Who will make the step up to the Premier League?

Merson Kean (@mersonk1)

The ultimate prize at the end of the season is not only the Premiership but for the top two teams, promotion to Brisbane’s top flight of football. We try to decipher who has the best chance of making it happen.

BAYSIDE were many people’s tip for promotion last season and after some great early season form it looked nailed on. However, they slid down the table alarmingly after some very poor results and ended up being dragged into the relegation dog fight. This season has seen the club strengthen their squad bringing in the likes of Pat Theodore from the Brisbane Roar set up and Blair Warden for Capalaba. That will assist in tightening up a few areas. Kevin Byrne has taken over from Roy Wiseman who is now the Technical Director at the club.

PRE SEASON RESULTS

Western Spirit 0-7 Bayside

Bayside 1-5 Ipswich Knights

Bayside 1-0 Holland Park

Bayside 5-0 North Brisbane (FFA CUP)

KEY PLAYER – Pat Theodore has been more accustomed to the Brisbane Roar set up being one of the young stars of the National Youth league squad but will be playing his Football in Cap One this time around and will be key to Bayside’s promotion push.

COACH – Kevin Byrne

BRISBANE KNIGHTS have had some promising pre-season results and some folks are predicting the Knights to be the dark horses for the title. Knights have kept the services of coach Matt Raub for at least another year and he has brought in some decent signings including Lloyd Redfern and Daniel Simic from Lions FC and Daniel Shepherd formerly of Mitchelton as the club look to push for promotion.

PRE SEASON RESULTS

Gold Coast Knights 1-3 Brisbane Knights

Brisbane Knights 3-1 Gold Coast Knights

Brisbane Knights 5-3 Broadbeach

Capalaba 1-1 Brisbane Knights

Ipswich Knights 2-2 Brisbane Knights

Annerley 0-1 Brisbane Knights

KEY PLAYER – Jay Reid was the club’s top scorer last season putting away eleven goals and the Rocklea based club will be looking for him to have an impact for the side from the get-go when they host Grange on Friday.

COACH – Matt Raub

CENTENARY STORMERS begin life in Capital One when they take to the field against Bayside on the weekend. They will be looking for a positive result to get the account open for another season. Stormers have kept most of last year’s squad including Joe Kleibo and Fedja Mehinagic who scored thirty goals between them in 2015. Centenary opened their season up with an 8-2 thrashing of new boys Logan Metro in the FFA Cup and will take some much needed confidence into the big clash with Bayside.

PRE SEASON RESULTS

Stormers 3-3 Brisbane Strikers Youth

Stormers 5-1 Mudgeeraba

Stormers 4-2 Park Ridge

Stormers 1-3 Caboolture

Logan Metro 2-8 Stormers (FFA CUP)

KEY PLAYER – Fedja Mehinagic rocketed in fifteen goals for Stormers last campaign and already has a couple under his belt after scoring in the cup win over Logan Metro.

GRANGE THISTLE have been testing their luck in the Gorilla Cup in the pre season and have had some positive results smashing Caboolture 7-0 and Redcliffe PCYC 5-3 and will be hoping their goalscoring form can continue when they travel to face the Knights on Friday night. Coach Michael Hornby has brought in some new faces to freshen up the squad including Matt Hornby and Dennis Dimovski from Peninsula who both have BPL experience.

PRE SEASON RESULTS

Grange 5-3 Redcliffe PCYC

Grange 2-3 North Star Grange 0-1

Caboolture Grange 7-0 Caboolture

KEY PLAYER – Dennis Dimovski has key BPL experience for Albany Creek and most recently at Peninsula Power where it didn’t quite work out. He will be a handful for any side in Cap One.

COACH-Michael Hornby

MOGGILL have been knocking on the door for promotion in the past two campaigns but they seem to have left their surges too late. Moggill were a side last year who had goals in their side, albeit from the departing Callan Spence who has took some time away from the game. The club will still be able to count on Sam Chesterfield and Jacob Petroeschevsky who have goals and ability in abundance and will be key in delivering the goods for Moggill this year.

PRE SEASON RESULTS

Ipswich Knights 1-0 Moggill

Lions Reserves 5-1 Moggill

Capalaba 4-1 Moggill

KEY PLAYER – Sam Chesterfield is dangerous in front of goal and has scored a number of goals for the Amber and Black in recent seasons and coach Jamie Lowndes will be hoping he follows up that form in 2016.

COACH – Jamie Lowndes

MOUNT GRAVATT HAWKS have had a lot of change around in the off season withcoach Jarred Austin departing due to health reasons. Mick Matthews joins from Taringa Rovers and has signed some good players to boot. Hawks had a below par season last time around finishing in and around the mid table and will be looking to challenge a lot higher up the ladder. Ex-Taringa players Trent Vohland and Todd Snowden have followed Matthews over to Mount Gravatt, also joining the club is experienced goalkeeper Mario Aparicio.

