Bulls eye promotion as brace for final home game lift
HEADING into their final home game of the regular season, the Ipswich City Bulls are still striving for second spot.
But it's not only the prospect of returning to finals' football that has the Bulls on high alert.
With a major restructure of next year's Football Brisbane competitions under way, the Bulls could be promoted to a higher rung if they finish this season behind leaders Centenary.
With three games to play, the Bulls are currently in third spot on 40 points, trailing Centenary (50) and Virginia United (46).
Annerley loom close behind the Bulls on 39 points as this year's Capital League 2 season draws to an end.
Battling a bout of flu, head coach Norbert Duga said being in second spot contention gave his team plenty to play for preparing to tackle Toowong at Sutton Park on Saturday night.
The Bulls then face Virginia United in a crucial match.
"It's in our hands now,'' Duga said. "If we win those last three games, we get that second spot.''
Although he wisely stayed away from training this week, Duga has confidence in the Bulls' ability to make a late season charge.
"I've been really happy,'' he said, only disappointed with City's recent 1-1 draw with Centenary. The Bulls conceded in the last minute.
Leading goal scorer Ryan Adekoya New has been nursing a sore foot. But Duga expected the Bulls to be full strength on Saturday night.
Ipswich's MasterChef runner-up Ben Ungermann is cooking up a treat at the Brassall fields. That could give the Bulls a bigger support base for the important game.
Western Spirit are also at home on Saturday night, able to do the Bulls a favour by beating Virginia United.
Meanwhile, Ipswich Knights strikers Lucas Wilson and Peter Drager will undergo fitness tests before Saturday night's clash with Peninsula Power at AJ Kelly Park.
The Knights prepare for their latest Brisbane Premier League encounter on a winning streak.
Although they can't make the finals, the Knights are keen to test themselves against a team in second spot and still vying for championship honours.
"Peninsula Power have very competent players all over the park,'' Knights head coach Danny Wilson said.
"They are team that can really hurt you if you give them half an opportunity.''
Wilson has been happy with his team's progress over the past month.
"This is a game that we have nothing to lose,'' Wilson said.
"We can go out there and express ourselves.
"If we play to our potential with a positive mindset I am confident that we can take some points away.''
BPL: Saturday (5pm) - Ipswich Knights v Peninsula Power at AJ Kelly Park.
CL2: Saturday (6pm) - Ipswich City v Toowong at Sutton Park; Western Spirit v Virginia United at Kippen Park. The Reserves play at 4pm at each venue.