Brisbane Capital Four shapes up as a beauty

Merson Kean (@mersonk1)

Some are labelling it the most intriguing Capital Four there has ever been and some are dubbing it the best we will see for years, here is our take on each of the thirteen clubs.

BETHANIA RAMS return to Capital Four after a year out and judging by the recruiting they have done, they will be in the top four picture after signing a heap of players from Division Two Park Ridge.

Rams were challenging at the top end of the ladder in 2014 but took a year out and now they are back to go steps better. Bethania will have plenty of derbies to contest with three Logan based clubs and Jimboomba not too far away which will add extra spice.

FFA CUP – Bethania 2-3 Mooroondu (AET)

KEY PLAYER – Craig Robinson signed from Capital Two Park Ridge in the off season and already has a goal under his belt in the FFA Cup defeat by Mooroondu.

COACH – David Coles

BRIGHTON BULLDOGS had a good start to their 2015 Capital Four season but fell away as the season progressed and it will be something they will be looking to put right this year. Consistency will be the key for a top four charge. Bulldogs have a history in higher flights and will be in the mix come August but will have their work cut out as the league expands.

KEY PLAYER – Aaron McDonald. With ten goals in the Bulldogs mid table effort last time around, expect him to be in and around the goals in 2016.

FFA CUP – To play Redcliffe PCYC on Tuesday 15 February.

COACH – Unable to be confirmed at time of publication.

CABOOLTURE have made the move back from Sunshine Coast Football to Football Brisbane competitions but will have to begin at the bottom level. The Snakes are a club with a lot of ambition and a club who are looking to grab the opportunity by the throat. Caboolture have looked promising in the pre season claiming a wins against Capital One outfits North Star and Grange Thistle.

PRE SEASON RESULTS – Caboolture 4-2 North Star, Caboolture 1-0 Grange Thistle, Caboolture 5-0 Redcliffe PCYC, Centenary Stormers 1-3 Caboolture.

KEY PLAYER – Steven Cleary has transferred from the BPL’s Peninsula Power in the off-season and last time he played in the lower leagues, he averaged almost a goal a game.

COACH – Nathan Walker

DECEPTION BAY have moved into the Capital League structure after slowly making an entrance in through the City League in the past couple of seasons. The juniors of Deception Bay will have an opportunity to work their way into the first team instead of transferring to opposition clubs. Deception Bay got off to the best possible start winning their FFA Cup encounter 4-0 over fellow Capital Four side Logan Village Falcons.

FFA CUP RESULT  – Deception Bay 4-0 Logan Village

COACH – Unable to be confirmed at time of publication.

GREENBANK have been known for their bottom of the table finishes over recent years but last season impressed many by finishing in the middle of the ladder, picking up seven wins in the process. This time they will be wanting to go one step further and make it into the top four. Greenbank’s FFA Cup dream was crushed by a clinical Gap Gators side who stuck twelve past the Capital Four outfit but can’t let that affect their preparation for the 2016 campaign proper.

PRE SEASON RESULTS – Greenbank 0-12 The Gap (FFA CUP), Greenbank 0-20 Acacia Ridge (over 135 minutes)

KEY PLAYER – Matthew Redfearn has signed on for another year and will be looking to better his impressive fifteen goals tally this time around.

COACH – Unable to be confirmed at time of publication.

KANGAROO POINT ROVERS have experienced back to back relegations from the dizzy heights of Capital Two but they will be looking to mount a quest back up the leagues. Despite losing out to Capital Three Narangba in the FFA Cup, they gave a very promising display of themselves. Kangaroo Point have managed to keep the service of key goalscorer Kirill Radchenkov who will be key in making a swift attempt at promotion.

PRE SEASON RESULTS – Kangaroo Point 1-3 Narangba (FFA CUP), Springfield 1-1 Kangaroo Point (Abandoned due to heavy rain)

KEY PLAYER – Kirill Radchenkov who was the club’s top scorer last year with a total of seven in a season where the Rovers didn’t have much fortune.

