The Courier-Mail

Strik­ers lash out at draw call


BRIS­BANE Strik­ers chair­man Bruce At­ter­ton-Evans has slammed Football Queens­land for rob­bing his club of the chance of win­ning the NPL Queens­land premier­ship by not reschedul­ing last week­end’s post­poned matches.

More­ton Bay Jets were yesterday de­clared NPLQ pre­miers cour­tesy of their su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence to the Strik­ers, with both clubs on 47 points.

Satur­day’s wet weather forced the Strik­ers-North­ern Fury clash and the SWQ Thun­der-Jets game to be called off. Both matches were yesterday de­clared 0-0 draws.

The de­ci­sion not to resched­ule the games has also robbed the Strik­ers of the po­ten­tial chance of con­test­ing the NPL Aus­tralian fi­nals se­ries, the win­ner of which qual­i­fies for the round of 32 in next year’s FFA Cup.

“We are gut­ted and de­stroyed that the de­ci­sion for the premier­ship has been de­ter­mined in an of­fice in­stead of on the field where it should have been,” At­ter­ton-Evans said. “It is a dis­grace that Football Queens­land has al­lowed this to hap­pen.’’

FQ chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Graham Lee said travel re­quire­ments and a lack of avail­able dates made it too tough to resched­ule the matches.

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