PRE SEASON RESULTS

Mt Gravatt 3-4 Woombye

Mt Gravatt 5-1 Park Ridge

Mt Gravatt 3-1 Mudgeeraba

Mt Gravatt 2-5 Easts Reserves

KEY PLAYER – Brandon Hewitson was one of the shining lights of Logan Lightning’s early season in 2015 then saw out the season at Bayside.

COACH-Mick Matthews

NORTH STAR failed to win promotion after being pipped to the post by North Pine at the end of the 2015 season. Star have already tasted success in the pre season winning the Gorilla Cup shrugging off five teams along the way before beating Pine Rivers in the Final. Influential attacking player Jordan Maxwell will be looking to impress Nigel Purcell and the O’Callaghan Park faithful.

PRE SEASON RESULTS

North Star 2-4 Caboolture

North Star 3-2 Grange

North Star 7-0 Redcliffe PCYC

North Star 3-1 Brisbane Strikers Youth

North Star 4-1 Grange B

North Star 2-1 Pine Rivers

KEY PLAYER – Ben Ngie played the best part of 2015 over at North Star. He started pre- season with BPL outfit Mitchelton but has returned for another season at the Zillmere-based club.

COACH – Nigel Purcell

PINE RIVERS have had a fairly decent pre season but have lost two of their better players to higher leagues including top goalscorer from last year Jake Mitchell who has returned to his old club Mitchelton and fox in the box Ashley Shore who has gone to Holland Park. Rivers begin their season against Wolves FC in what shapes up as a tough away game. Joining the club Rivers are Nick Moffatt and Cameron Scott from Capital Two.

PRE SEASON RESULTS

Rivers 2-0 Grange

Rivers 8-0 Narangba B

Rivers 3-0 Caboolture B

Rivers 6-0 Narangba A

Rivers 6-2 Caboolture

Rivers 1-2 North Star

KEY PLAYER – Sam West scored eleven times in 2015 and with Jacob Mitchell’s departure he’ll have to step up and deliver the goods for the Wendy Ellison Park faithful.

COACH – Andy West

SOUTHSIDE EAGLES have impressed in pre season and have had some very encouraging results including a 4-1 drubbing of Logan and a 6-0 hiding of Slacks Creek in the FFA Cup earning them some much needed confidence going into the round one clash with Moggill. Coach Roger Hunter has retired from playing but will still be in charge of the Bulimba-based club for this season and has already worked his magic bringing in the likes of James Nilsen from The Gap who already has a brace to his name from the Cup win.

PRE SEASON RESULTS

Southside 6-0 Slacks Creek (FFA CUP)

Logan 1-4 Southside

Southside 0-1 ACE

Southside 2-0 AC Carina

Oxley 2-5 Southside

KEY PLAYER – James Nilsen was one of The Gap best in recent times and has two goals from the FFA Cup romping over Slacks Creek.

COACH – Roger Hunter

SOUTHS UNITED romped their way to promotion in 2015 and will be looking to return to the BPL in the coming seasons after a few years out of the top flight but will have their work cut out coming into such a very tight league. Souths have kept hold of Harun Omervic and Joshua Anderson who scored forty goals between them in the Capital Two promotion season and will be looking to form a similar partnership this season.

PRE SEASON RESULTS

Souths 2-1 Acacia Ridge

Western Spirit 0-3 Souths (FFA CUP)

KEY PLAYER – Harun Omerovic netted fifteen last year and has experience in Capital One from his time at Bayside United.

TARINGA ROVERS will begin life in 2016 in Capital League One after one season up in the BPL and will have to work hard if they are to bounce back at the first time of asking in a field of many contenders. Rovers 2015 coach Mick Matthews has upped sticks and moved to Mount Gravatt in the off season and has took a couple of players with him including Trent Vohland. The club has also lost long time goalscorer Steven Chester to the BPL’s Mitchelton and he will be hard to replace.

PRE SEASON RESULTS

Ipswich Knights 3-4 Taringa

Western Spirit 2-4 Taringa

Oxley 0-6 Taringa Slacks Creek 2-3 Taringa

KEY PLAYER – Omar Hamid played in the BPL all last year and found the net through the season. Expect him to be firing in Capital One.

COACH – Adam Bennett

WOLVES FC were relegated out of the BPL last season in the controversial championship ladder. That has seen last year’s Golden Boot Alastair Davis go to the Brisbane Strikers with Blake Thompson also heading to NPL land. Wolves will be eager to get back to the BPL but it will be a hard assignment given the stiff competition this year.

PRE SEASON RESULTS

Wolves 5-1 Redlands Youth

Wolves 2-6 The Gap

 

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