Party hopes: Knights eye final glory
IPSWICH Knights footballer Chris Brown celebrated his 31st birthday today watching the Mayweather v McGregor boxing bout with some mates.
However, he hopes to enjoy another party when the Ipswich Knights City 4 team add a grand final title to their premiership success this season.
The premiership-winning Knights advanced directly to the grand final after outlasting second-placed Annerley 3-1 in Friday night's semi-final at Bundamba.
The Knights' latest goal scorers were Ipswich football journeyman Nick Paterson, club sponsor Damien "Dutchie'' Schiks and Brown's brother-in- law Kyle Mair.
"Everyone was keen to play,'' Brown said.
"We had a really good bench and it showed with all three goals from players that come off the bench.
"It's a good side.''
Brown said the team comprising several former Premier League footballers could be playing up a grade this season.
However, the long-time Knights mates have enjoyed a more social approach to their football on their way to finishing top of the table with 13 wins, two draws and one loss.
The Knights' only defeat was 4-3 to Friday night's opponents Annerley.
"Because we don't train and we all get injured, it probably is about where it should be,'' Brown said.
"Next year we'll keep going higher. Other boys will give it away and we'll pick up more boys as we go along.''
The team includes Ipswich footballers the calibre of Trent Griffiths, Nick Parfitt, Andrew Korner, Andrew Drager, Ben Hunt, Phil Brown and Nick Paterson. Goalkeepers Zayne Freiberg and Brayden Hoffman have also played at Premier League level.
"There's a lot of experience,'' Brown said.
"When you've got Trent Griffiths up front for any side, it's just quality.
"When I coached our top team for a little bit there and our Reserve Grade a couple of years, Griffo is the most talented player that I've ever worked with.''
Griffiths has played a leading role setting up goals for Knights top scorers Matthew Savini, Korner and Chris Brown.
Phil Wantenaar has been a player/manager, assisted by Brown in overseeing the team.
The Knights City 4 men will host the grand final when their opponents are decided from this weekend's other semi-final.
The second-placed Knights' City 5 men's side also advanced to the grand final after beating premiers Easts 4-0 at Heath Park on Saturday.
The Knights City 5 side should have a home grand final at Bundamba.
Other Knights teams to have performed well this season include the under 16 Division 1 combination (premiers), under 15 Division 5 side (second), and under 13 Division 4 team (third).
State of play
City 4 Men semi-final: Ipswich Knights 3 (Nick Paterson, Damien Schiks, Kyle Mair) def Annerley 1.
City 5 Men semi-final: Ipswich Knights 4 (Joshua Long 2, Kyle Proctor 2) def Easts 0.