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HEAD Coach Anthony Griffin has retained full back Alwyn Simpson in the Queensland Cup team after his strong performance in last weekend's fixture. Simpson, a dual registered player with the Canberra Raiders, has been a player to watch over the last few matches and his form has not gone unnoticed by the Raiders who will continue to monitor him closely. Rookie Eddie Dodd, who proved his worth last week, has also secured his position at wing three-quarter after scoring a noteworthy try in his debut Queensland Cup game. Rick Dodd has also been called up for this weekend's match and has earned a spot on the wing. The injury to centre Grant Lewis has opened the door for Paul Peterson to step up and fill the void after he recorded a solid performance in last week's Mixwell Cup A-grade game. Forward Eddie Burton has also been selected to step up to the Queensland Cup team this week after demonstrating the benefits of his intense off season training over the last few weeks.
2004 signing Bob Blair will make his debut in the Queensland Cup team against Brothers this weekend wearing number 13 at lock forward. Blair's noteworthy performance in previous weeks has secured him the spot, displacing Aaron Lewis, who moves to the bench.
The Queensland Cup competition this year is shaping up to be one of the most competitive, with Souths' selections this week demonstrating the Club's strong off season recruitment drive.
The Canberra Raiders' development and recruitment manager, Dave Hamilton and development officer Matt Ford made the trip north to Brisbane this week to work exclusively with the Souths Logan Magpies development manager Jace Van Dijk. The group spent two days running intense clinics in the Souths Logan Magpies schools networks. Their visit and the clinics were part of the ongoing development program which included junior coaches? clinics at the Souths Juniors home ground in Acacia Ridge.
The productive exercise will benefit the junior squads at Logan Brothers and Souths' Juniors at Acacia Ridge and is another benefit of the strong relationship enjoyed between the Canberra Raiders and the Magpies.
The Souths Leagues Club is enjoying ongoing growth after the football club took over the operations from the previous tenants at the beginning of the year.
The club management will soon begin the refurbishment of the Club's kitchens to cater for lunchtime trade from local businesses and corporate and private functions.
The new fit out will also help the Club bolster its membership base and bring existing members back into the fold.
For function or event bookings and queries contact the Club on 07 3844 7344.