Brisbane Capital Three to be closely fought

Merson Kean (@mersonk1)

Capital Three was a closely contested league in 2015 and we expect no different this time as all twelve clubs get ready for the big kick off here is our look at the season ahead.

AC CARINA had a very average season last time round but after strengthening the squad in the off season, will be looking to mount a top four or even a promotion challenge in the coming season. Carina have had some really positive pre season results including a 4-3 FFA Cup win over higher league opposition Oxley and a 4-2 win over Clairvaux. The club has signed some decent players including Dan Hannah who played at a high level in the UK and Ryan Birch from Tarragindi Tigers who scored nine last year.

AC Carina 4-2 Clairvaux
AC Carina 1-1 Tarragindi
AC Carina 2-3 Toowong – Veto Cup final
AC Carina 4-4 Oxley
Beerwah 3-1 AC Carina
AC Carina 3-3 Nambour Yandina
AC Carina 5-0 Mooroondu
Southside Eagles 2-0 AC Carina
Oxley 3-4 AC Carina (FFA Cup)

KEY PLAYER – Richie Stockman been influential for Carina in the past few seasons scoring plenty of goals along the way, expect no different this time round.

COACH – Tim Moore

BARDON LATROBE won promotion into Capital League Three last season and also collected the double against Mooroondu. The step up will definitely prove a challenge for Latrobe in what is a milestone year for the club, celebrating their 100th anniversary. Bardon have managed to hold on to a great deal of last year’s players including influential goalscorer Flynn Moloney who bagged seventeen goals for the side in 2015 but judging by the pre season results it could well be a long season ahead.

Toowong 6-1 Bardon Latrobe
Bardon Latrobe 3-3 Mooroondu
Tarragindi 3-1 Bardon Latrobe
Coolum 3-1 Bardon Latrobe
Jimboomba 5-0 Bardon Latrobe (FFA Cup)

KEY PLAYER – Flynn Moloney is a prolific scorer and although playing a division lower last year, scoring seventeen is still a great achievement and I am sure he can be key in keeping Bardon Latrobe in the division come August.

COACH – David Bounds

CLAIRVAUX will be hoping for a more consistent season this time around as last year they almost got pulled into the relegation scrap. They have managed to keep the majority of last year’s squad with a few additions including Jacob White from Bayside and Chris Snape from Mount Gravatt. Clairvaux have been a bit hot and cold during the pre season from beating Mooroondu 5-0 to losing 2-0 in the FFA Cup to Pine Hills. Going off that form, it may well be another Clairvaux mid table campaign.

Clairvaux 5-0 Mooroondu
AC Carina 4-2 Clairvaux
Toowong 2-4 Clairvaux
Pine Hills 2-0 Clairvaux (FFA Cup)

KEY PLAYER – Nathaniel Wright rocketed in twelve goals in 2015 topping the scoring charts for Clairvaux. He could be the key for his side if they are to push for the top four.

COACH – David Heley

JIMBOOMBA UNITED had a very below par campaign last season and will be looking to turn the corner this year and challenge at the right end of the ladder. Early signs have been promising for the club after clamming together some really positive and convincing pre season wins including putting six past Logan City Kings and Logan Metro and seeing off newly promoted Bardon Latrobe in the FFA Cup 5-0.

KEY PLAYER – Joshua Baskett was top scorer last time around and is a player who could definitely play at a higher level and is extremely dangerous when given the service.

Jimboomba 6-0 Logan City Kings
Jimboomba 6-3 Logan Metro
Jimboomba 5-0 Bardon Latrobe-(FFA CUP)

COACH – Ian Brown

MOOROONDU won promotion from Capital Four last season after finishing in second spot which was a huge achievement considering their finishes over the years previous where they were more towards the wrong end of the table. Mooroondu progressed into the second round of the FFA Cup after a 3-2 win over Bethania but are yet to beat a Capital Three side conceding thirteen goals in their three pre-season cup clashes.

KEY PLAYER – Matthew Page was the club’s top scorer last year with a staggering nineteen in Capital Four and will be up for the challenge as Mooroondu look to cement their Capital Three place.

Clairvaux 5-0 Mooroondu
Mooroondu 3-3 Bardon Latrobe
Mooroondu 0-5 AC Carina
Mooroondu 1-3 Samford Rangers
Bethania 2-3 Mooroondu (AET) (FFA Cup)

COACH – Unable to be confirmed at time of publication.

NARANGBA have been in the running in the past couple of seasons since relegation in 2013 but have always fell off at the pivotal point of the season. This year, promotion must feature heavily on the radar. The Eagles had a great start to the season by overcoming a tricky away tie at Kangaroo Point in the opening round of the FFA Cup but will need to stay consistent if they are to challenge for the promotion spots .One key replacement that will need to be made is the departure of Cale Johnstone who has made the move to Taringa.

