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globalrugbyleague - Fri, 27 Apr 2007 10:49:00 GMT
Round 7 Teams:

Venue: Bishop Park
Date: Saturday April 28th KO 2:00pm
Referee: Justin Davis
GRL Tip: Aspley by 4

The ultimate turf war, with Aspley also currently utilising Norths’ traditional base of Bishop Park as its home ground.

Although Aspley is known as the Broncos in Wizard Cup due to its NRL affiliation with Brisbane the club was for a long time called Norths Aspley and retains the Devils mascot in lower grades.

Aspley’s training ground Kirby Park is in fact named after a former Norths figurehead.

Norths are currently in sixth spot while Aspley sit in seventh. Due to their direct NRL links neither side would be happy to list outside the top five.

Norths last week conceded 34 points in the first half against Redcliffe, but came back to win the second half 22-4

Turning 19 next month, Norths centre Will Chambers looks headed for a big future and is unafraid to back himself against quality opposition, something he showed matching up on Rod Jensen recently.

Rival centre Jamie Simpson has also stepped up in recent weeks and was one of the Broncos’ most dangerous in a 22-16 loss to Easts last week

Norths: 1.Kieran Turner, 2.George Kepa, 3.Joel Thompson, 4.Will Chambers, 5.Ryan Shortland, 6.Liam Foran, 7.JP Cheery, 8.Brendan Afitu, 9.Jay Aston, 10.Scott Anderson, 11.Matt Rua, 12.Mathew Bartlett, 13.Sika Manu. Interchange: 14.Jason Poppi, 15.Troy O’Shea, 16.Pale Ale, 17.Aiden Tolman. Coach: Kevin Carmichael

Aspley: 1.Denan Kemp, 2.Rodney Davies, 3.Jason Moon, 4.Jamie Simpson, 5.Tame Tupou, 6.Joel Moon, 7.Brent McConnell, 8.Clifford Manua, 9.John Te Reo, 10.David Taylor, 11.Lachlan Morgan, 12.Andrew Lomu, 13.Derricke Watkins. Interchange: 14.Troydon Ewards, 15.Brynjar Ragnarsson, 16. Luke Brosnan, 17.Nathan Strudwick Coach: Mark Gee.

Venue: Langlands Park
Date: Saturday April 28th KO 3:00pm
Referee: Nick Kalpakidis
GRL Tip: Easts Tigers by 16

Easts are sitting pretty in second and have recorded wins in succession against big guns Redcliffe and Aspley.

Without getting a win Souths Logan have shown promise in their last two matches against Aspley and Burleigh. Easts spearheads Matt Lockyer and Trent Young are both former Souths Logan players.

Kieran Whalley escaped by the skin of his teeth to take his place in this match.

The in-form Magpies prop accrued 93 points from a contrary conduct charge and will be left teetering for the remainder of the season. Signed from the Canberra Raiders he lists his profession as zookeeper.

He’s not often listed in the flashy category and after a run of injuries has found it hard to find his groove for regular periods.

However Easts backrower Marcus Jensen looks to be really hitting his straps with a strong all-round game.

He scored a vital try in the win against Aspley, skipping out of dummy-half and beating several defenders on his way to the line.

Easts Tigers: 1.Matt Lockyer ©, 2.John Tamanika, 3.David Tyrrell, 4.Wade Liddell, 5.Steve Beattie, 6.Isaac Kaufmann, 7.Dane Campbell, 8.Cameron Durnford, 9.Trent Young, 10.Damian Durnford, 11.Mark Cantoni, 12.Marcus Jensen, 13.Anthony Boyd. Interchange: 14.Ben Laity, 15.Sinave Faitala, 16.Scott Sipple, 17.Justin McKay. Coach: Michael Booth.

Souths Logan: 1.Quentin Laulu-Togagae, 2.Daniel Sorbello, 3.Mick Anschau, 4.Kyle Lodge, 5.Tyrone Coppedge, 6.Phil Dennis, 7.Paul Rolls, 8.Dennis Conlon, 9.Cameron Joyce, 10.Kieran Whalley, 11.Tim Cannard, 12.Brandan Costin, 13.Scott Marks. Interchange: 14.Dinny Kyle, 15.Chris McGuirk, 16.Paul Stanley, 17.Darren Glase. Coach: Jason Burnham/Brandon Costin.

Venue: Dairy Farmers Stadium
Date: Saturday April 28th KO 5:30pm
Referee: Gavin Morris
GRL Tip: NQLD by 12

North Queensland may be the league leader, yet it has more personnel changes this week than any other side, such is the nature of being an NRL feeder team.

Ben Farrar, Scott Minto and Rod Jensen have all been called up for NRL duty mainly due to injuries in the top grade.

Standout 17-year-old playmaker Ray Thompson has been named on the bench.

Wynnum Manly has the worst attacking record in the league at present.

Much will come down to strike weapons Jim Ahmat and Simon Phillips who continue to wage their own personal battle. Ahmat has 51 tries for Wynnum compared to Phillips' 50.

The return of no-nonsense John Bruce is a welcome remedy for the Seagulls forwards. A former North Queenslander with undoubted toughness.

