Random thoughts of a football pundit

Rafe Griffin (@rafegriffin) has scoured what’s taken place around the traps over the weekend and come up with some things that caught his eye.

Feel good story 1

After 44 games (the official records will show 46, we don’t include the two washouts), SWQ Thunder finally broke their duck and recorded their maiden victory.

With three points in the bag after one round, it already ensures that they will have their best points finish in a season.


Mustafa Jafari after scoring for the SWQ Thunder

The atmosphere was electric at Clive Berghofer Stadium on Saturday evening. A crowd of at least 500 was on hand and every time Mustafa Jafari went within cooee of the ball, they went nuts in anticipation.

Jafari and Majok Piok provided the goals midway through the first half. The home supporters had to endure a nervous final five minutes when their opponents Northern Fury pulled one back but the script went to plan at the end of the day.

While Jafari took many of the plaudits, Lachlan Atkinson put in a very impressive performance for mine.

A tough test for the Toowoomba-based side this weekend though with John Kosmina’s Brisbane City likely to put up stiffer competition than the Fury.

Feel good story 2

Similar story for the Brisbane Premier League’s UQFC. After finishing on the bottom rung of the ladder for the previous three years, they’ve opened up their season with two wins including one against last year’s Grand Final winners Peninsula.

With some very handy acquisitions including Linus Schibler, Jae Joo and Yoshi Sakurai who all played under assistant Glen Volker at the NPL’s Brisbane City as well as Josh Grommen who was in the Brisbane Roar youth set-up, it’s reinvigorated the club.

They’ll take on fellow undefeated club Logan Lightning on Friday night which will go some way to prove whether they are the real deal.

Feel good story 3

Less than ten years ago, Holland Park Hawks was a church league club. Now they’re in the top flight of Brisbane football after being promoted in successive seasons.

Their first Brisbane Premier League win came on Sunday evening and if you’re going to make a statement to the competition, what better way to do it than by defeating the defending Premiers at their home ground.

A stoppage time winner from Alistair Pase sent all those involved with the Hawks into raptures with substitutes running onto the field and players running to coach Ben Ryan.


There are those out there that don’t necessarily agree with the club’s recruitment approach but they are a squad that have formed a very close bond which as anyone will attest, is an important asset to success at any club.

Hard day at the office

It’s always a difficult time of year to be playing football. More so if you’re a second division club coming up against one of the powerhouses of football in your local area.

So it was for Mackay’s West United in an FFA Cup tie over the weekend against Mackay Magpies who played off two years ago against the FNQ Heat for a spot in the final 32.

All credit to West though who continued to battle through the entire 90 minutes despite being on the end of a 26-0 scoreline come the full-time whistle but earning the respect of their more fancied opposition.

Coach killer

If Brisbane Premier League coach Steve Glockner had any hair, he would have been pulling it out at the end of his side’s match against Mitchelton on Saturday night.

Easts had a 3-1 lead after 50 minutes and despite Mitchelton scoring twice in three minutes to level things up, Glockner would have thought he’d take at least take a point back to Heath Park on the 90 minute mark.

That was not to be with Tim Lawson and Ben Njie both delivering in stoppage time and continuing Easts woes of getting traction at the opening of a season.

For the second successive year, Easts have got off to a slow start

Have Easts stood on a cat?

Speaking of Heath Park, everything that could go wrong pretty much did there on Friday night. First of all, the lights went out on the Brisbane Women’s Premier League reserves match forcing it to be abandoned. Then during the firsts game, the sprinklers came on at an inopportune time, though one Easts player took the opportunity to embrace the quick shower.


Speedy recovery

Our thoughts go out to Holland Park Hawks player Jonny Mathers who was initially thought to have broken his leg in the match against Lions. Thankfully, things weren’t as bad as first thought with ligament damage and severe bruising being the end result.

Also to a Springfield Brisbane Capital 4 player who suffered a badly broken leg in their match at Samford that forced the abandonment of the match five minutes in and a Capital 3 Mooroondu who was subject to a sickening incident that has no place in football.

From QSN, we wish you all a speedy recovery.

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