Round 4 of the Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL) 1 and Round 3 of FQPL 2 gets back underway this weekend.
In FQPL 1, Brisbane City and Rochedale Rovers are yet to lose a game, while five clubs – Western Pride, Sunshine Coast FC, Souths United, Mitchelton FC and Wynnum Wolves – are searching for their first win of the season.
In FQPL 2, Caboolture FC and Taringa Rovers are firming as the teams to beat this season, while Virginia United, Grange Thistle, Coomera Colts and Magic United are yet to secure points.
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Holland Park Hawks v SWQ Thunder
Fresh from a thrilling 4-3 FFA Cup win over The Lakes FC, Holland Park Hawks host SWQ Thunder at Whites Hill Reserve on Saturday evening.
The Hawks will be searching for their third win in a row after beating The Lakes in the FFA Cup and Mitchelton FC in Round 3 of the FQPL 1 season.
Three Hawks players – Umaru Sheriff, Andoni Koulouris and Giorgio Anastasi – were named in the Round 3 FQPL 1 Team of the Week, with Anastasi scoring both goals in the win over Mitchelton.
Meanwhile, SWQ Thunder will be looking to get its season back on track after going down 1-0 to Brisbane City at home in Round 3.
It was the first time SWQ Thunder have been held scoreless this season, but the Toowoomba side bounced back in the best way possible last Saturday night with a 4-1 win over Western Pride in the FFA Cup.
A win for Holland Park would bring them level with SWQ Thunder on six points, while the Thunder will be looking to bridge the gap with league leaders Brisbane City.
Saturday 10 April, 6:15pm
Whites Hill Reserve, Camp Hill
Samford Rangers v Taringa Rovers
Taringa Rovers will travel to Samford on Friday night eager to make it back-to-back wins after last week’s 7-0 demolition job of Virginia United.
The comfortable win featured a four-goal haul from Sean Karambasis, who managed to squeeze all four into a stunning 10-minute window in the second half.
It was a spellbinding performance from Karambasis, who is tipped by FQ commentator Campbell Johnson to take out the Golden Boot and Player of the Season awards this year.
Keeping Karambasis at bay will be the first order of business for Samford Rangers, which registered its first win of the season last weekend against Gold Coast side Coomera Colts.
The Rangers did well to come back from a goal down against the Colts, with quick-fire goals to Josh Campbell, Jack Panter and Dane Forsyth enough to secure the club’s first win of the season.
With Taringa and Samford both expected to be top four sides, expect a close game tomorrow night to kick off the FQPL 2 weekend.
Friday 9 April, 7:15pm
Samford Parklands, Samford
Greg Cheshire (Rochedale Rovers) – Rochedale’s captain scored four goals in last week’s 7-0 thrashing of Wynnum Wolves, and will be looking to extend his tally on Sunday against Mitchelton.
Brodie Welch (SWQ Thunder) – Welch has been in fine form in the past few weeks, with goals in the opening rounds of FQPL 1 season and two goals in Round 4 of the FFA Cup.
Brock Patton (Magic United) – Patton, who joined Magic United this season from Jimboomba United, scored two classy goals in his side’s 5-4 loss to North Star and will be one to watch as Magic host Caboolture at Birmingham Road.
Ramone Close (Caboolture FC) – Close scored the opening goal and set up the second in Caboolture’s 2-0 win over Grange Thistle in an inspired first half performance for the Snakes.
FQPL 1 Schedule:
Souths United v Brisbane City
Friday 9 April, 8:30pm
Wakerley Park, Runcorn
Southside Eagles v Sunshine Coast FC
Saturday 10 April, 6:30pm
Memorial Park, Bulimba
Wynnum Wolves v Western Pride
Sunday 11 April, 5:00pm
Carmichael Park, Tingalpa
Mitchelton FC v Rochedale Rovers
Sunday 11 April, 6:00pm
Teralba Park, Mitchelton
BYE – Ipswich Knights
FQPL 2 Schedule:
North Star v Virginia United
Friday 9 April. 8:30pm
O’Callaghan Park, Zillmere
Magic United v Caboolture FC
Saturday 10 April, 4:00pm
Birmingham Road, Carrara
Grange Thistle v Coomera Colts
Saturday 10 April, 7:00pm
Lanham Park, Grange
Image: SWQ Thunder