2016 Brisbane Capital Leagues Fixtures Released

By Merson Kean – (@mersonk1)

Three months out from kick off in the Brisbane local football scene, the fixtures have been released for the 2016 season and here is our take on the draws for the Mens Capital Leagues.

CAPITAL ONE

After a long reign at the top end of Brisbane football, Wolves FC make the drop out of the top flight but will be looking to bounce back when they host Pine Rivers on opening weekend.

Newly promoted Centenary Stormers will travel to Bayside for their first encounter in Brisbane’s second tier after back to back promotion.

Souths United also won promotion, deservedly so after imposting their authority in 2015’s Capital Two. To replicate that success, they start this campaign at Zillmere in facing North Star.

In the other opening weekend games, relegated Taringa travel to Mount Gravatt for a showdown with the Hawks while Grange Thistle host Brisbane Knights. The final game of the round sees Moggill and Southside meet, those clubs featuring in an epic match last year where Moggill led 3-0 with minutes to go only to be pegged back to a 3-3 draw in a late Eagles comeback.

FIXTURES TO LOOK OUT FOR

Round 1 – Wolves v Pine Rivers. Wolves FC first game in the second tier and it’s not an easy opening against last year’s Canale Cup finalists.

Round 3 – Bayside v Taringa in what is a repeat of the 2014 Capital One Grand Final.

Round 5 – Bayside and Wolves FC set up derby day in the east as the visitors make their first trip to Don Randall in a while for a competitive game.

Round 10 – Another derby, this time on the northside as Grange Thistle hosts North Star.

CAPITAL TWO

This league has traditionally been a competitive division and I expect 2016 to be no different.

New Farm have worked their socks off in recent seasons and that has paid off when they take to the field in Brisbane’s third tier for the first time against the relegated Annerley.

Fellow promotees Acacia Ridge have a tough test to open up with when they go to Sutton Park to take on Ipswich City.

Brisbane Force are back after they folded halfway through last season and their opening test will see them host Pine Hills.

In other games The Gap travel to Goodna to meet Western Spirit. Slacks Creek are the visitors to Hubner Park as they go toe to toe with Park Ridge while Oxley will be looking to have another great start to the year hosting Redcliffe PCYC.

FIXTURES TO LOOK OUT FOR

Round 1 – Annerley v New Farm. It’s a contrasting tale with Annerley who were relegated from Capital One last season hosting newly promoted New Farm.

Round 4 – The Ipswich derby is always keenly contested between Western Spirit and Ipswich City and a game that always draws a good crowd.

Round 5 – Ipswich City v Oxley. Oxley were looking good things at one stage last season for promotion and based on that form, these two teams are the most likely to be looking to make the jump to Capital One.

CAPITAL THREE

After being one of the Capital Four whipping boys in 2014, Mooroondu earned promotion at the end of last season and they will have a home game to open the new season against Virginia at William Taylor Sports Ground.

Bardon Latrobe will play their first game back in Capital Three with an away day at Esher Street as they take on Tarragindi Tigers.

A northern derby day with Newmarket and Westside going to head to head after both were relegated from Capital Two last season.

In the other encounters, Narangba host Ridge Hills; Toowong go to Clairvaux looking to make an impression on new coach Claude Capelli while AC Carina will host Jimboomba at the Brisbane Abruzzo Club.

FIXTURES TO LOOK OUT FOR

Round 2 – Toowong v Narangba. Based on last season, this looks to be set up for a classic top of the table clash with both squads eyeing off a good start to promotion aspirations.

Round 9 – Virginia and Ridge Hills is always a feisty derby and I expect nothing less here in April.

Capital Four fixtures will be released in the coming weeks featuring what should be an intriguing 13-team competition with several clubs either making their Football Brisbane debut or returning to the fold.

We will have season previews for all the leagues prior to the start of the respective seasons.

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