Rafe Griffin (@rafegriffin)
UQFC won’t have ‘The Students’ moniker to themselves any more after the Queensland University of Football (QUT) Football Club joined the Football Brisbane Capital Leagues ranks.
Not that they will be known as QUTFC in the competition though. Midway through 2015, the club was presented with an opportunity to form a relationship and play under Capital Four’s North Brisbane’s banner who reincorporated and returned to the Football Brisbane fold last year after an absence since the mid-90’s.
QUTFC was formed in 2013 by football-loving students. Playing their initial two seasons in the Queensland Independent Football (QIF) competition where they experienced success, the club decided to enter into Football Brisbane’s City League Two competition in 2015 playing under Taringa Rovers while also maintaining their presence in the QIF.
Pic: QUTFC Facebook
North Brisbane bring with them their own footballing history. Originally formed in 1926, at one stage they were in the premier Brisbane competition of the time, the XXXX League, after earning promotion in 1991 when known as Lutwyche United. The club also won the 1993 Queensland Cup Final under the stewardship of former NSL player, Alan Hunter.
Unfortunately North Brisbane quickly fell off the footballing map after being relegated in 1995 but still maintained a licenced club at Everton Park. Some of the administrators from that day are still around to provide the required experience in the running of a club.
The Aces, as they are known, had a successful re-entry to Football Brisbane last season in qualifying for the Capital Four semi-finals but were defeated by Greenbank in the opening week’s sudden-death match.
Based out of Prentice Park at Lutwyche, just away from the hustle bustle of busy Lutwyche Road, the field is having an irrigation system installed, one of the major infrastructure projects in the life of the playing surface.
That doesn’t mean that training activities have come to a halt with the club still happy to take on players. As well as playing in Capital Four, the aim for 2016 is to also a field team in the City Leagues and to continue the affiliation with the QIF. The club also caters for womens football.
You can find out more about the two clubs at the respective Facebook pages.
QUTFC – http://on.fb.me/1ScjGhw
North Brisbane – http://on.fb.me/1SL0I0R