COACH – Graham Cameron

LOGAN CITY KINGS had a poor first season down in Capital Four last year after relegation in 2014 and will be looking for a better season ahead. Kings have paved the way for a few of the youngsters moving up from the under 18 league to have an opportunity in the first team this year. The club have had a tough pre season losing 6-0 to Capital Three Jimboomba and being under siege against a very good Acacia Ridge outfit in the FFA Cup surrendering to a 5-1 defeat.

PRE SEASON RESULTS –  Jimboomba 6-0 Logan City Kings, Logan City Kings 1-5 Acacia Ridge (FFA CUP)

KEY PLAYER – Jake Cook scored 17 in 16 appearances for the Reserve grade last year and is a player who has been promoted up to the first squad this time around.

COACH – Unable to be confirmed at time of publication.

LOGAN METRO are a club who has been playing its football in the Church League for five years and as a club have felt it’s the right time to make the step up into Football Brisbane competitions. Logan Metro are a club that is known for giving refugees a chance and has a youthful feel about the club. Metro came up against Centenary in their opening FFA Cup clash but lack of experience showed as they went down 8-2 to the highly fancied Capital One Centenary Stormers.

PRE SEASON RESULTS – Logan Metro 2-8 Centenary Stormers (FFA CUP),  Jimboomba 6-3 Logan Metro

KEY PLAYER – Charles Eremugo scored in the cup clash against Centenary and showed positive signs throughout that match definitely one to watch.

COACH – Pat Castillo

LOGAN VILLAGE FALCONS had a troubled campaign in 2015 finishing bottom of the Capital Four division and in theory, there’s only one way things can go from there. The Falcons will be hoping to find the 2014 form that saw them in the promotion frame. The opening round of the FFA Cup saw the club fall to fellow Capital Four club Deception Bay 4-0.

PRE SEASON RESULTS – Deception Bay 4-0 Logan Village (FFA CUP)

KEY PLAYER – Jaden Beecham was influential for Village in the attacking third netting seven in a poor 2015 for the club.

COACH – Unable to be confirmed at time of publication.

NORTH BRISBANE have teamed up with the Queensland University of Technology FC for the upcoming season giving them more depth across their two squads. Last campaign, the Lutwyche-based club surprised many finishing third in their return season. The Aces crashed at the first hurdle in the FFA Cup being on the end of a clinical Capital One Bayside United outfit going down 5-0.

KEY PLAYER – Amandeep Ghooti was top scorer last year for North Brisbane’s first season scoring eleven in total.

COACH -Unable to be confirmed at time of publication.

SAMFORD RANGERS have had two really dismal seasons after back to back relegations making it a time to rebuild. The club has signalled their intent to do just that with some major signings including Dane Forsyth from Peninsula Power, Wade Godsell from The Gap and Ryan Gleeson formerly of Brisbane City. Rangers had their first competitive encounter when they took on New Farm in the FFA Cup but lost out narrowly 3-2 to the higher ranked side but did have a positive 3-1 away victory over Capital Three side Mooroondu.

KEY PLAYER-Dane Forsyth was signed from Peninsula Power in the off season and already has made an impact scoring two in the FFA Cup loss to New Farm.

COACH-Steve Forsyth

SPRINGFIELD return to Football Brisbane competition after a couple of years out and will be raring to go in what will be a tough league to crack. Springfield’s first competitive game ended in a four goal drubbing handed out by Park Ridge at the weekend in the opening round of the FFA Cup Qualifying.

COACH – Matthew Nolan

PRE SEASON RESULTS Springfield 1-1 Kangaroo Point (Abandoned at halftime due to rain), Springfield 0-4 Park Ridge (FFA CUP)

ST GEORGE WILLAWONG are another club making their Football Brisbane debut and are a team many are tipping for great things this season. It’s understandable after the result Capital Three Virginia United in the FFA which went to penalties in the opening round of the Cup. The club has a large Serbian flavour with a lot of passion and pride to boot.

KEY PLAYER – Aleksa Krkeljas formerly of Holland Park and Brisbane Force he will have too much experience at this level after playing at higher levels.

COACH – Reymundo Amaya

Queensland Soccer News thanks those clubs that provided input into this preview.