Brisbane Capital Two Season Preview

Merson Kean (@mersonk1)

Another year and another intriguing Capital Two season ahead. Here is our preview of the new season.

ACACIA RIDGE have earned back to back promotions and could lightning strike three times in a row? They romped to the Capital Three title last year and have added even more strength to the squad. Last weekend saw them start the competitive matches with a FFA Cup win over Logan City Kings. Ridge have kept the services of Zoran Simunovic who has been key on Acacia’s charge up the league and has signed players from higher climbs.

PRE SEASON RESULTS

Mooroondu 2-6 Acacia Ridge

Greenbank 0-20 Acacia Ridge over 135 minutes

Souths 2-1 Acacia Ridge

Slacks Creek 0-6 Acacia Ridge

Narangba 0-2 Acacia Ridge

Logan City Kings 1-5 Acacia Ridge (FFA CUP)

KEY PLAYER – Juan Jaimes netted 28 goals in last season’s promotion season.

HEAD COACH – Zoran Simunovic

ANNERLEY arrive back in Capital Two after a couple of seasons in Capital One and will find life tough if they are to return at the first time of asking. Annerley are already buoyed by their penalty shootout triumph over Westside in the Cup and will be looking to carry that form over into the league when they take on New Farm this Friday. The Greenslopes based club will be without midfield maestro Trent Vohland as he moves over to Mount Gravatt where he will reacquaint himself with former Taringa coach Mick Matthews.

PRE SEASON RESULTS

Annerley 0-1 Brisbane Knights

Annerley 0-9 Brisbane City

Samford 1-3 Annerley

Bethania Rams 1-1 Annerley

Westside 2-2 Annerley (Annerley win 5-4 on pens) (FFA CUP)

KEY PLAYER – Jason Launchbury played at BPL level with Rochedale and will have a lot more ability than your average Cap Two player.

HEAD COACH – Steve Faulkner

BRISBANE FORCE dropped out of Capital League One halfway through the 2015 campaign but they are back and under Luke Farinazzo who has pulled a team together ahead of the 2016 season. Force got off to the best possible start when they claimed a perfect away day victory on their FFA Cup opening round visit to Ridge Hills running out two-goal winners. Force will be an unpredictable side to play against for most coaches in the early weeks and they will have to use that to their advantage.

FFA CUP – Ridge Hills 0-2 Brisbane Force

KEY PLAYER – Jorge Aguirre will be key in Force’s march back up the division’s and opened his account in the win at Ridge Hills in the FFA Cup.

HEAD COACH – Luke Farinazzo

IPSWICH CITY start 2016 off the back of a 3-0 home defeat to lower league Tarragindi Tigers in the Cup at the weekend and will be looking to make amends when they kick their season off at home to Acacia Ridge on Saturday. Player coach Norbert Duga will be at the helm this time around after the departure of long term coach Nev Sullivan and will be looking to mount a top four charge to give the Sutton Park faithful something to cheer about after last season’s late season slide down the ladder.

KEY PLAYER – Mark Fancourt has had experience at higher heights but scored eleven in last season’s fifth place finish and will be looking to better that this time around.

PRE SEASON RESULTS

Western Pride 7-2 Ipswich City

Ipswich City 0-3 Tarragindi (FFA CUP)

Ipswich City 0-5 Centenary Stormers

HEAD COACH – Norbert Duga

NEW FARM surprised many in 2015 winning promotion up into Brisbane’s third tier and allowing the club to dream as they make their way up the pyramid. New Farm had FFA Cup success as they saw off Samford in a tricky tie at the weekend and will be raring to go when they take on newly relegated outfit Annerley at Elder Oval on Friday night. New Farm will be looking to cement their Capital Two existence this year and build for the future in one of Brisbane’s greatest football stories.

KEY PLAYER-Paul Panebianco has been influential in the past couple of seasons for the club and will be relishing the chance to step up another division.

FFA CUP Samford 2-3 New Farm

HEAD COACH – Mark Stickland

OXLEY had one of their best seasons in recent times in 2015 finishing in third spot and had spells at the top with their early hot form that they maintained for quite a while before they hit the rocks. Oxley have already been dragged through one hundred and twenty by lower league AC Carina in the Cup and dumped out at the first attempt so will be solely focused on the league season ahead as coach Gary Bowdren will have to rally the troops ahead of Saturday’s big clash with Redcliffe PCYC.

KEY PLAYER – Will Jordan scored eighteen last year and they have done well to keep hold of him after interest from other clubs in the off season.

