Townsville Football Cup 24 – 30th of August!

Posted by SportsMed NQ, 13 August 2014

Bragging rights and redemption on the table in the Wingate Properties Townsville Football Cup

August 24 marks the beginning of the Townsville Football Cup which will see Northern Fury FC and a North Queensland All Stars team come up against some of the heavy weights in Australian Football. A-League teams the Brisbane Roar, Sydney FC, and Newcastle Jets will be making the trip north in their final preparations for the approaching A-League season. The Northern Fury have been matched up against Sydney FC and the Brisbane Roar in what will surely be some entertaining matches.

In the lead up to these matches we thought it would be worth looking into the history between these two clubs.

Northern Fury Vs Sydney FC

The Fury have a history of highs and lows against Sydney FC. In 2009 their first A-League game with Sydney would have hurt, losing 3-2 from a John Aloisi penalty late in the game. One month later Robbie Fowler scored the only goal of the match giving the Fury a 1-0 victory. Unfortunately the final time these two teams met the Fury were embarrassed 4-1, with Sydney going on to claim the A-League title later that season. In the 2010/11 season however, the Sky Blues had much more of a challenge trying to defend their A-League crown. The reigning champions were unable to record a defeat over the Fury, with two wins and a draw awarded to the team from northern Queensland.

The upcoming game will be a chance for the Northern Fury to make it 4 games unbeaten against Sydney FC.

Northern Fury Vs Brisbane Roar

The Fury’s first season against fellow Queenslanders, The Brisbane Roar, resulted in only two draw and a loss. Although the Fury maintained boasting rights, finishing two places above the Roar in 7th place at the completion of the season. That’s about as good as it gets for the Fury though, suffering two defeats and a draw the following season. Although game preparation could have been hindered by the arrival of Cyclone Yasi for the last defeat they suffered.

The upcoming match is a good chance to regain bragging rights after what could only be labelled as a disappointing finish to the 2010/11 season (8 straight losses and placing last).

One to watch: Currently Ari Isman of the Northern Fury is working tirelessly around the clock to rehabilitate a hamstring injury sustained against NPL side Morton Bay United. He is particularly committed to his rehabilitation as he is a long time supporter of Sydney FC and could think of nothing better than playing against them. Should Ari recover in time, watch out for him as a central defender in the Fury’s line up, he is sure to get a fair bit of work thrown his way in the form of Mensur Kurtiši/ Thomas Broich (Brisbane Roar) and Shane Smeltz/Bernie Ibini (Sydney FC).

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