NPL Preview – Strikers v Thunder

Feb 01, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers open their 2019 National Premier Leagues Queensland campaign on Saturday night in an exciting home fixture against Toowoomba’s SWQ Thunder at Perry Park.

The match marks the first competitive hit-out of the year for coach Owen Baker’s new-look squad, who are aiming to return to finals football after finishing one position shy of the Semi-Finals in 2018.

The match marks the seventh straight year Brisbane Strikers have opened their NPL season at their Perry Park home ground.

The home side come into the match in solid pre-season form after finishing third in the recently completed Kappa Silver Boot pre-season tournament.

Supporters will be eager to see that return translate to the season proper, with Brisbane Strikers not winning an opening round fixture since 2013 despite their home ground advantage.

Strikers To Watch

  • The home side will be led on to the pitch by new Brisbane Strikers captain Jake McLean, who was named in last year’s NPL Queensland Team of the Season. The classy midfielder takes the captain’s armband for his fourth season with the club – Read more
  • Off-season attacking recruit Andy Pengelly (previously Western Pride) will be seeking his first competitive goal for Brisbane Strikers after banging a team-leading nine goals during the pre-season Kappa Silver Boot tournament – Read more
  • It promises to be a happy home-coming for former Strikers Premiership winning fullback Chris Maher (previously Lions FC) and midfielder Fraser Hills (previously Gold Coast United), who have returned to the club for the 2019 season – Read more

Our opponents

  • Thunder come into the season on the back of their best year yet in the National Premier Leagues – finishing in seventh position in 2018.
  • The Toowoomba club has added some unexpected samba flair for 2019 with Brazilian Thiago Kosloski taking the reins as coach and technical director. The club has also signed Vandinho (previously Ypiranga FC) and Douglas (previously Americano FC) from the Brazilian lower divisions. However, the defensive duo are yet to arrive in Australia
  • Thunder added further international spark in the off-season with the signing of Solomon Islands national team midfielder James Egata, who previously played Oceania Champions League football with Honiara’s Marist FC.
  • Thunder have only once won their opening match of the National Premier Leagues season (2016 v Northern Fury), with their first ever competitive win in 2014 against CQ Energy officially ruled a no result after the Rockhampton club departed the competition mid-season.

Head-to-Head

  • Strikers have truly had the wood over Thunder in previous meetings – winning nine of ten previous encounters since 2014 and losing just once.
  • Strikers have never conceded a goal at Perry Park against Thunder, while at the same time finding the back of the net on 21 occasions in five previous matches at their home ground
  • Strikers 5-0 win over Thunder in the corresponding fixture last season was the club’s highest winning margin of the season at their Perry Park home ground.

Did you Know?

Clashes between Brisbane Strikers and SWQ Thunder are sometimes referred to as the “Lightning Bolt Derby”. The nickname is a tongue-in-cheek nod to the lightning motif taht features on the club crests of both teams.

Broadcast

The match will be live streamed on the Football Queensland YouTube channel – Watch here

Match Details

National Premier Leagues Queensland
Round 1

Brisbane Strikers v SWQ Thunder

Saturday, February 2 @ 6:15PM
Perry Park, Bowen Hills

Entry – $5 (Adults), Free (Under 16’s)

Canteen and bar facilities will be available in the Brisbane Strikers club house.

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