Exciting time to shoot for glory
A STAGGERING nine Ipswich sides will contest Football Brisbane grand finals this weekend, with the Ipswich City Bulls, Ipswich Knights and Springfield all fielding teams.
Bulls CL6 v Moggill at Sutton Park
THE Bulls' City League 6 men have far and away been the best team this season, but tonight they come up against the only side to give them grief.
Moggill rocked to a 3-1 win at Sutton Park on July 28 to hand the Bulls their first and only loss of the 18-game season. It followed consecutive 2-2 draws between the teams earlier in the year.
Of the 11 points the Bulls dropped this season, Moggill accounted for seven of them.
Statistically, the Bulls have been dominant. They boast the most potent attack (63 goals scored) and most miserly defence (18 goals conceded). Moggill are fourth and second in those categories respectively.
Key to the Bulls' success will be how strike duo Laurence Wendt and Brendan Jones perform. The pair combined for 22 goals from 34 appearances this season.
Jones put two past the Moggill goalkeeper in round nine, but was absent for the most recent loss.
Knights CL5 v Logan City Kings at Eric Evans Oval
RECENT history goes against the Knights when they host Logan City Kings at Eric Evans Oval tonight.
In two meetings this season, the Logan side have taken full points.
That included a 7-1 drubbing in round four, when Tinashe Madau struck a hat-trick inside 25 minutes to put the game to bed mid-way through the second half.
The round 13 meeting at Eric Evans Oval was a closer affair, with the visitors prevailing 3-2.
Statistically the two sides cannot be separated, with the Knights boasting a +53 goal difference and Logan +52.
However the Knights can claim to have the top three scorers in the competition this season, with Kyle Procter (29), Joshua Long (23) and Jesse Acutt (22) finding pay dirt regularly.
Procter looms as the likely match-winner, with eight goals in the last four games.
Long has been equally potent, putting seven in the back of the net in the same timespan.
Bulls u13D5 v Lions FC
IT IS a grand final match-up few would have expected heading into last weekend's semi-finals.
The top two sides of the under 13 Division 5 competition, Logan City Kings and Logan Village, were the clear number one and two sides after 17 regular season games.
But in finals anything can happen, and it did.
The Bulls, led by Golden Boot runner-up Daniel Elger, broke a 2-2 half time deadlock to prevail 4-3 over Logan Village to secure their place in the decider.
Lions were just as impressive in a 2-1 result over Logan City.
Those results mean the number three and four sides will contest the grand final, in what shapes as a thrilling contest.
The Bulls prevailed 3-2 in their round three contest at Sutton Park, before Lions returned with a vengeance in a 7-0 rout in round 10.
Earlier this month the teams played out a 2-2 draw, squaring the ledger at one win, one loss and one draw from three contests so far.
Saturday's winner will thus boast not just a winning head-to-head record, but also the title of under 13 Division 5 champions.
Knights u13D4 v Annerley
IT WILL be an uphill battle for the Knights' under 13 Division 4 boys when they tackle competition leaders Annerley tomorrow.
Their opponents have shipped just 10 goals all season, and dropped just five points of a possible 48.
But in the Knights' favour is their relatively good form against the raging competition favourites.
In two meetings this season, Annerley have won just 3-1 and 2-1 respectively.
The Knights have had an even spread of goal scorers this season, with no player eclipsing the 10-goal mark.
But Zac Merikallio has been in good form in recent weeks, booting seven goals in the last four matches. He looms as a key player for the Knights if they are to upset Annerley and take the trophy back to Eric Evans Oval.
Knights CL4 v Tarragindi Tigers
EVERYTHING points to a Knights victory in this one, when the premiers host fourth-placed Tarragindi Tigers tomorrow.
The Ipswich side are one win and one draw against their opponents this season, having lost just one game in 16 starts.
Tarragindi shocked second seed Annerley 3-0 last time out to book their place in the City League 4 decider.
But statistically, the Knights should have their measure.
The hosts struck 26 more goals than the next-best side this season, and their goal difference of +41 is more than double Annerley in second.
The Tigers have been stingy in defence conceding just 21 goals in 16 outings. But the Knights have failed to score three goals just four times this season.
They boast the competition's leading goal scorer in Matthew Savini, who is good for one goal per game on average.
Knights u15D5 v Logan City Kings
THIS one is about as even as it gets.
The top two sides this season were separated only on goal difference, as they finished with 14 wins, two draws and two losses each.
Head to head is a similar story, with draws coming in both their round nine and 18 clashes.
The Knights hold the best defensive record in the league, whilst the Kings are the competition's highest scoring unit.
Even if it comes down to a shoot out, the two sides each have a goal scoring threat to lean on.
Logan's Andria Andria is the leading scorer with 28 goals in 16 matches. The Knights have Ashleigh Costin, good for third on the goal-scoring charts with 24 from 19 starts.
Flip a coin for this one folks.
Springfield u14 D5 v Greenbank
IN A season where you lost just one game, you would expect to enter the grand final as raging favourites.
As it is, the Springfield United under 14 Division 5 side will not.
They face a Greenbank side which boasts an astonishing +110 goal differential from 18 games.
In a four-game stretch this season, the premiership winners scored 46 times and conceded just once. They dropped only two points all season.
But that was against Springfield in round 11, and that result will fill the underdogs with confidence heading into Sunday's clash.
Although Greenbank found the back of the net 130 times this season, Springfield boast a defensive record of just 14 goals conceded in 17 outings.
The competition's top two sides shapes as a battle between an irresistible force and an immovable object.
Springfield u14 D4 v Slacks Creek
AN UNDEFEATED Spring- field side will look to cap off their remarkable season in the best possible way.
They play Slacks Creek in the under 14 Division 4 grand final on Sunday.
Springfield dropped just six points points all season, for 15 wins and three draws.
Unfortunately two of those draws came to Slacks Creek.
The Tigers finished second in every measurable category to Springfield - second in points, goals scored, goals against and differential.
Victor Leddy (31 goals) and Espoir Afatchao (27 goals) finished as the competition's number one and two scorers respectively.
Everything points to a blockbuster match-up between the two outstanding teams from the under 14 Division 4 season.
Bulls CL1 Women v UQFC
FRESH from a week off and chasing a fourth-consecutive premiership-championship double, the Bulls women host UQFC on Sunday.
The top-ranked offence meets the stingiest defence in a replay of the qualifying final clash from August 25.
In that contest it was the Bulls who booked their early place in the decider, courtesy of a 2-1 win.
The number one and two-seeded teams met twice in the regular season, with the Bulls claiming round six bragging rights and UQFC winning in round 15.
Head-to-head the home side has won all three encounters, and with the match at Sutton Park, the Bulls will hope it gives them the advantage.
With 44 goals on the season, Bulls striker Nikki Cox was far and away the leading scorer in the competition.
UQFC's Melina Philpot finished equal-second with 28 goals.
Her teammate Ellen Howard netted 16.
Friday: Bulls City League 6 v Moggill at Sutton Park (6.30pm); Knights City League 5 v Logan City Kings at Eric Evans Oval (8pm).
Saturday: Bulls U13 Division 5 v Lions FC at Usher Park (10.45am); Knights U13 Division 4 v Annerley at Usher Park (12.30pm); Knights City League 4 v Tarragindi Tigers at Eric Evans Oval (1pm).
Sunday: Knights U15 Division 5 v Logan City Kings at Progress Park (9am); Springfield U14 Division 5 v Greenbank at Usher Park (9am); Springfield U14 Division 4 v Slacks Creek at Usher Park (11am); Bulls City League 1 Women v UQFC at Sutton Park (4pm).