PRE SEASON RESULTS

Oxley 3-4 AC Carina (AET) (FFA CUP)

Oxley 4-4 Slacks Creek

Oxley 0-6 Taringa-abandoned at 70th minute

Oxley 2-4 Southside Eagles

HEAD COACH – Gary Bowdren

PARK RIDGE had a very below par season last year but will be looking to be challenging in and around the business end of the ladder this campaign but will have their work cut out with several players headed for Capital Four’s Bethania. The Panthers shrugged off any chance of a ‘cupset’ when they put Springfield to one side smashing them 4-0 to progress into the third round and coach Rhys Merefield will take positives from that performance into their clash with Slacks Creek.

KEY PLAYER – Dylan Savage one of the top scorers last year for Ridge and will be hungry to out do last season’s record.

FFA CUP RESULT Springfield 0-4 Park Ridge

HEAD COACH – Myles Merefield

PINE HILLS escaped relegation with a few games to spare last season and will be hoping not to be in a scrap this time as the Pythons look to return to Capital One at the second time of asking. They have every chance after strengthening up the squad, bringing in Juan Solano from Westside who has proved his worth at this level. Hills are another side who have progressed into the next phase of the cup after avoiding a potential banana skin at home to Clairvaux last week.

FFA CUP RESULT Pine Hills 2-0 Clairvaux

KEY PLAYER – Juan Solano has proved he knows where the net is being in the top scoring charts for Westside in recent seasons and see no reason why he can’t maintain that form at Pine Hills.

HEAD COACH – Trevor Bouker

REDCLIFFE PCYC coach Pete Kitchen did a good job in keeping the club in Capital Two for a second successive season last year and will be relishing the chance at having another crack to improve on last season’s finish. PCYC have the potential to beat any one on their day and have proved that in recent seasons and will be looking to repeat their 2014 opening day where they stuck four past Ipswich City but will have to do it without last year’s top scorer Cameron Scott who is on his way to Pine Rivers.

KEY PLAYER – Ryan Batistic scored eight in five in 2015 and will be looking to better that after missing a lot of last season.

PRE SEASON RESULTS

Redcliffe 5-4 Virginia

Ridge Hills 3-1 Virginia

HEAD COACH – Pete Kitchen

SLACKS CREEK just survived the relegation battle last year and will want to be steering clear of that in 2016. They have recruited some good players in the off season from higher league clubs including Brad Stout from Holland Park and Charles Kingdon from Rochedale.  Slacks Creek were brought down to earth when they took to the field in their opening FFA Cup encounter going down to Southside Eagles 6-0 in Bulimba on Tuesday night and coach Alan Kiefer will be looking to flush that out of their system ahead of Friday’s match against Park Ridge.

KEY PLAYER – Charles Kingdon played with Rochedale Rovers in the BPL in 2015 and will be influential for the Tigers in 2016.

PRE SEASON RESULTS

Slacks Creek 0-6 Acacia Ridge

Slacks Creek 2-3 Taringa

Nerang 2-2 Slacks Creek

Oxley 4-4 Slacks Creek

Southside Eagles 6-0 Slacks Creek (FFA CUP)

HEAD COACH – Alan Kiefer

THE GAP have brought in coach Trevor Rohdmann from Newmarket and he has a lot of experience in this division which will make for a good asset to The Gap. He has already worked his magic mastering the side’s 12-0 win over Greenbank in the FFA Cup at the weekend. The Gap will want to be in the hunt for promotion and get back on track after a season out of the race and a very below campaign. The Gators have lost influential player James Nilsen who has headed for Southside Eagles and will be a big loss.

KEY PLAYER-Jamal Spelta has made the move over from Pine Hills he has a lot of ability and is in the know about Cap Two scoring a number of goals for the Pythons in recent seasons.

PRE SEASON RESULTS

The Gap 5-0 Samford

Greenbank 0-12 The Gap (FFA CUP)

HEAD COACH – Trevor Rohdmann

WESTERN SPIRIT will be looking to master a surge towards the higher climbs of Capital Two after missing out on promotion by a whisker in 2015. Spirit left their promotion push a tad late last year leaving them just a few points off run away leaders Souths and Centenary but will fancy themselves this campaign. They will have to do it without Corey Lucas and Jay Kitching who have gone to test themselves in the NPL with Western Pride.

KEY PLAYER – Jay Johnson netted fourteen last season and was key in getting Spirit to the Grand Final where they lost out to Premiers Souths at Lions Stadium.

PRE SEASON RESULTS

Spirit 0-7 Bayside (abandoned after 73 mins)

Spirit 0-3 Souths (FFA CUP)

HEAD COACH – Nick Paterson

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