PANTHER PRIDE | A big win for the mountain men tonight has them firmly entrenched in the top eight, ...
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There are 6 clubs still vying for a top four finish in the 2003 Mixwell Cup Competition with only one round remaining.
Current leaders Wynnum should have no trouble wrapping up the minor premiership when they take on Wooden Spooners Wests at Purtell Park at Saturday. Second placed Redcliffe face a much tougher task when they host 4th placed Easts Tigers. The out of sorts Redcliffe cannot miss the top four but may finish as low as 4th should they lose to Easts. Easts on the other hand must win to ensure they make the finals race. The Tigers are defending their 3rd title in a row and the finals would seem strange without them.
In what promises to be the match of the season to date Brothers-Valleys (5th) host Burleigh (3rd) at Perry Park on Saturday night. Burleigh have had the shakes of late and Brothers-Valleys have won 5 on the trot to threaten for a historic finals berth for the two year old club. Should Redcliffe defeat Easts, Brothers-Valleys need only win the game to progress to 4th place. If not they would need to defeat the Bears by 35 points to edge them out on for-and-against.
If that seems tough spare a thought for Norths who need Reddcliffe to defeat Easts, and Burleigh to defeat Brothers-Valleys to have a chance of making the four. Should this occur they are expected to defeat Runaway Bay and edge out Easts on for-and-against.
The only game with no bearing on the finals is between Ipswich and Souths-Logan.
All in all a thrilling finish to one of the most hotly contested regular seasons in the BRL A Grade since the inception of the Queensland Cup.
Current Points table (club, pts, aggregate) Wynnum 27 (+290), Redcliffe 27 (+122), Burleigh 26 (+205), Easts 25 (+114), Brothers-Valleys 24 (+171), Norths 23 (+190), Souths-Logan 14 (-153), Ipswich 11 (-227), Runaway Bay 8 (-288), Wests 5 (-430) Wynnum