Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Baptism of Fire in Opener; Magpies Crusaders to Host Olympic FC

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Baptism of Fire in Opener; Magpies Crusaders to Host Olympic FC

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Byline: Daniel McKenzie daniel.mckenzie@dailymercury.com.au

Football: Magpies Crusaders will face a baptism of fire when they host Brisbane club Olympic FC in their National Premier League Queensland (NPL) opener next month.

The NPL draw, which was released last night, sees the Magpies Crusaders host power club Olympic at Sologinkin Oval on Saturday, February 3, at 7pm to kick-off their inaugural NPL campaign..

In the opening month, the Magpies Crusaders will look to capitalise on home games against 2017 cellar-dwellers the Sunshine Coast in round three after travelling to face North Qld United FC in Townsville in round two, before hosting last year's grand final champions, Western Pride FC in round four.

The draw, which was released after extensive consultation with clubs and stakeholders, provides a cracking opening weekend in the NPL, with 2017 premiers Brisbane Strikers FC facing Western Pride FC to open the 2018 season.

Two former National Soccer League clubs will face off, in Brisbane City FC and Lions FC at Corporate Travel Management Stadium, Saturday February 3 at 6. …

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