Kangaroo Point 1-3 Narangba (FFA Cup)
Narangba 5-1 North Star B
Narangba 1-1 Noosa Lions

KEY PLAYER – Benjamin Hayward was top scorer for the club last campaign. He has stayed at the club and will be a threat for opposition defences.

COACH – Allan Takkan

NEWMARKET will take to the field after relegation from Capital Two last year and will have to dig deep if they are to bounce back at the first time of asking. Newmarket lost coach Trevor Rohdmann to The Gap FC so it will be Ashley Hempstead who will take to the helm for the 2016 season. The Posties were on the end of a 5-1 tonking at the hands of Toowong in the opening round of the FFA Cup. Things will have to take a u-turn quickly if they are to be in the promotion hunt.

COACH – Ashley Hempstead

Toowong 5-1 Newmarket (FFA Cup)

RIDGE HILLS had another mid table finish in 2015 and will be looking to make a charge at the top four but it will be difficult with the loss of Damien Austin who has moved to Grange Thistle. There will be no FFA Cup distraction after the weekend loss to a rejuvenated Brisbane Force. Hills have showed signs in the pre season that they can mount a performance comfortably beating higher league opposition Redcliffe PCYC.

KEY PLAYER – Joshua Shorten was dangerous in front of goal as one of the top goal scorers in 2015 and Hills will be relying for him to find his shooting boots again in 2016.

COACH – Unable to be confirmed at time of publication.

Ridge Hills 3-1 Redcliffe PCYC
Ridge Hills 0-2 Brisbane Force (FFA Cup)

TARRAGINDI TIGERS adapted to life well in their first season up in Capital Three last year and made it into the end of season play-offs, defying all the odds. The question is will they maintain it this campaign. Tarragindi have lost influential attacking player Ryan Birch to AC Carina. Things are looking good with wins over Bardon Latrobe and a convincing 3-0 win over Ipswich City in the FFA Cup. Maybe the Tigers could go one better this year under coach Julian Chan.

Tarragindi 3-1 Bardon Latrobe
Toowong 2-1 Tarragindi
AC Carina 1-1 Tarragindi
Ipswich City 0-3 Tarragindi (FFA Cup)

KEY PLAYER – Ashley Hustwayte was top scorer in 2015 and is already off the mark after a goal in the FFA Cup in the win at Ipswich City.

COACH – Julian Chan

TOOWONG were pipped to the post to promotion by New Farm on the final day of last season but this year Toowong are going all out to win the league with incoming coach Claude Capelli who has already delivered their first trophy winning the Veto Cup hosted by AC Carina. Toowong have made a lot of key signings in the off season including Ben Janes who has bagged four in four in the pre season and a brace in the FFA Cup clash against Newmarket. Also on the roster for 2016 is Pedro Gondim who has BPL experience from his time at Easts and Josh Dennis who earned his place in the team with a phenomenal Grand Final performance in 2015.

Toowong 6-1 Bardon Latrobe
Toowong 2-1 Tarragindi
Toowong 2-4 Clairvaux
Toowong 3-2 AC Carina (Veto Cup Final)
Toowong 5-1 Newmarket (FFA CUP)

KEY PLAYER – Dylan Balerezo trained with the Brisbane Roar National Youth League squad before picking up a long term injury but he has bags of pace and awareness.

COACH – Claude Capelli

VIRGINIA like many clubs last season had spells at the top of Capital Three but eventually floated down the ladder finishing midway. The key moment for their season was their emphatic 4-2 away day win at BPL’s Capalaba and already are on course to go far in the FFA Cup after a penalty win over St George Willawong in round one. Virginia have drafted in former Sunshine Coast Fire coach Richard Hudson and the club have also kept hold of key players Michael Geddes and Welshman Darren Maxwell for the upcoming season.

Redcliffe PCYC 5-4 Virginia

KEY PLAYER – Michael Geddes scored fifteen goals in 2015 and is already off the mark with a goal against St George in the FFA Cup.

COACH – Richard Hudson

WESTSIDE were relegated out of Capital Two last year but will be looking to bounce back at the first time of asking when they kick off their campaign this weekend. Westside took Capital Two outfit Annerley to penalties in the opening round of the FFA Cup only to bow out in the shootout. The club has kept the majority of last season’s squad but have lost Juan Solano who has been swallowed up by Pine Hills in what could prove to be a costly loss for the Keperra based side.

KEY PLAYER – Graham Smith scored ten goals in Westside’s relegation season last year and stepping down a level he will be dangerous in Capital Three.

Oxley 7-2 Westside
Bethania 4-0 Westside – abandoned at halftime

COACH – Unable to be confirmed at time of publication.