Knights scout for first BPL win, Spirit and Bulls building
THE Ipswich Knights are monitoring three key players as they chase their first win of the Brisbane Premier League season at Bundamba on Sunday.
Defender Devon Munn, midfielder Dan Liddy and striker Mitch Davis are dealing with pre-season niggling injuries.
Munn strained a medial ligament, Liddy is resting shin splints and Davis rolled his ankle.
However, head coach Stewart Drinkeld expects the trio back the next couple of weeks.
The Knights face Easts in their 4pm clash having drawn 3-3 with Albany Creek and losing 1-0 to Logan.
"We're on track. The boys are training really well at the moment,'' Drinkeld said.
"We're looking forward to getting a good result on Sunday.''
The Knights also have their first FFA Cup knockout competition match on Wednesday night. The Knights host Park Ridge in the 7.30pm clash at Bundamba.
Meanwhile, Western Spirit will tackle Oxley United on Saturday afternoon without key signing Brodie Kenyon, who has first division cricket commitments with the Eastern Taipans.
Captain Joel Hancock will slot back into the side after missing last weekend's win over Slacks Creek.
Hancock was rested after copping a knock to his ribs in Spirit's opening round loss to The Gap.
"We're pretty settled,'' Spirit head coach Nick Paterson said.
"We just want to get on a bit of a run now.''
Home after a five-week overseas holiday, new Ipswich City Bulls coach Norbert Duga will resume his guidance role for tomorrow night's clash with The Gap at Sutton Park.
Duga returned to training on Thursday night after an "amazing'' trip to the United States, United Kingdom and Europe.
After loyal clubman Trent Abel ran the team in its first two games - a 3-0 loss to Acacia Ridge before last weekend's 3-1 win over Redcliffe - Norbert is keen to help the team move forward.
"We've got a bit of work to do. There's a lot of new boys and a lot of young fellas,'' he said.
Having been a regular first grader at the club in recent seasons, Duga plans to concentrate on coaching in the short-term.
- National Premier League: Tomorrow (7pm) - Western Pride v Gold Coast at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex.
- Women's NPL: Sunday (1pm) - Western Pride v Gold Coast at Bond University.
- Brisbane Premier League: Sunday (4pm) - Ipswich Knights v Eastern Suburbs at Eric Evans Oval, Bundamba.
- Capital League 2: Saturday (3.30pm) - Western Spirit v Oxley United at Dunlop Park. 6pm: Ipswich City v The Gap at Sutton Park, Brassall.