It’s been a massively busy week here in Brisbane with a new signing, a top 3 clash with the Wanderers on the horizon, and the training base the clubs needed for years finally on the way.
A New Home
After nearly 5 years of talking about the possibility, Brisbane Roar this week reached an agreement with the Logan City Council to develop a training and administration base at Heritage Park on Brisbane’s south side.
The development will see a replicate of the Suncorp Stadium pitch created on the site with a small grandstand, in addition to two or three additional fields, training rooms, function rooms as well as the clubs administrative base.
In addition to the Roar, Football Brisbane will be moving into the facility, with the intention of staging Grand Finals and Cup finals at the new main field, while their aged based representative sides will also gather there.
The development, which is yet to release a timetable for conclusion brings to an end the Roar’s years of playing second fiddle at various grounds across Brisbane. Since inception in 2005 the Roar have trained at Lions FC’s base in Richlands, before moving base to Ballymore, Perry Park and currently Griffith University.
Tommy returns to Roar
One of Brisbane’s young guns of the past have returned to the Roar this week with Tommy Oar signing a 2.5year deal which will see him return to Brisbane until the end of the 2017-18 season.
n his first spell with the Roar, Oar made 23 appearances for Brisbane chipping in with two goals, primarily during the 2009-10 season where Brisbane missed the finals under Ange Postecoglou.
At the end of that season Oar, and fellow teammates Adam Sarota and Michael Zullo headed for Eredivise club FC Utrecht, where here made 105 appearances, scoring 14 goals.
Oar had been a free agent having ended his brief spell with English club Ipswich Town in January.
Deal with the Lions
Also on Monday, the Roar and Lions announced a deal which will see members of both clubs given the chance to experience the other code. 5000 Lions members will be given the opportunity to secure tickets to next weeks clash with Victory, while 5000 Roar members can secure a seat to the Lions clash with Collingwood later in the year.
On field- Adelaide recap, Wanderers preview
Last week John Aloisi made his biggest call to date as Brisbane manager by benching the clubs marquee player Thomas Broich for Saturday’s trip to Adelaide. Based on his performances in recent weeks, it’s hard to argue that it wasn’t a risk worth taking, but it didn’t work and he should be back in for Friday nights clash with the Wanderers.
The performance in Adelaide –of which I only saw 50 minutes due to the clash with the NPL- was as bad as it’s been in recent weeks, and there will need to be a massive lift if the Roar are to maintain a top 2 finish given the upcoming run of fixtures.
In contrast to the Roar, Western Sydney enter this game on the back of a positive performance at home to Perth, and they’ll be here to try and eliminate the Roar from the Premiership race and extend their lead at the top of the table.
Finally this week, the Roar youth side started out their 2016 NPL season with a 1-1 draw against the Strikers at Perry Park on Saturday. The performance was a welcome distraction from the events in Adelaide saw Jesse Daley score an impressive goal early in the second half before the Strikers equalised minutes later.
Up next for the Roar is a trip to Wolter Park against Moreton Bay on Saturday.