Once again, we’ve tried to take a look at the pick of the matches from around the state as we begin to determine Premiers and finalists. Here’s the matches that you should try and catch this weekend.
A match critical to both clubs for differing reasons takes place at Elder Oval with Annerley hosting Holland Park. This is the second week in a row these clubs have met and it’s top against bottom. Last week Holland Park secured promotion to the 2016 Premier League and this week need a point to win the Premiership. The hosts also need a point but that is to avoid relegation. Kickoff is at 8:30pm.
Bardon Latrobe are another side that earned promotion last week and with a point this week would wrap up the Premiership. Waiting for them at Bowman Park is second-place Mooroondu, the only side that can deny them a top of the table finish. The weather is looking good so it should be a great way to spend a lazy Saturday arvo. Kickoff at 3pm
Then you can make the short trek across to the NPL match between Brisbane City and Redlands at Corporate Travel Management Stadium. City’s youth policy looks to be paying dividends with several good results in recent weeks but will that enthusiasm be enough to overcome the Redlands juggernaut whose quest for a finals spot will provide their motivation. 6pm kickoff
Both sides coming off losses after their respective FFA Cup matches, they’ll be looking to get over that hangover as Palm Beach travel to Perry Park to meet the Brisbane Strikers. The Strikers motivation is the Premiership while the Sharks are in the thick of contention for a finals berth. 2:30pm start for that one.
Third versus fourth on Friday night as Surfers Paradise in a purple patch of form after defeating previous top of the table Broadbeach last weekend make the journey across the border to take on Murwillumbah. Kickoff is at 8:30pm at Jim Devine Field.
Woombye will be able to wrap up the Premiership with a draw but in their way is one of their toughest opponents, third placed Kawana who had their Premiership bid crueled by administrative errors. Woombye are the hosts with kickoff at 6pm Saturday night.
It’s an all-Bundaberg affair in the Three Cities League clash between the second and third placed sides on the ladder when Martens Oval hosts Brothers Aston Villa and Across The Waves. Both those sides are trying to chase down the leaders United Park Eagles who play beforehand against Diggers. Kickoff from 5pm.
The Gap will travel up the range looking for a win to secure the NPL Womens Premiership but they won’t have it their own way with the SWQ Thunder seeing an improvement in their second half of the season form. Get along to Clive Berghofer Stadium for a 1pm Saturday kickoff.
Bluebirds are neck and neck with Southside for a finals spot so all three points will be valuable when they host Capricorn Coast at Webber Park on Saturday night. If Bluebirds do make the post-season, they’re likely to come up against this week’s opponents in the first week of the finals so plenty of intrigue in this one. Kickoff at 7pm.
The league leaders, Wanderers travel to Magpies on Sunday afternoon. Magpies are looking to reduced the gap in the current ladder and replicate their 2014 success. Kickoff at 3pm.
Two of the heavyweights of Townsville football clash on Saturday night at Hi Vista Park with Brothers hosting MA Olympic. The hosts are battling for a finals berth in a bid to claim another Grand Final win. Kickoff at 7pm.
FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND
Matches between the FNQ Heat and Olympic in Cairns have never failed to disappoint. All three encounters have been gripping with never more than a goal between the two sides. Olympic are still in the Premiership hunt while the Heat are looking for consecutive finals appearances. Kickoff at 6:30pm Saturday night at Barlow Park.