Brisbane Women’s Premier League Round 2 Wrap

Fern Buhmann

Six games made up round two of the Brisbane Women’s Premier League and they provided plenty of goals and plenty of headaches for the tipsters. It’s early days but the round saw some teams remain on track, some clicked into gear, some stuttered, while a few will be hoping round three is the beginning of the end to their nightmare starts.

The weekend kicked off with two Friday night fixtures. When the lights finally came on at Heath Park, Easts battled it out with a youthful Gap outfit only to concede a ninety-two minute winner. Reports suggest there was nothing to seperate the two teams for the majority of the contest and the curriculum purists would have been delighted with what they saw.

That’s back to back losses to start the season for Easts who are in unchartered waters. They shouldn’t be too worried having pushed two top four contenders all the way, a positive result should be just around the corner for them.

It’s only positives for the Gators so far. Having secured two maximums to begin the campaign with, The Gap find themselves at the summit of yet another women’s football table in Brisbane. Must be something in those waters that trickle down from the high peaks of Mt Coot-tha out there. Be good if they bottled it and shared it with everyone else. Actually it’d be good if The Gap had a bigger carpark too but I digress.

Friday night also saw Capalaba host Pine Hills and they probably wished they hadn’t by the end of it. Having met in the first round of the semis last season which they may do again this September, the two teams resumed their rivalry which saw the Pythons come away with a statement-making 5-1 victory on the road.

The Bulldogs got out of the blocks impressively enough, taking a 1-nil lead from a fantastic 25 yard strike on the break from young Jessica Penders up front but that’s where the party started for Pine who dominated the rest of the ninety. On the back of a soild possession game, the pacey front trio of Fern Doyle, Sarah Fuller and Gemma Young cashed in. The Pythons looked to have got back some of Stella’s groove after a scratchy pre-season, while the Bulldogs will have to regroup. After demolishing Toowong in Round 1, confidence  would have been sky-high. Time to find it again in amongst the smouldering rubble. They’ve got too much talent in their ranks not to.

After a double in round one, Brittany Whitfield looked like she’d staked an early claim on this years Golden Boot. The ex W-League striker relishing her chance to cash in on this years BWPL and looked the punters tip to take the prize by seasons end. Clearly someone forgot to tell Tiarne Petterwood. Currently giving the Golden Boot a weekly spit and polish on her mantle, the Logan striker issued a ‘come and get it’ press release by slotting five goals past a hapless UQFC to return her to the top of the goal scoring charts. Surely one of the performances of the season already for Logan and Petterwood that is. Not for UQFC. A 10-1 capitulation means that that is 15 goals they’ve had to collect from the back of the net in just two games. Surely the only way is up from here for the students. It’s a long season but it’ll be an even longer season if the UQFC backline continues to be rolled like that. For Logan, the reigning Premiers are back on track after a first round reality check. Look for the Lightning to string together a run of results now that they’ve woken up from the hangover.

Although Petterwood stole the headlines with her demolition of UQFC’s rearguard, Whitfield and Peninsula Power quietly went about their business with workman-like performance at Elder Oval, getting a 4-2 victory over a thin looking Annerley. The first ten minutes saw three goals scored before both teams went into the break locked at 2-2.

The second stanza belonged to the visitors with Power piling on another two goals to record an impressive victory which sees them remain at the top of the table. These two teams should eyeball each other a few more times this season so the baysiders will welcome the win in the mindgame stakes. For Annerley a slight bump in the road but they should get back on the horse in no time.

Goodwin Park hosted a battle of two first round winners as Olympic took on Mitchelton. The two sides couldn’t be seperated as the spoils were shared in a tight 1-1 contest. Again talk of low player numbers at Olympic meant that this was another brave performance, as players backed up for both the firsts and reserves game. There’ll be some tired legs this week.

Mitchelton are humming along nicely and things look like they are starting to click out at the Teralba stables. They’d be happy with a point from one of the toughest road trips this season has to offer and with confidence building, they’ll be looking to solidify their good start in the next few weeks. Co-coaches out that way, maybe the Ying and Yang of it could be the key ingredient of a 2016 Premiership?

Lastly we saw a 4-3 win for Souths over Toowong. This was a battle of two losing first round teams and it drew a much improved performance from both which should hold them in good stead for the future fixtures. Souths will be celebrating the first three points of their season on their home outdoor carpet but would be privately breathing a sigh of relief after coming from behind to steal this one.

On the other side of the coin, Toowong’s coaching staff would be pulling out their flowing locks after this one. Unable to contain Alana Giggins, who grabbed herself all of Souths goals, Toowong would be wondering how they let this slip. Terrific performance from Giggins, who on any other week would have hogged the bright lights with her haul and seems that the young Souths team have a focal point to build their attack around.

So there it is, round two done and dusted. More questions raised, others answered but the ingredients are there for an intriguing BWPL in 2016. Bring on the the next installment.