Season Rating- C+
Surfers Paradise- 5th (4-3-2)- 15 points
Surfers Paradise have had a roller coaster first half of the season, with a number of strange results and narrow defeats in the process. Under new head coach Alex Morrison the side has struggled to find the consistency and urgency in front of goal required to win games in the Premier League. Surfers have a clear philosophy they are trying to execute on the field in the way they play but personnel have lacked in executing the vision Morrison has to date.
An opening round defeat to Gold Coast Knights and Burleigh are the two losses to date for Surfers, but draws against Broadbeach and especially the latter, Coomera and Nerang, have been difficult for Apollo to swallow. These crucial games and points they have given up have resulted in the squad being outside the four at the halfway point in the season.
Apollo were tipped at the start of the season to contend for the title in a so called “big 4” but find themselves in a hard spot to push for a title run. Nothing is impossible however, as Morrison’s Knights team last season mounted a late run in the 2017 campaign to take out the title.
Surfers will feel as though they have underachieved so far this season and they will not be pleased with the outcome of a lot of their matches. It will take a change in character and some execution in front of goal consistently for Apollo to turn their misfortunes around, starting with a Round 10 clash against rivals GC Knights.
Key Player to Date- Yuji Kin
New Japanese midfielder Kin has created a significant impact in the centre midfield for Apollo, competing at a consistent level for majority of the 2018 campaign so far. Having not only scored goals for his side but defending at a high level, Apollo will hope that Kin maintains his good form and can bring the side to a fourth place finish and potentially more.
Predicted Finish- 4th
Surfers have to much quality to miss out on the top four and anything other than a finals finish will be a disappointing season for Apollo. They will be able to claim some big scalps along the way and could potentially be the difference for who will win the title in 2018. Could it be they themselves lifting the trophy at the end of August?