It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …through a combination of fixturing and the floods it means we will go weeks without a Brisbane Roar game since the thrilling 3 all draw with the Mariners.
Two of our three remaining home games have now been switched from Suncorp Stadium to the Gold Coasts Skilled Park. Even the final home game of the regular season is in doubt and may need to be moved. Ironically though the game most suited for Skilled Park (the derby between Gold Coast and the Roar) may be played at somewhere like QSAC because Rugby League has already booked rthat date for the NRL all stars game.
If Suncorp isn’t available hopefully the FFA can sort something out date wise so that what is looming as a fantastic fixture (local derby with Roar needing a point to clinch first place) is played in front of the biggest audience possible.
The break between games has had some positives for the Roar. The team looked to be needing a rest and the break coming at this time has meant reducing the games the side has had to play without Franjic (injured) and Mckay (national duty) who have both been missed.
On the flip side while the fans have to watch the Mariners close the gap game by game and now loom as the team most likely to spoil the Roars premiership party, by far the worst news is that the side looks set to lose Luke Devere who used the break to travel too Gyeongnam of the K league to negotiate a transfer. A key part of the Roars success this season he would be a massive loss no matter when he left but we all know it would happen eventually ....just not so soon. The Australia day match against Wellington will be his farewell game.
Like Luke I’m leaving for Korea at the end of the season so I can’t be too judgemental and I hope conquering a fresh challenge puts Devere closer to a spot in the national team as well as provide an oppurtunity to young Daniel Bowles. A central defender as composed and threatening with the ball at his feet as Luke is a rare and precious commodity.