NQLD: 1.Mark Henry, 2.Neil Sweeney, 3.Brett Anderson, 4.Jamie Frizzo, 5.Ty Williams, 6.Jackson Nicolau, 7.Shane Muspratt ©, 8.Sam Faust, 9.Scott Smith, 10.John Frith, 11.Jimmy Anderson, 12.Ben Lowe, 13.Scott Bolton Interchange: 14.Roy Thompson, 15.Joe Clarke, 16.Ryan Bartlett, 17.Greg Byrnes. Coach: Matt Parish.

Wynnum: 1.Jim Ahmat, 2. Tangi Ropati, 3.Bill Wyatt, 4.Paoa Faamita, 5.Simon Phillips, 6.Luke Dalziel Don, 7.Denny Lambert, 8.Angus Martin, 9.Albert Talipeau, 10.Ben Czislowski, 11.John Bruce, 12.Darren Bain, 13.Herewini Rangi. Interchange: 14.Fili Sofa, 15.Gary Winter, 16.Kerry Smith, 17.Wade Bachmann Coach: Shane McNally.

Venue: Browne Park
Date: Saturday April 28th KO 7:30pm
Referee: Shane Spicer
GRL Tip: Ipswich

While the remainder of the Wizard Cup ladder is congested and uncertain, Central sits alone in last spot after six straight losses.
It’s much to the chagrin of the Comets fans, who give some of the best support in the State.

They’ll be looking at this game for their first points against an Ipswich team coming off the bye.

Former lifesaver Aaron Sweeney played 19 games for Central in 2006 and returns to Browne Park for the first time.

Known as a firebrand, he will be looking to inflict the Comets’ 150th State League defeat.

With key man Smith Samau out with a torn hamstring, Penrith product Ben McFadgean comes into fullback for Ipswich.

Gifted, yet sometimes wayward, McFadgean lays claim to being the fastest player on the Ipswich roster.

However if anything he would only be a nose in front of clubmates Luke Walker and Gordon Rattler.

Comets: 1.Junior Auru, 2.Ben Farrell, 3.Nat Bowman, 4.James Munns, 5.Shannon Stitt, 6.Steve Farrelly, 7.Pat Dall, 8.Wayne Barnett ©, 9. Mick Esdale, 10. Mark Siniula, 11.Guy Williams, 12.Todd Titmus, 13.Tyron Haynes Interchange: 14.Yoren Major, 15.Pete Penania, 16.Brent Williams, 17.Kristian Mene. Coach: Steve Anderson

Ipswich: 1. Ben McFadgean, 2. Luke Walker, 3.Ricky Dodd, 4.Jason Bulgarelli, 5.Tyson Lofipo, 6.Todd Riggs, 7.Ricky Bird, 8.Mathew McPhee, 9.Michael Ryan, 10.Scott Alo, 11.Geoff Chalk, 12.Trevor Exton, 13.Dave Coburn. Interchange: 14.Isaak Ah Mau, 15.Brook Alofipo, 16.Aaron Sweeney, 17.Steven West. Coach: Kevin Walters.

Venue: Piggabeen Complex
Date: Sunday April 29th KO: 3:00pm
Referee: Michael Wise
GRL Tip: Redcliffe by 8

The game that could have a real impact on the make-up of the ladder. Both teams still have plenty to prove, despite encouraging form and mostly good results.

Reigning premier Redcliffe have not put together a full 80 minutes at its best yet, while Tweed must show it can stick with the heavyweights of the competition.

Nathanael Barnes and Brad Davis have an interesting duel going for the leading all-time points-scorer mantle at Tweed Heads.

Relying mostly on tries, the prolific Barnes currently has the edge on 308 points, while goal-kicker Davis is nestled precariously on 299 points.

Not long ago finding himself on the bench in reserve grade, big hitter Daniel Green has been named for his return to the Dolphins top squad.

Now in his fifth season on the peninsula, Green is known as a laidback character off the field, but supremely intense in the centre of the ruck.

Tweed Heads: 1.David Myles, 2.Shannon Walker, 3.Josh Vaughan, 4.James Wood, 5.Nathanael Barnes, 6.Brad Davis, 7.Tim Maccan, 8.Roy Friend, 9.Mathew King, 10.Chris Enaharo, 11.Andrew Moroney ©, 12.Selasi Berdie, 13.Mathew Pow. Interchange: 14.Mathew Austin, 15.Chris Farrell, 16.Will Mathews, 17.Chris Sandow Coach: Troy McCarthy

Redcliffe: 1.Ryan Cullen, 2.Trent Leis, 3.Matt Harris, 4.Alwyn Simpson, 5.Rory Bromley, 6.Chris Fox, 7.Marty Turner, 8.Troy Lindsay ©, 9.Mick Roberts, 10.Nick Walker, 11.Grant Flugge, 12.Danny Burke, 13. Nathan Tutt Interchange: 14.Adam Starr, 15.Pat Gardner, 16. Danield Green, 17.Shannon Fish Coach: Anthony Griffin - Read More, Here