Brisbane played fast and well. Gold Coast played like their stars have lost interest in playing.Very doubtful that they will win anything this year. Smeltz needs to climb on a plane to somewhere else. Even Jason Culina doesn't seem that enthused.
Unfortunately, Brisbane were without a centre forward and it looked like it. Eric Paartalu was the best player on the field. Thomas Broich looks very good but had got very tired by 70 minutes - so was and so did Henrique. Massimo came off with a thigh strain early and Mitch came on to play very well. A nice late cameo for Luke Brattan.
Shane Steffenuto was less convincing at left back, but we will see.
The crowd was very disappointing. And showed the wisdom in playing the opener at Suncorp last year. Only 6,000 and most were Brisbane fans. Oh dear. Brisbane needed a win here to ensure a crowd against Sydney in 2 weeks (bye next week). The Sydney game is being billed as an opener. Will be interesting to see if Brisbane has made up ground.
Team of the first round of version 6? North Queensland Fury!