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globalrugbyleague - Sat, 21 Jun 2008 10:30:00 GMT
Northern Pride will be looking to bring back the pride into their camp after being held scoreless for the first time this season last weekend.

The competition rookies fell asleep at the football wheel and slumped to a 26-0 loss at the hands of Redcliffe at Barlow Park, securing their worst loss of the season to date.

Chris Sheppard’s promotion to the cowboys it seems is taking it’s toll, leaving the Pride looking what one media outlet described as “rudderless” at stages of the game.

"To get nil at home, you’ve got to play poorly and we definitely did that and it’s just frustrating because we play our best footy away from home," coach Andrew Dunemann said.
"Redcliffe turned up tonight and you have to take your hat off to them. They were tough, they were strong in the middle, they dominated us.
"We had no answers for them.
It wasn’t all bad news for the Pride despite the loss with forward Greg Byrnes being called up to the NRL Cowboys squad for Saturday night’s clash against the Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park.
Tweed Heads remains stuck in 11th spot on the ladder despite scoring an impressive 30-18 win over Norths Devils last weekend.
The reigning premiers have found a cure for their schizophrenic start to the season but they’ll need to be consistent over the next few weeks and hope some results go their way amongst teams currently in the top six.
It’s going to be a football frenzy for sixth spot this season with Burleigh and Wynnum sitting on equal competition points while the Easts Tigers, Central Comets and Tweed Heads look desperately to make some in-roads.
The next few weeks will be make or break football for some of these teams who still hold aspirations for finals football in 2008.
Preview - Round 14 of the Queensland Wizard Cup

IPSWICH v MACKAY *Live on ABC TV
Briggs Road Complex, Saturday June 21 – 2pm
Referee: Justin Davis
GRL Tip: Ipswich

MACKAY welcomes key forward Daniel Abraham back to the fold after a six-week stint with the cowboys. Abraham’s return is a massive boost for the Cutters, who need to beat Ipswich to be any chance of playing finals footy. Although the Cutters are languishing in 10th place, they have been extremely competitive. Last week, they pushed Wynnum Manly all the way before succumbing to a 36-30 loss in Mackay. The Cutters head to Ipswich without injured utility Royston Lightning and Sam Faust (Cowboys). Brendan Crouch comes into the side on the bench, while young back Scott Leigh has been named to make his second appearance. Ipswich enters the match without a number of injured regulars but will still field a formidable side.

SOUTHS LOGAN v CENTRAL
Meakin Park, Saturday June 21 - 2.30pm
Referee: Nick Kalpakidis
GRL Tip: Souths Logan

SOUTHS Logan enters the Meakin Park clash on the back of a hot winning streak. Their fourth win in succession last week equalled their best ever run in the Queensland Cup. The Magpies have won four successive matches on three previous occasions (twice in 1996 and once in 2006). Last week’s 34-14 victory over the Tigers also equalled their highest score against Easts. Although the Magpies are strongly favoured to extend their winning tally on Saturday, Paul Bramley’s side won’t get it all their own way against Central. The Comets have been one of the most improved teams this year. The Rockhampton club will tonight find out whether player/coach Wayne Barnett is available for the round 14 match. Barnett is facing a contrary conduct charge at the judiciary. Young centre Mitchell Zornig is free to play after accepting an early guilty plea for a dangerous throw.

NORTHS v NORTHERN PRIDE
Bishop Park, Sunday June 22 - 2pm
Referee: Clayton Sharpe
GRL Tip: Northern Pride

NORTHERN Pride has suffered a huge blow ahead of this match following news tough forward Mark Cantoni could be out of action for the next eight weeks. Cantoni broke his arm in the second half of last Saturday’s disastrous 26-0 loss to the Redcliffe Dolphins. Cantoni now joins fellow gun forward Joel Riethmuller (knee) on the long-term injury list. But it is not all doom and gloom for the Pride. The Cairns based club has added PNG international Rodney Griffin to its playing roster. Griffin is set to make his debut for the Pride off the bench against the Devils at Bishop Park. The third-placed Pride is bracing itself for a tough contest against the young Devils, who are desperate to begin a climb off the bottom of the ladder.

WYNNUM MANLY v REDCLIFFE
BMD Kougari Oval, Sunday June 22 - 3pm
Referee: Gavin Morris
GRL Tip: Redcliffe

THE prestigious Herald Cup goes on the line in the highly anticipated bayside clash. With the first encounter between the two teams finishing in a thrilling 26-all draw, the winner of Sunday’s match will be displaying the Herald Cup in their trophy cabinet. Wynnum Manly fans would dearly love to see the Seagulls break a 20-year Herald Cup drought against their old foe. Both sides are coming off impressive last start wins. The Dolphins thumped the Northern Pride 26-0 and the Seagulls downed Mackay 36-30 in Mackay. Redcliffe players will don black arm bands in memory of the late Dick “Tosser” Turner. Redcliffe is staging a memorial service at Dolphin Oval on Saturday (10am).
BURLEIGH v TWEED HEADS
Pizzey Park, Sunday June 22 - 3pm
Referee: Justin Eastwood
GRL Tip: Tweed Heads

BURLEIGH could effectively close the door on Tweed’s season in Sunday’s local derby at Pizzey Park. Burleigh (14 points) is in sixth spot, with Tweed (11) further back in ninth. Tweed coach Mick Woods is quietly confident the Seagulls can mount a challenge for the finals, despite a horror start to the season. But for that to happen, Woods is well aware that the Seagulls must overcome the Bears on Sunday. Tweed has named a host of Gold Coast Titans players, with the likes of James Stosic, Ian Donnelly, Matthew Cross, Luke Swain and Clint Amos named in the 17. Burleigh flyer Trent Purdon enters the match in reach of breaking a long-standing try-scoring record. Purdon needs just two more tries to level Reggie Cressbrook’s club record of 69.


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