Ipswich Knights Reserve grade players, including Michael Brown (No. 5), celebrate a goal during last Saturday’s 4-0 win over Southside Eagles.
Ipswich Knights Reserve grade players, including Michael Brown (No. 5), celebrate a goal during last Saturday’s 4-0 win over Southside Eagles. Sarah Harvey

Premier League return top goal

HAVING played Premier League and Division one football, Phil Brown hopes Western Spirit features in next year's elite Football Brisbane competition.

"There's good facilities, good coaching and good equipment (at Spirit's Kippen Park base)," Brown said.

"But there's always room for improvement and 2013 is where we're trying to form part of the restructured league."

Since switching from the Ipswich Knights, Brown has played in each of Spirit's six Division one games under new coach Stewart Drinkeld.

"I definitely want to get back playing Premier League and if it's through Ipswich, that would be ideal for me," he said.

"Playing Premier League has to be the number one goal."

Meanwhile, his younger brother Michael has high hopes for the Ipswich Knights Reserve grade team this year.

Under new coach Peter McKendrick, the Knights head into the Easter break unbeaten with five wins and a draw.

"If we keep defending the way we're defending and scoring the way we are scoring, there's no reason we won't win the title," Michael said.

"There's a lot of good young players with a few older heads."

Michael said injuries and washouts had tested his team's character early this season.

"It's very difficult to get any continuity together," he said.

"We're finally starting to get it and to turn three points clear at Easter, we're very happy."

For the third playing member of the Brown family, enjoyment is the name of the game.

Chris, an insurance manager, said he was thriving on Spirit's professional approach this season.

"At the start of the year, I pretty much set myself two goals," Chris said, having made his Reserve and top grade debut against Moggill last month.

"And they were to score a goal this season for Western Spirit in the Reserves and to play top team. I did that on my first game for Western Spirit."

Michael, a sales representative for a Brisbane concrete company, warned that Chris would be more dangerous.

"As he gets fitter, we might see a bit more of him because he's a good player," Michael said.

 

Latest points:

Division 1

1. Southside Eagles 15 points (6 games), 2. Mitchelton 11 (5),

3. Albany Creek 9 (4), 4. Moggill 8 (6), 5. Logan 8 (5), 6. Pine Hills 8 (4), 7. Western Spirit 8 (6),

8. Pine Rivers Utd 7 (4),

9. Ipswich Knights 7 (5),

10. Brisbane Force 6 (5),

11. Rocklea Utd 6 (5), 12. Ipswich City 6 (6), 13. Mt Gravatt 1 (5),

14. Slacks Creek 1 (6).

Reserve grade

1. Ipswich Knights 16 points (6 games),

2. Southside Eagles 13 (6),

3. Moggill 10 (6), 4. Mitchelton 10 (5), 5. Pine Rivers Utd 9 (5),

6. Western Spirit 9 (6), 7. Mt Gravatt 8 (6), 8. Brisbane Force 7 (6), 9. Logan 6 (5), 10. Albany Creek 6 (5), 11. Rocklea United 6 (6), 12. Pine Hillls 5 (4),

13. Ipswich City 4 (6), 14. Slacks Creek 3 (6).

 

STATE OF PLAY

Next Division 1 (and Reserve grade matches): Friday, April 13 - Ipswich City v Logan Lightning at Cornubia Park (6.30pm and 8.30pm).

Saturday, April 14: Western Spirit v Mt Gravatt at Dittmer Park (4pm and 6.15pm); Ipswich Knights v Moggill at Bellbowrie Sports Complex (4.55pm and 7pm).



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