The Courier-Mail

Strikers lash out at draw call

- MARCO MONTEVERDE

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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