NORTHS continued their recent hot form with an entertaining 28-26 win over Burleigh at Pizzey Park in the ABC Television match. The first 15 minutes had a ?semi-final? feel before a break to Devils centre Michael Crockett sent Derek Fletcher on a long dash for a try. Bears halfback Brent McConnell crossed for a good solo try to level the scores 6 all after 25 minutes. A try to second row Aaron Bulow gave Norths a 12-6 advantage but McConnell then grounded his own grubber in-goal for a smart try to again tie the scores. A pass from veteran centre Reggie Cressbrook saw Jeremy Lateo cross in the corner and Burleigh hit the front 16-12 on half-time.
THE garden city of Toowoomba is the centre of attention this weekend with the home side the Clydesdales? season on the line.
WYNNUM has staged a number of ?escape acts? in Queensland Cup matches this season but Easts held on to win 36-32 in an entertaining ABC Television clash at Kougari Oval. An off-load from prop Jason Wrigley led to a try for Ross Sammut and then a strong try to five eight Grant Dutton gave the Tigers an early 10-0 lead. Three quick tries through skipper Scott Thorburn, an intercept to Matt Lockyer and winger Justin Loomans increased Easts lead to 26-0 at the 32 minute mark. A 40/20 kick from Denny Lambert saw Wynnum benefit when winger Herman Lafaele scored and fullback David Seage then crossed for a good team try to narrow the margin to 26-10 at half-time.
THE Queensland Cup?s ?Super Six? have a chance to consolidate their positions on the top half of the premiership ladder when they play bottom ranked sides this weekend.
Competition leaders, Wynnum Seagulls play Easts at Kougari Oval in Saturday?s ABC televised clash with Easts officials admitting they are already looking to next year.
Easts? big loss to Norths last weekend kept them on 14 points, six points behind the sixth placed Tweed Seagulls.
Tweed play bottom side Wests at Piggabeen on Sunday and the boys from south of the border should record a big win.
Burleigh, Toowoomba and Ipswich share second spot on the premiership ladder on 23 points, two behind Wynnum.
Burleigh face a tough task against Central Comets in Rockhampton on Saturday night and Toowoomba will not have things all their own way against Norths Devils at Bishop Park on Sunday.
But Ipswich Jets should record a comfortable win over Souths Logan Magpies at Davies Park on Sunday so the pressure is on Burleigh and Toowoomba.
Toowoomba and Norths are the feeder clubs for NRL outfits Brisbane and Melbourne respectively who play in Melbourne on the same day.
If either club can win both ?grades? it will be great cause for celebration.
Fifth placed Redcliffe (21) will also not have things easy against the North Queensland Young Guns in Townsville on Saturday night in the curtain-raiser to the Cowboys ? St George Illawarra clash.
A loss here by Redcliffe and a win to the Tweed would see the Seagulls leapfrog the Dolphins into fifth spot.
If the ?Super Six? all record wins the gap between the top six and bottom six will grow even wider and we may not be able to talk about sides having a ?mathematical chance? of making the finals. Not while keeping a straight face anyway.
PREMIERS Redcliffe had to overcome a tremendous second half fightback from Tweed Heads to record a 34-28 win in the ABC Television clash at Piggabeen. A smart try to Seagulls halfback David Hicks prompted an immediate response by Redcliffe five eight Shane Perry for a 6 all scoreline after twenty minutes. A try to replacement Daniel Green in the corner and Perry?s second try, following a break by Michael Roberts, saw the Dolphins lead 16-6 at half-time.
AS the business end of the season approaches Queensland Cup ?new boys? Tweed Seagulls are under the most pressure, just one point out of the top five and with a tough run ?home?, starting with Easts at Langlands Park this Saturday. The Tigers are coming off a good win over Wynnum at the daunting Kougari Oval.
THE Queensland Rugby League Southern Division in conjunction with the Gold Coast District Junior Rugby League and the Ipswich Junior Rugby League will host ?Silent Saturday? this Saturday 26th July.
PREMIERS Redcliffe face the very real prospect of dropping four points out of the top five if they lose to Tweed Seagulls at Piggabeen in this weekend?s ABC televised match.
