WOMEN?S STATE OF ORIGIN
Result: Queensland 40 d New South Wales 8.
Standings: Queensland leads two-game series 1-0.
SOUTHERN Division Under 13-14-16's squads to contest State Championships at Gold Coast Stadium Carrara 6-10 July 2004
SATURDAY JULY 3
Wynnum Seagulls v Ipswich Jets, 2.05pm, Kougari Oval
ABC TV live telecast?Victorious as City coach last weekend, Kelly Egan has been given the task of getting his Wynnum side back on track after two straight losses?Egan will attempt to do so minus his best forward and best back ? Grant Wooden and Jim Ahmat ? who are resting for Queensland Residents duty?Presently the Seagulls are in seventh spot, but only three points from first place?Meanwhile, Ipswich has dropped to second-last on the table after three straight losses?When these sides met earlier in the year, Wynnum won 20-12, with Ahmat scoring two individual tries and proving the difference?This week Simon Phillips starts in Ahmat?s place, with teenagers Tom Hewitt and Michael Anschau on the wings?The Jets are without back-rower Kyle Warren (Residents), but otherwise have named one of their strongest line-ups this year.
STATE OF ORIGIN
Result: New South Wales 36 d Queensland 14.
Standings: New South Wales win series 2-1.
Result: City 48 d Country 16.
THE competition lead keeps changing.
Five weeks ago Redcliffe were on top of the Queensland Cup ladder then Toowoomba assumed the lead followed by Burleigh the next week.
The Clydesdales got the lead back the next week but now Norths sit on top on percentages from Easts, Toowoomba and Burleigh.
Trying to tip the eventual premiers is an almost impossible task and this year?s finals series promises to be the best in Queensland Cup history.
Round 14 kicks off this weekend with Easts hosting the Central Comets at Langlands Park in the ABC televised clash.
The game has been robbed of one of its drawcards, former Test star, Darren Smith who has been recruited by the Broncos in a ?loan? deal with the Tigers covering this weekend and the next.
The Comets are on 12 points, five points outside the top five and they still have finals ambitions.
In the other Saturday clash North Queensland Young Guns host the Redcliffe Dolphins in Cairns and a big crowd is anticipated.
On Sunday Norths host Toowoomba at Bishop Park in what shapes as the match of the round.
At Bendigo Bank Oval Ipswich play Burleigh while at the Piggabeen Complex at West Tweed Heads the two Seagulls ? Tweed and Wynnum ? clash.
The other round 14 match is between Souths Logan and Brothers Valleys and it will be played next Saturday, June 26 at Davies Park with the match to be televised live by the ABC.
On the same day City will play Country at Barcaldine.
The Country team will assemble in Rockhampton next Wednesday and travel to Barcaldine the following day.
The City side will travel to Barcaldine next Friday and attend a sportsmen?s dinner there that night.
Also next Saturday the Queensland Rangers team chosen from the Divisional Carnival in Mackay last weekend will play New South Wales Country at Stan Sercombe Oval, Murwillumbah.
Stan Sercombe Oval is named after one of the NSW Country?s best league administrators and the field would be the envy of many clubs in Brisbane with two grandstands on the western side and terrific amenities.
Next Wednesday night an under 15 Schoolboys ?Test? between New South Wales and Queensland will be played at Kougari Oval with two Arrive Alive Cup secondary school matches as curtain raisers.
The under 15 schools national titles will be played in Adelaide from June 27 to July 2.
The annual Confraternity Shield for independent schools will be held in Townsville from June 28 to July 2 with a number of union playing schools entering sides-among them St Patricks, Shorncliffe whose defence coach is former Brothers? centre, Murray Schultz who played in the 1974 Brisbane grand final.
STATE OF ORIGIN
Result: Queensland 22 d New South Wales 18.
Standings: Series tied at 1-all. Decider to be played in Sydney on July 7.
Results: Easts 30 d Toowoomba 22, Norths 66 d Brothers Valleys 12, Redcliffe 52 d Souths Logan 16, Tweed Heads 28 d Burleigh 26, North Queensland 31 d Wynnum 24, Central 34 d Ipswich 20.
Standings: Norths 18, Easts 18, Toowoomba 18, Burleigh 18, North Queensland 17, Wynnum 17, Redcliffe 16, Tweed Heads 12, Central 12, Ipswich 5, Souths Logan 4, Brothers Valleys 1.
THE Southern Division team to contest the Division Carnival in Mackay over the weekend of the 12th /13th June 2004 has been named.
WITHOUT doubt this is the most attractive round of Queensland Cup football this year.
It all begins on Saturday afternoon with the ABC Televised clash between competition leaders Toowoomba and sixth placed North Queensland at Clive Berghofer Stadium in Toowoomba.
These two clubs are the feeder teams for NRL sides Brisbane and North Queensland Cowboys and the quality of player on show should ensure a good crowd and a fine spectacle.
Toowoomba grabbed first place on the ladder (on 16 points) with a 36-24 defeat of Wynnum at Kougari Oval last Sunday with Redcliffe dropping to third place on percentages from Easts after a surprise loss to the Tigers at Dolphin Oval.
Easts play Norths at Bishop Park in the other Saturday afternoon clash this weekend with Norths on 12 points, the same as North Queensland.
On Saturday night at Browne Park, Rockhampton the Central Comets (10 points) have a crucial match against Wynnum (13) with a loss possibly putting the Comets five points adrift of the top five at the halfway mark of the competition.
There are three matches on Sunday, all at 3.00pm and all shape as even affairs.
The highlight is the Burleigh v Redcliffe clash at Pizzey Park, Miami with Burleigh arguably the competition?s form side while premiers Redcliffe are in a mini form slump. The Dolphins have now suffered three losses in the last 4 weeks to teams in finals contention with two of these defeats inflicted at home.
The Bears after their much publicised slow start to the season are in clear second spot on 15 points with Redcliffe one point behind and equal with Easts.
Last placed Brothers Valleys give themselves a good chance of beating Tweed Heads Seagulls at O?Callaghan Park on Sunday with Tweed not having won since round three.
In the other match Souths Logan Magpies (4) and Ipswich Jets (3) clash at Davies Park with the result too tough to call. After the Jets featured in the previous two finals series, losing the 2002 decider to the Dolphins, they will be keen for a win to spark a more satisfactory finish to this season.