Our clubs chasing grand final glory

Published 8:00am 14 October 2021

Our clubs chasing grand final glory
Words by Nick Crockford

North Pine's timing appears to be spot on approaching Saturday’s Capital League 1 Grand Final against Logan Metro at Perry Park, 7.30pm.

The Gorillas have won five and lost one of their six games since the restart in August, following a short COVID lockdown.

They finished third on the ladder and won 3-0 at runners-up Newmarket, goals from David Clayton, Liam Culpitt and Colby Cooper, in the semi-final.

Great occasions

Now Gorillas are one win from silverware before possibly moving into FQPL4 under the new Football Queensland structure.

“Promotion was the target at the start of the year,” said coach Michael Brockwell, “but grand finals are great occasions for the club and the fans.

“We believe we have a chance. Our form has been good The only game we lost was to (Premiers) Pine Hills with a player sent off after 25 minutes.”

Clayton was the league’s second highest scorer this season with 15. North Pine and Logan Metro beat each other once in the regular season.

Our clubs chasing grand final glory
Dolphins ' Josh Wilson shoots over against Clairvaux on Sunday. Picture: Winning Shot Photography

Redcliffe Dolphins (formerly PCYC) is aiming for its first silverware in the Capital League 2 Grand Final against North Brisbane at Perry Park on Saturday, 2.30pm.

The club snatched second place and promotion on the final day of the regular season with a crushing defeat of Clairvaux.

That was followed by a closer 2-1 win over the same side on Sunday in the play-off semi-finals, with goals from Josh Blackburn and Lachlan Brophy.

'Quietly confident'

Senior Men’s Coach Jamie Kirwan said the top side and reserves targeted promotion and finals football this year. The reserves just missed the top four.

“The grand final is icing on the cake,” Kirwan said. “We go into the game quietly confident we can get a result and bring Dolphins SC its first senior silverwear.

“Both the first team and ressies would like to thank the club and their supporters who have cheered them all season.”

Our clubs chasing grand final glory
Albany Creek Excelsior (ACE) after winning their semi-final against St George Willawong on Saturday.

Albany Creek Excelsior (ACE) is on the cusp of a stunning clean sweep.

The club as already won the Premier League and Premier League Reserves Premierships, Canale Cup and combined Club Championship trophies this season.

Now ACE Reserves, undefeated this season, face Toowong Reserves, beaten only once in two years (1-0 by ACE in July), at CTM Management Stadium, on Friday, 7.30pm.

Unbeaten record

The ACE senior side, also unbeaten this season, takes on Premier League runners-up Bayside United at Perry Park on Sunday, 5.30pm.

“It’ll definitely be close,” ACE captain Sean Lewis said, “Bayside are a team that is going to scrap and graft all the way for 90-plus minutes.

“But we’ve been playing very well the last few matches playing in a big, wide field like Perry Park suits our game. I love grand finals and cup matches.”

Just across the Ted Smout Bridge, Brighton Bulldogs are preparing for their Capital League 3 grand final against Tarragindi at Perry Park on Friday, 7.30pm.

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