The Courier-Mail

Queens­land min­nows pre­pare for show­downs with big league

- MARCO MONTEVERDE

QUEENS­LAND’S re­main­ing two teams in the FFA Cup will both host A-League op­po­si­tion in their bid to reach the quar­ter-fi­nals.

NPL club Palm Beach Sharks take on Western Syd­ney Wan­der­ers, while Bris­bane Premier League out­fit Lions FC meet Perth Glory.

“We’re cer­tainly look­ing for­ward to play­ing an ALeague side,” Lions play­er­coach War­ren Moon said.

“It’s go­ing to be a huge chal­lenge for our boys to try to get a re­sult.’’

In the other round of 16 matches, Ade­laide United host Syd­ney FC, Mel­bourne City meet Welling­ton Phoenix, Hei­del­berg United do bat­tle with Syd­ney United, Hume City meet Syd­ney Olympic, Metro Stars host Oak­leigh Can­nons and Rock­dale City Suns take on Mel­bourne Vic­tory.

Dates and venues for the fix­tures will be fi­nalised to­mor­row, with Au­gust 25-26 and Septem­ber 1-2 set aside for the eight games.

The Lions-Glory game is ex­pected to be played at Perry Park or QSAC, while the Palm Beach-Wan­der­ers bat­tle is likely to take place at Robina venue Cbus Su­per Sta­dium.

The Wan­der­ers, whose side in­cludes Palm Beach prod­uct Mitch Ni­chols, knocked Bris­bane Roar out of the Cup with a 1-0 win in Pen­rith on Tues­day night.

Mean­while, Football Fed­er­a­tion Aus­tralia yesterday de­nied with­draw­ing recog­ni­tion of Pro­fes­sional Foot­ballers Aus­tralia as ten­sion grew.

There have been sug­ges­tions of a player strike, with ne­go­ti­a­tions for a new col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment (CBA) hav­ing reached a stand­still.

PFA claim FFA have ter­mi­nated the mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing that was es­tab­lished in 2007.

“The PFA has a long track record of sup­port­ing and build­ing the game. It is clear that FFA’s CBA pro­pos­als and its de­ci­sion to with­draw recog­ni­tion of the PFA are very dam­ag­ing,” PFA chief ex­ec­u­tive Adam Vi­vian said.

But FFA chief ex­ec­u­tive David Gal­lop said the sport’s na­tional gov­ern­ing body had no in­ten­tion of mov­ing for­ward with­out a CBA or MOU.

“The fact re­mains that the cur­rent MOU ex­pires this week,” Gal­lop said.

“Af­ter eight years, the de­tails of some key as­pects are now out­dated due to agreed changes over time and need to be al­tered to re­flect the cur­rent land­scape, which the FFA is com­mit­ted to re­solv­ing.’’

 ??  ?? COM­MIT­TED STANCE: FFA CEO David Gal­lop.
COM­MIT­TED STANCE: FFA CEO David Gal­lop.

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