109 goals: Why these footballers are real Crocs to fear
WITH some of Ipswich's best players of the past still having a run, it's little wonder the Knights "Crocs'' are in finals contention again.
However, as part-time goalkeeper Peter Hallett is quick to highlight, it's terrific having footballers from the Knights, Ipswich City Bulls and Western Spirit uniting.
"They are a good bunch of blokes,'' Hallett said of being part of this season's Ipswich Knights City League 6 Gold competition side.
"It's been enjoyable, a bit of fun.
"We get a little bit competitive there at stages.''
The Knights team host Saturday night's semi-final against arch rivals Annerley having finished on top of the competition with 15 wins, one draw and only two losses.
Annerley finished second with 13 wins, one draw and four losses.
However, the Knights have scored an amazing 109 goals, more than double any other side in the CL6 Gold competition.
With the quality players in the Knights side, it's easy to see why.
Former Premier League footballers like Devon Munn, Dan Liddy, Matt Flick, Danny Wilson and his brother Lucas are in the team. They also have Ipswich Grammar and St Edmund's College ties.
Other players with considerable experience include Paul Milne and Nigel Lucas.
The team also has some family connections with Brent Wilson playing before he had to withdraw through a hand injury.
Hallett's 19-year-old son Aidan joined the team this season after coming back from a knee reconstruction.
Other players to have contributed to the Knights success include Andrew Ingleton, Ashley Montgomery, Ben Whyte, Damien Schiks, Brayden Hoffmann, Paul Reeves, Matthew Johnson, Ben Thomas, Stewart Drinkeld and Dane Richardson.
"It's more experience I think. More experience is better than youth these days,'' Hallett, 41, said.
"It's a mixed bag of ages.''
Given the football knowledge in the Knights side, no-one has been appointed captain.
"We just share it around,'' Hallett said, also spending time in goals withs Danny Wilson.
The winner of Saturday's 7pm semi-final at Eric Evans Oval advances directly to the CL6 grand final.
"They (Annerley) have been the team to beat again,'' Hallett said, recalling past tough battles with Saturday night's opponents.
The Knights Crocs hope to advance in their trophy quest as the club's under-20 side also prepare for finals football.
The Knights under 20s tackle Rochedale in Saturday's 3.45pm match at Bundamba having secured fourth spot with 14 wins and two draws.
The 12th placed Knights top side have their final game of the Football Queensland Premier League season against Rochedale at 6pm on Saturday.