ACE Reserves are in the spotlight tomorrow as they bid for the second half of a Brisbane Premier League (BPL) double.
The unbeaten ACE Seniors (18 games, 15 wins 3 draws, 48 points) secured their Premiership last weekend.
Remarkably, our Reserves (18 games, 16 wins, 2 draws, 50 points) have a better record, but Toowong are close behind
ACE hosts The Gap tomorrow (Reserves 4pm, Seniors 6pm) at Wolter Park, with the Ressies five points clear of Toowong Reserves, who are at fourth-placed St George Willawong (3pm).
Entering those games ACE Reserves, with 10 successive wins behind them, need a maximum eight points for their Premiership.
“I don’t find it too nerve-wracking because we have a good team,” striker Ryan Thomas said, “if we keep doing what we’ve been doing all season we shouldn’t have any issues.
“Just keep turning up for training, keep working hard, fighting to the end and always being there for each other.
“Confidence is building every week after wins, but you have to stay humble and keep thinking about what you have to do.
“You do think about where we’re going to finish, the premiership, the finals … but we really just have to focus on the next game.”
The Gap Reserves are one of only two teams to take points off ACE Reserves this season, drawing 2-2 a month after Toowong did the same.
“The Gap are down the lower end of table, but we know that doesn’t mean a lot,” said Ryan, the Premier Reserves’ second top scorer with 15 goals, one behind Toowong’s Hugh Ciereszko on 16.
“The last time we played them we didn’t get the result we wanted. Now we know what we have to do, we just have to take it onto the pitch on Sunday.
“Do our best and we should come away with a good result.”
After this weekend, ACE Reserves go to Centenary Stormers (September 19), before hosting St George Willawong (September 21) and then Mt Gravatt (September 26).
ACE Seniors were crowned 2021 Premiers (their third in four years) last Sunday following Bayside’s second successive defeat
On Wednesday they reached the club’s first Canale Cup final and are now also preparing for the Brisbane Premier League finals which start next month.