Top spot at stake
ACE have growing confidence and belief, says returning Josh Hall
JOSH Hall is expected back in the senior squad on Saturday as ACE look to scale new heights.
Victory or a draw against Capalaba at Wolter Park (kick-off 4.45pm) would take ACE to the top of the Flight Centre Premier League.
As the first match of Round 8, it may only be for a few hours, but that would still be reward for good start and “belief” in the ACE camp. “The squad’s really come together and there’s a belief,” said midfielder Hall, “Pouria is a great motivator and players like Royce (Brownlie) make you believe during games.
“Royce has been there, done it, knows the situations. He makes sure heads don’t drop like against Logan when we conceded two goals in a few minutes.
“He makes you believe, handle the pressure and fight back. He helps players in training and I still can’t believe those two goals he scored from distance!”
Hall played in ACE’s first two games but injured an ankle against Holland Park, after sprinting from his own half to score the opening goal (pictured by Andrew Shaw). Now, after five weeks out, he’s looking to return.
“The ankle’s good, it’s just match fitness. I hope to play as long as I can. May be 75 minutes,” he said.
There will be no complacency in the ACE squad entering Saturday’s clash with Capalaba, currently one off bottom of the ladder.
Bulldogs opened with heavy defeats - 8-0 (Holland Park), 7-0 (Lions) then 1-0 (Easts) and last time out 3-1 (Logan). Sandwiched in between was a 3-2 win over bottom side Grange.
“I think people just remember those first two games,” said Hall, “but regardless of any results this season, this is a match we have to win if we want to stay around the top and Capalaba are a threat.”
ACE Reserves take on their Capalaba counterparts at 2.30pm, before the senior sides, with both teams towards the bottom of the table.
“The ACE Reserves have a lot of new players this season,” said Hall, “and I think they have been unlucky in a number of games, like last week facing a Peninsula Power side loaded with first team players. But I think they are playing well.”
Flight Centre Premier League
Friday: ACE U18 v Capalaba U18 at South Pine Sports Complex, Brendale, 8.30pm
Saturday: ACE Reserves v Capalaba Reserves, Wolter Park, 2.30pm; ACE v Capalaba, Wolter Park, 4.45pm