Jets ready for grand final rematch

Scott Stewart who has been a tower of strength in jets' back line this season. Picture Albert Perez


Team spirit a key factor, says Brownlie

 

THE PlayStation 4 Grand Final trophy is not at stake this weekend – but it has increased the rivalry between Moreton Bay United and Brisbane Strikers.

 

That is the verdict of Jets’ captain Royce Brownlie as both teams put the finishing touches to preparations for Saturday’s clash at Wolter Park (6pm).

 

Jets have started with three straight victories and share top spot in the PlayStation 4 NL Queensland with FNQ Heat. Strikers are 10th with two draws.

 

But last season’s dramatic 2-1 victory by Jets will have little bearing on this fixture, said the experienced striker.

 

“There have been changes in both squads since the Grand Final,” said Brownlie, the NPL Queensland all-time leading scorer with 65 goals and a former Brisbane Striker.

The team spriit which carried Jets to last season's double has helped this season's fast start. Picture Albert Perez

 

“But that game has helped create a great rivalry between the two teams which will make this game a great occasion.

 

“We have replaced a lot of players very well. The way they have been supported by the coaches and the club has helped them - and it has shown in our results.

 

“You don’t always know personalities and how they will fit in. But one of our strengths last season was how everyone got on so well. It made us a formidable force.

 

“Teams might beat one of our players but they couldn’t beat the next one. And I think that has rolled on.”

 

Jets’ fast start has come despite injuries to key players such as Brownlie, Matt Capelo, Ray Schultz and Jackson Hall. But many are back and others very close.

 

“Each week’s becoming a nightmare for the coaches with more players available and others doing so well,” said Brownlie.

 

“Jackson’s on the way back. Alex (Janovsky) has been so good, Jordi (Jordan Farina) has done well, Seb (Sebastian Kalos) has come in at left back and played a blinder, Stewy (Scott Stewart) and Matt Bryne at the back have been excellent.”

 

Brownlie made his return to action off the bench at Redlands last weekend and reckons he’s about 90 per cent fit.

 

“Like the others, it’s up to the coaches to decide where that leaves me with team selection,” he said “and the fact we have a two-week break after this.”