EVERYONE should be hungry for football after the Easter break and the line-up of matches in round six is one of the best of the Queensland Cup season to date.
The weekend kicks off with the Norths Devils ? Easts Tigers ABC Televised clash at Bishop Park with Easts sitting just outside the top five and Norths struggling after just two wins from five starts.
Easts had a big win over Central Comets last start and they will be full of confidence while Norths were thrashed 48-16 by competition leaders, Wynnum Seagulls.
But Norths have been hit hard by player commitments to NRL parent club, Melbourne Storm and coach, Gary Greinke hopes to have more experienced players available as the season rolls on.
Wests Panthers are at the bottom of the Queensland Cup ladder with Souths Logan Magpies, both clubs still searching for their first win.
Wests host premiers, Redcliffe Dolphins at Purtell Park on Saturday afternoon so it is hard to imagine the Panthers will climb out of the cellar particularly as the Dolphins will be hungry for a big win after they were beaten at home last start by newcomers Tweed Heads, on ABC Television to boot.
North Queensland Young Guns also were beaten last start 12-10 by Burleigh Bears at Miami ? and they are looking for a change of luck after three narrow losses this year.
The Young Guns are down with Norths on four points and they desperately need to beat the Ipswich Jets this Saturday night in the curtain-raiser to the NRL clash between North Queensland and Melbourne at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
In the other Saturday night clash Central host Broncos feeder club, Toowoomba Clydesdales at Browne Park, Rockhampton.
On Sunday Tweed play Wynnum at Piggabeen in the battle of the Seagulls.
This promises to be the match of the round with Wynnum the only undefeated side and Tweed holding second spot after just one loss.
Wynnum have fanatical ground support with their renowned ?chook pen? the most feared, or is that revered, licensed area in the game.
Tweed also have great support and Wynnum will be hoping some of their fans make the trip south of the border.
In the other Sunday match Souths Logan play Burleigh at Davies Park with sixth placed Burleigh looking for a win to possibly elevate them into the top five.
The Magpies will play all their home matches this year at Davies Park after negotiations to secure Meakin Park stalled.
GOOD Friday's sensational win over St.Helens in the Tetley's Super League has come at a cost, with the news that young forward Ricky Bibey is set be sidelined for up to 12 weeks.
STEVE Price has successfully had his grade three careless high tackle charge downgraded but will still miss this weekend's match against the unbeaten Canberra Raiders at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night. Price will serve a one-match ban for a careless high tackle in last weeks loss to the St George Illawarra Dragons
CRONULLA general manager Steve Rogers has admitted using an unregistered player last weekend but says the National Rugby League club will contest the severity of a $10,000 fine.
MELBOURNE Storm centre AARON MOULE has retired from rugby league.
LANCE Hohaia is recovering from a groin strain and will not be used if he has not recovered sufficiently by the weekend to ensure he can also back up against the Canterbury Bulldogs in Wellington on Friday, May 2.
BULLDOGS halfback Brent Sherwin is at long odds to play in Saturday's National Rugby League game against the league-leading Canberra Raiders at Canberra Stadium.
CRONULLA face a $10,000 fine after being issued with a breach notice for using an unregistered player, Laloa Milford, during last Sunday's National Rugby League clash with Newcastle.
THE Sydney Roosters have re-signed premiership winning coach Ricky Stuart for a further two National Rugby League seasons. The Roosters have announced they've secured the services of the game's hottest coaching property after months of speculation over his future.
DRAGONS international Shaun Timmins has been ruled out of the Anzac Day clash with the Roosters tomorrow while Mark Gasnier will undergo a fitness test five hours before kick-off.
MANLY Sea Eagles coach Peter Sharp is sweating it out on the fitness of four key players before Sunday's National Rugby League clash with South Sydney.
MELBOURNE Storm centre Aaron Moule has today announced his retirement from rugby league.
BRISBANE Broncos reserve forward Darren Mapp has injured his hamstring at training today, giving heavyweight winger Scott Minto another opportunity to play in the National Rugby League.
BULLDOGS playmaker Braith Anasta is confident of passing a fitness test today and making a triumphant National Rugby League return at Canberra on Saturday night.
NATHAN 'Tingha' Blacklock is set to return to St George as early as next week following further indications that the NSWRU are ready to grant a release.