Will the Comets have what it takes to stop the recording-breaking Tweed Heads outfit this weekend? The Seagulls were held to a 10-10 draw by the Mackay Cutters
in round 14 and given the fact a number of their key players were involved in Wednesday night's physical Residents encounter, this could be the time.
However, the Comets will have to tighten up their defence if they are to record the desired result. While they scored a morale-boosting win over Norths in their last game, they also let in 34 points. Tweed have the best defensive record in the competition, having only let in 192 points. Their nearest rivals, Northern Pride
, have conceded 236 points.
The Seagulls will be without the injured Brock Hunter, with Josh Starling
called into the starting side and Blake Leary
added to the bench. For the Comets, they will be without Mat Templeman and Broncos import Ben Hunt
, with Jonathon Tavinor and Chris Beasley joining the team.
In milestone news, Central Comet Neale Wyatt will play his 100th Queensland Cup
game, having previously played the bulk of his games for Toowoomba (96) and big Tweed forward Rod Griffin
will run out for his 50th overall, with previous stints with Wynnum and Northern Pride
MACKAY CUTTERS v IPSWICH JETS
Sunday, July 10 - 2pm
In an interesting match-up at Shark Park, the Mackay Cutters
will host the Ipswich Jets
in what is a vital game in regards to the Intrust Super Cup top six. The Jets are currently in fourth place, but could lose their prominent position with another loss here.
The first team to lose to the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles, the Jets would have spent the week regrouping. If they are to win here, they will have to do it without star centre Donald Malone
and utility Sam Martin
, who are both serving suspensions. Mackay utility Tyson Martin
is also serving a one-match suspension and will not play, but the Cutters will see the return of big guns Ben Jones
and Dane Hogan
The Jets will welcome back a swag of key players, with Brendon Marshall, Trevor Exton, Keiron Lander
and Nathaniel Neale
all named to take to the field. Smith Samau
has also been named and will play his 50th Queensland Cup
game for the Jets and his 71st overall having also played for Norths. Jacob Ling
will also play a milestone game, pulling on the boots for his 50th Queensland Cup
game, all of which will be for the Jets.
WYNNUM MANLY v NORTHS DEVILS
BMD Kougari Oval
Sunday, July 10 - 3pm
will be hoping their recent performances against Wynnum Manly will continue with the Nundah-based side having won the past three games between these two teams. They also have the better of the head-to-head overall, with 17 wins to 11 over the Seagulls.
The Devils let a promising lead in their game against the Comets go to waste and were run down in the second half in the heartbreaking 40-34 loss. Devils coach Trevor Bailey has been forced to make a few changes to his team, with Natthan Cleaver out with a broken wrist and Troyden Watene
also out of the line-up. Forward Simona Vavega moves into the starting side, as does Luke Samoa
in the centres.
Wynnum came close to getting a win in their last game against Souths Logan, but some desperate defence from the Magpies in their last play denied them their desired result. Wynnum were also dealt a heavy blow with a shoulder injury striking down Shea Moylan.
This game will also see Norths halfback Shane Perry reach yet another milestone, with the veteran set to play in his 211th game, moving him into fifth place for the number of all time games played.