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A home ground advantage did not help the injury-ravaged Magpies last weekend as the Wynnum Seagulls fought to secure their place in the finals.
The season has begun to take its toll on the Queensland Cup team and several players took to the field last weekend at less than full strength and were put to the test by the Seagulls.
The Magpies could only manage three tries (Clive Haynes, Jace Van Dijk and Zeb Kyle) to the Seagull?s eight and the score at the end of the afternoon was a disappointing 48-16.
To add injury to insult, Nick Emmett is expected to be out for six weeks after damaging a medial ligament in his knee, while Daniel Irvine aggravated a foot/ankle problem that could sideline him for up to four matches.
The fitness of other players under an injury cloud will be subject to the results of this week?s physio clinic.
With no opportunity to play finals football this year, the Magpies are concentrating on consolidating the team for the remaining four matches of the season to cultivate a strong starting base for a promising season in 2005.
For some months now the Magpies have been actively recruiting promising new talent to join the club next year and resigning existing players who are all committed to making the Magpies a winning club.
The Magpies will fly to Townsville this weekend to take on the North Queensland Young Guns.
The Mixwell Cup team also suffered at the hands of the Seagulls last weekend, going down 46-11 with tries to Ben Watt and John Peterson.
The A-grade side will clash with the Wests Panthers this Saturday at Purtell Park, with the match starting at 11am.
The news over the weekend was better for the Magpies promising Colts with a raft of tries to five players in their 52-22 demolition of the Seagulls on Saturday.
Darcy Sumner scored an impressive four tries, while Eddie Dodd crossed for two and Tanu Wulf, Aaron Lewis, Mehau Phillip and Dave Gorman each put four points on the board.
The Colts will also travel to Purtell Park this weekend to take on the Wests Panthers.
The Souths Leagues Club at Davies Park will this weekend host the international event Greazefest.
On Friday and Saturday nights, Greazefest will present a line-up of international music acts culminating with a whole day of festivities on Sunday featuring Rockabilly bands, Lowbrow Art Show, Kustom Markets, Hot Rods and more.