Redcliffe?s loss to Ipswich last weekend in the grand final replay, put the club out of the top five for the first time in a decade with the Dolphins on 17 points, two behind Ipswich and Burleigh.
Ipswich should pick up another two points against Wests at Purtell Park this Saturday afternoon and Burleigh are a good show of beating the North Queensland Young Guns at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday night.
So the pressure is on the Dolphins, particularly as they are travelling to hostile territory in New South Wales.
In the other Saturday match the Central Comets host Easts Tigers at Browne Park with a 7.30pm kick-off.
On Sunday there are two games with plenty of appeal both with 3pm kick-offs.
Competition leaders, Wynnum Seagulls play Norths Devils at Bishop Park with Norths (10 points) looking for a win to keep alive their slim semi-final hopes.
In the other match Souths Logan Magpies play Toowoomba Clydesdales at Davies Park and it is anyone?s guess what sort of side the Clydesdales turn out given the fact some of their players might have been required for duty with the Brisbane Broncos against the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium on the Friday night.
Next weekend the annual City v Country match will be held at Barcaldine in western Queensland with both sides named during the week.
As a result there will be just one Queensland Cup match ? between Norths and Souths Logan at Bishop Park and it will be shown on ABC television.
On the schoolboy front the annual Confraternity Shield for Independent schools will be held on the Gold Coast starting this Sunday and finishing on July 4 while the under-15 national titles will be held in Canberra during the same period.
And in tertiary rugby league the British students open and under-21 sides arrive in Cairns on Monday for the start of their Australian tour, which includes a Test match against Australia at Langlands Park on July 15.
The tour opens with a match in Townsville this week.
In England the annual ?War of the Roses? between Yorkshire and Lancashire ? the British version of State of Origin will be held at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Wednesday night.
IT took a patient display by last year?s grand finalists Ipswich to finally break the ABC Television hoodoo for home teams after 11 rounds of the Queensland Cup, when the Jets posted a 42-26 win over Easts at Bendigo Bank Oval. Tigers fullback Wade Liddell opened the scoring but a dart from dummy half by Ipswich hooker Jamie Tomlinson levelled the scores at 6 all after 15 minutes.
RUGBY League returns to its spiritual home, Lang Park (aka Suncorp Stadium) this weekend and the Queensland Cup will be there with the Toowoomba Clydesdales and Burleigh Bears playing the main curtain-raiser to the Broncos ? Knights NRL clash. There is a lot riding on this clash with Toowoomba in fifth spot ? on percentages from ? you guessed it ? Burleigh.
Burleigh are coming off a good win over Easts in last weekend?s ABC televised clash while Toowoomba hope to rebound after a narrow loss to Tweed Seagulls.
The weekend of Queensland Cup action kicks off with the ABC televised clash between Ipswich and Easts at Bendigo Bank Oval at 2pm on Saturday with Ipswich dropping back to third spot courtesy of their loss to Wynnum last weekend.
Easts are experiencing their worst Queensland Cup on record and they will struggle to win at the home of the Jets, but of course there is the ABC match curse ? no home team has won in front of the television cameras this year.
Wests play Norths at 3pm on Saturday at Purtell Park in a battle of two of the code?s traditional Brisbane clubs with Wests chasing their first win and Norths having lost seven in a row, prompting a call to arms from Norths coach, Gary Grienke ? a former Wests coach ? in the Northside press this week.
North Queensland Young Guns will continue their policy of taking games outside Townsville by playing the Central Comets at Moranbah.
This could be considered a home game by both sides with Moranbah playing in a North Queensland competition (Mackay and District) while the town itself is located in Central Queensland.
Both teams are coming off wins and North Queensland are only three points outside the top five. Both sides are feeder clubs for the Cowboys.
On Sunday there are two matches in opposition to the Suncorp Stadium clash ? Souths-Logan host Tweed Seagulls just across the river at Davies Park and from there the fans will be able to hear the roar from Suncorp Stadium.
Tweed will be looking for a win to maintain a share of the competition lead with Wynnum.
Down at Redcliffe in the battle of the bayside the Dolphins host Wynnum Seagulls with premiers, Redcliffe looking to leapfrog Wynnum on the premiership ladder with a home ground win. Both clubs are also leading contenders for the Spotless Services Club Championship.