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The garden city of Toowoomba is the centre of attention this weekend with the home side the Clydesdales? season on the line.
If Tweed win they will go three points clear of Toowoomba on the premiership ladder with just four points left to claim in the last two rounds before the finals.
Tweed (24) have had 12 wins and seven losses in their inaugural season while Toowoomba (23) have had 11 wins, a draw and seven losses but the Clydesdales enjoy a superior for and against record.
The Clydesdales have not had great support at the gate this year but this match ? with a 4.30pm kick-off ? surely will bring a few people out of the ?woodwork?.
The Ipswich Jets are in the box seat to be minor premiers with their 44-12 thrashing of Norths last weekend taking them to 29 points, two clear of Redcliffe, Burleigh and Wynnum. Burleigh beat Wynnum last week to topple the Seagulls from equal first spot.
Ipswich and Wynnum Seagulls kick off this round with the ABC Television match at 2.10pm at Bendigo Bank Oval.
If Wynnum get up they still could finish minor premiers because they have a slightly easier run home with matches against Redcliffe (at home) and Wests away.
Ipswich must play Easts away and then Toowoomba at home. We did say slightly easier. Burleigh play Easts at Pizzey Park, Miami this Sunday and they finish the season with matches against Toowoomba (home) and Tweed (away) ? nice and tough that sequence of games.
Redcliffe possibly present the biggest danger to the Jets? minor premiership claims. The Dolphins play Norths at Dolphin Oval on Sunday and should get the money.
Then Redcliffe play Wynnum at Kougari before finishing with Easts at Dolphin.
Redcliffe have the best attacking record, but Ipswich remain the bench-mark in defence which is no surprise when you consider Trevor ?the axe? Gillmeister is coach.
There are two matches this weekend with no bearing on the final five.
At Purtell Park at 3 pm on Saturday Wests Panthers host the Central Comets and Wests believe they can score their first win of the season.
The Comets meanwhile are keen to win at least two of their remaining three matches to achieve their goal of eight wins for 2003.
In Townsville the North Queensland Young Guns will play in front of a big crowd, simply because they and Souths Logan Magpies provide the curtain- raiser for the NRL clash between the Cowboys and Newcastle at Dairy Farmers Stadium. The Young Guns are five points outside the top five and they look back on a season packed with close losses. Last Sunday at the Tweed they showed their class with a 42-22 thrashing of the Seagulls. This could be a tough night at the office for the Magpies.