This Saturday sees the return of league football in 2023 as Brisbane City travel to AJ Kelly Park to take on Brisbane Roar in Round One of the National Premier Leagues Queensland for 2023.

It will be a much changed City outfit from the one that took to the field in their last league outing at Cornubia Park on August 27 last year in a 4-1 victory over Logan Lightning. Jace Hudson, Jordan Meacock, Abrahim Yango, Oliver Plusnin, Matt Thurtell, Jheison Macuace, Braydon Doolan, Ginjiro Chiba, Luka Pullen & Noah Maieroni are all in line to make their senior league debuts for the club with Rhys Gray also in line to feature after returning from a two year stint with Sunday’s opponents. New Senior Head Coach Karl Dodd will also be marking his first league game in charge of City.

These two teams have already met once in 2023 in Round One of the newly formed Kappa Pro Series two weeks ago. Brisbane City edged that fixture 1-0 courtesy of a composed second half finish from Jheison Macuace. Last weekend the Roar registered their first win of 2023 in a convincing 4-0 victory over FQPL1 side Albany Creek in the Pro Series, whilst City fell 1-0 to 2022 NPL Grand Final winners Gold Coast Knights in a tight content decided only by a 70th minute header from Knights Captain Austin Ludwik.

It was the Azzurri who had the edge over Young Roar in their two league meetings in 2022, prevailing 5-0 at Underwood Park in July before registering a 4-0 win at the now named Imperial Corp Stadium in the return fixture in August. This is the second of three trips that City will make to AJ Kelly Park in the first four weeks of the season, again making the trip over the Houghton Highway Bridge next weekend to face Peninsula Power in Round 2.

We look forward to seeing all City fans up at Redcliffe to cheer the boys on as they look to make a winning league start to 2023.