The 2017 Capital Football Capital League will kick off tomorrow with four big games at 3pm.
Reigning Champions ANU FC will look to start off strong after a dominant season last year, where they lost only three times and claimed the Premiership by seven points.
They will take on Canberra Olympic at Deakin as the hosts aim to improve on last year’s fourth place finish and move up the table. Olympic made it to the first round of finals from fourth place but were eliminated on penalties by eventual Grand Finalists Queanbeyan City after a 2-2 scoreline.
This fixture also opened the season last year, and on that occasion points were shared in a 1-1 draw as Olympic embarked on a four match winless streak, a start they will be looking to avoid this season.
Cooma Soccer Club will make their first appearance in the Capital League this season and will take on O’Connor Knights at Kaleen enclosed. Cooma can go into the clash with a degree of confidence after a hard season for O’Connor last year, where the Knights finished seventh and missed out on finals by 12 points.
The Knights will be looking to get their campaign into gear immediately, aiming to start strong to best last season’s total of only four wins on the year. At home to the new boys on the block presents the perfect opportunity to jump off the mark.
Last year’s Premiership Runners-up White Eagles will travel to Narrabundah on Saturday afternoon to face a Narrabundah FC side keen to improve on their sixth place finish from last season.
White Eagles were beaten narrowly by ANU in the first week of finals before going down to Queanbeyan the following week to be eliminated, but are shaping as a threat to ANU once more this season.
The final match of the round sees Queanbeyan City take on Weston Molonglo, who missed out on finals football by a solitary point last season. That is sure to be a motivating factor for the side as they come out to begin the season, and they will prove a hard task for their opponents.
City went all the way to the grand final in last year’s campaign before losing out to ANU, but will likely have their sights set higher on the ladder than the third place they achieved last season. Sure to be a good game, that match kicks off at 3pm at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.
The Capital League is shaping up to be a great season and with a cracking first round in store, all four matches are anyone’s to take.