which games should I go out and see?’ So with games of greater importance as we come to the business end of the season, here’s our guide to some of the games that might tickle your fancy around the state this weekend.

BRISBANE AREA

Friday

Depending on your preference, one of our picks is the Brisbane Premier League match as second place Mitchelton host fourth Easts. The home side need to keep winning so as not to lose touch with Lions in the Premiership race while the visitors could potentially move into second with a win, a scenario unthinkable considering the slow start the Tigers made. Get along to Teralba Park for an 8:30pm kickoff

If you’re more inclined to the lower leagues, then the top of the table clash between Centenary and Souths in Capital 2 is for you. Souths are the league leaders and a win would open up a five-point lead with both sides to then play three remaining matches. All to play for at Atthows Park with an 8:30pm kickoff.

Saturday

There’s plenty to play for at Wolter Park in the NPL with Moreton Bay looking to keep in touch in the Premiership race while FNQ Heat are aiming to reel Redlands in for a finals spot. For an added bonus, you can catch the Albany Creek v Peninsula Brisbane Premier League that kicks off at 3:45pm

Depending on Friday night’s Mitchelton v Easts result, Lions could clinch the Brisbane Premier League Premiership at Carmichael Park against Wolves. Kickoff is at 5pm.

For a taste of the womens’ game, Heath Park hosts what two top-grade clubs as fourth placed Sunshine Coast make the trip down the M1 to meet second Easts. Kickoff is at 7pm.

Sunday

Olympic will be looking to put behind the disappointment of a heavy defeat to Brisbane Roar earlier in the NPL season at Goodwin Park. That match kicks off at 4pm, get your souvlaki fix and also enjoy the NPL womens game before it between Olympic and Palm Beach, that one kicking off at 2pm.

GOLD COAST

The chances for Mudgeeraba to finish in the top four are running out and if they can’t claim maximum points in their trip across the border to Murwillumbah, it may well be the end of the line. 5pm Saturday at Jim Devine Field, Murwillumbah to catch this one.

SUNSHINE COAST

All roads lead to Maroochydore who are currently in the middle of a five-match unbeaten streak as they host Noosa Lions on Saturday afternoon, themselves on an even more impressive seven-match run without tasting defeat. Noosa are in second place and looking to break down a four point gap to current leaders Woombye while Maroochydore need to keep the points coming in order to stave off a fast-finishing Caboolture in a chase for a finals position. Kickoff is at 5pm.

WIDE BAY

It’s an all-Maryborough clash at Federation Park on Saturday afternoon at 5pm as Sunbury and Doon Villa face off. Sunbury currently sit in sixth place, seven points adrift of Doon Villa who are in fourth so points will be vital to keep chances of claiming silverware alive.

CENTRAL QUEENSLAND

The Gladstone v Rockhampton rivalry continues on Saturday night when Clinton hosts Frenchville at Clinton Field. It’s a top of the table clash and Frenchville currently lead their opponents by three points on the ladder. With a far superior goal difference, victory in this match would see Frenchville clinch the Premiership. Kickoff is at 7pm.

TOOWOOMBA

West Wanderers will travel to Willowburn on Saturday night looking for three points to ensure they remain at the top of the standings, a position they lead only by goal difference over fellow Premiership aspirants, St Albans. The game gets underway at 7pm.

MACKAY

The Premier League womens game between Country United and Magpies is our pick for the weekend with Magpies looking to continue their outstanding season that is yet to see them defeated. Kickoff at 5pm at Country United’s field on Saturday.

TOWNSVILLE/NORTH QUEENSLAND

The Northern Fury will need the local support if they are to keep post-season dreams alive as they return for the first time in quite a while to the Townsville Sports Reserve against a Brisbane Strikers squad who are attempting to keep Moreton Bay at arm’s distance in the NPL Premiership chase. Kickoff is at 7:00pm.

If the local scene is more your thing, get along to Burt Street for the top of the table Premier League clash as runaway leaders MA Olympic look to secure the Premiership with a win against Warriors. Sunday 5pm is the appointed time for that one.

FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

It’s last chance saloon for Innisfail for a finals spot as they currently sit 5th and they play the club they will be looking to knock off for a place with Leichhardt making the trip south down the Bruce Highway. Match starts at 5pm at Steve Corica Oval on Saturday.

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