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The competition lead keeps changing. Five weeks ago Redcliffe were on top of the Queensland Cup ladder then Toowoomba assumed the lead followed by Burleigh the next week. The Clydesdales got the lead back the next week but now Norths sit on top on percentages from Easts, Toowoomba and Burleigh. Trying to tip the eventual premiers is an almost impossible task and this year?s finals series promises to be the best in Queensland Cup history. Round 14 kicks off this weekend with Easts hosting the Central Comets at Langlands Park in the ABC televised clash. The game has been robbed of one of its drawcards, former Test star, Darren Smith who has been recruited by the Broncos in a ?loan? deal with the Tigers covering this weekend and the next. The Comets are on 12 points, five points outside the top five and they still have finals ambitions. In the other Saturday clash North Queensland Young Guns host the Redcliffe Dolphins in Cairns and a big crowd is anticipated. On Sunday Norths host Toowoomba at Bishop Park in what shapes as the match of the round. At Bendigo Bank Oval Ipswich play Burleigh while at the Piggabeen Complex at West Tweed Heads the two Seagulls ? Tweed and Wynnum ? clash. The other round 14 match is between Souths Logan and Brothers Valleys and it will be played next Saturday, June 26 at Davies Park with the match to be televised live by the ABC. On the same day City will play Country at Barcaldine. The Country team will assemble in Rockhampton next Wednesday and travel to Barcaldine the following day. The City side will travel to Barcaldine next Friday and attend a sportsmen?s dinner there that night. Also next Saturday the Queensland Rangers team chosen from the Divisional Carnival in Mackay last weekend will play New South Wales Country at Stan Sercombe Oval, Murwillumbah. Stan Sercombe Oval is named after one of the NSW Country?s best league administrators and the field would be the envy of many clubs in Brisbane with two grandstands on the western side and terrific amenities. Next Wednesday night an under 15 Schoolboys ?Test? between New South Wales and Queensland will be played at Kougari Oval with two Arrive Alive Cup secondary school matches as curtain raisers. The under 15 schools national titles will be played in Adelaide from June 27 to July 2. The annual Confraternity Shield for independent schools will be held in Townsville from June 28 to July 2 with a number of union playing schools entering sides-among them St Patricks, Shorncliffe whose defence coach is former Brothers? centre, Murray Schultz who played in the 1974 Brisbane grand final.
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