The countdown for the start of the 2019 season continues as Football Brisbane have officially released the Vilic Law Brisbane Capital League One fixtures.
Roger Hunter and Nat Robson’s men will start our new campaign away at New Farm Park (vs New Farm United) on what will be a big test for our lads after the drop from last seasons Flight Centre Brisbane Premier League. Another big test early on will be against a side well known for their physicality in St George Willawong as we take them on in round two at home.
With preseason back in full swing, both first team and reserve Hawks squads have played Grange Thistle and Musgrave Mustangs with both our sides recording wins in each fixture. With three games in the next two weeks, Head Coach Roger Hunter is busily preparing his side for a hit at gaining some silverware at seasons end.
“The squad is still new and learning, with a total of 30 new players coming to Hawks this season. Nat and I are making sure that the new squad gels well and understands what is required to wear the proud Mt Gravatt Hawks shirt,” Roger Hunter said.
“We have been working hard to coach the squad, get fit and push for promotion back to the BPL. We hope that all of Mt Gravatt will be behind us this year in our quest for promotion.”
Round 6 - Sunday, 31st March at Dittmer Park
Round 17 - Friday, 12th July at Elder Oval
One of our local rivals, Annerley, always provide us with quite a test and push us to the end. The last competitive game between the two clubs was in the 2015 season, where the points were split on opening day, but the hawks pushed through for a 3-1 win in the return match in round 12. Although it’s been nearly three seasons since our last competitive games, we have met them in preseason fixtures in the last two years, with the hawks recording wins on both occasions.
This seasons fixture will add some fire into the match as a couple players have made the trip down the M3 to Dittmer Park.
Round 11 - Saturday, 31st March at Albert Bishop Park
Round 22 - Saturday, 24th August at Dittmer Park
Our relegation colleagues from last season, Virginia United, proved to be a tough test on both outings especially in round eight when we lost 2-0 away at Albert Bishop Park. The story was much more positive when The Reds came to Dittmer Park, as the sides battled out a grueling and frustrating 1-1 draw that helped neither sides survival hopes.
If the pundits around Brisbane are correct, both sides are tipped to be promotion contenders and could see the round 22 clash at Dittmer Park be the deciding game.
Round 9 - Saturday, 4th May at OÇallaghan Park
Round 20 - Sunday, 11th August at Dittmer Park
Controversy between the two clubs late in the 2017 season is set to make this match up quite interesting. The Hawks survived the drop before the restructuring last season thanks to an admin error by North Star. Before the last game of the season, it was found North Star had filled out a team sheet incorrectly which lead to the loss of three points and dropped below Mt Gravatt into the relegation zone. After the Hawks beat Acacia Ridge 2-0 on the final day of the season, North Star couldn’t match that win and ultimately were relegated.
Another team tipped to do well this season, North Star will be looking to build on last season’s finals appearance and with a tie in Round 20, it is quite possible this could be another decisive game in the Hawks quest to bounce back up to the to top flight.