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globalrugbyleague - Sat, 16 Jun 2007 11:57:00 GMT
FOUR of the five QLD Wizard Cup matches this weekend will have players vying for XXXX City selection, while the other game is a clash between traditional heavyweights North Queensland and Burleigh.

QUEENSLAND CUP
Round 14Teams:


IPSWICH V NORTHS
Venue: North Ipswich Reserve
Date: Saturday June 16th, 2:00pm
Referee: Michael Wise
GRL Tip: Ipswich

AFTER Ipswich snared five places in the XXXX Country team, Norths players will be out to impress ahead of the XXXX City side being named on Sunday night.

The Devils have shown encouraging signs in recent weeks without necessarily getting the result, while red-hot Ipswich goes looking for its eighth win of the last nine weeks.

One player that will be missing for Norths is teenage forward James Sharkie, suspended for a grade two careless high tackle against Wynnum Manly.

This will be Ipswich captain Danny Coburn’s 199th Wizard Cup game for the Jets.

Picked at lock for Country, Coburn is set to become only the fourth person to reach the double century on June 30 against Tweed Heads. Norths’ skipper Marc Brentnall has been Players’ Player for three weeks in a row.

Ipswich: 1. Ben McFadgean, 2. Luke Walker, 3.Ricky Dodd, 4.Chris Walker, 5.Donald Malone, 6.Todd Riggs 7.Ricky Bird, 8.Aaron Sweeney, 9.Michael Ryan, 10. Isaak Ah Mau, 11.Geoff Chalk, 12.Trevor Exton, 13.Danny Coburn ©. Interchange: 14. Joel Reithmuller, 15.Mathew McPhee, 16.Scott Alo, 17.Josh Costello. Coach: Kevin Walters

Norths: 1.Kieran Turner, 2.George Kepa, 3.Joel Thompson, 4.William Chambers, 5.Anthony Perkins, 6.Jason Poppi, 7.Liam Foran, 8.Willie Scanlan, 9.Marc Brentnall ©, 10.Scott Anderson, 11.Sika Manu, 12.Aaron Bulow, 13.Matt Rua. Interchange: 14.Troy O’Shea, 15.Aiden Tolman, 16.Brendan Afitu, 17.Aaron Morgan, Coach: Kevin Carmichael

NORTH QLD V BURLEIGH
Venue: Dairy Farmers Stadium
Date: Saturday June 16th, 5:30pm
Referee: Gavin Morris
GRL Tip: Norths

THE Young Guns were handed arguably their most painful loss of the season back in Round three when Burleigh out-hustled them on ABC TV.

At the time the performance gave cause for concern for the northerners, while boosting the Bears’ premiership credentials.

However since then it has been an about-face and North Queensland remains in top spot, while Burleigh is clawing to regain a space in the top five.

Benchman Travis Simpson has been a late scratching for Burleigh, with Josh Blatch brought in.

Meanwhile Josh Graham is named in the second row, with Country selection Leigh Coghill out. The Young Guns welcome back Ben Vaeau, Scott Bolton and Neil Sweeney.

NQLD: 1.Luke Hume, 2.Toshio Laiseni, 3.Mark Henry, 4. Brett Anderson, 5.Neil Sweeney, 6.Jackson Nicolau, 7.Shane Muspratt ©, 8.Ben Vaeau, 9.Scott Smith, 10.John Frith, 11.Daniel Backo, 12.Scott Bolton, 13.Sam Faust Interchange: 14.Col Wilkie, 15.Ben Lowe, 16.Jimmy Andersen, 17.Greg Byrnes. Coach: Matt Parish.

Burleigh: 1.Nick Parfitt, 2.Trent Purdon, 3.Lelea Paea, 4.Jordan Atkins, 5.Aseri Lang, 6.Alex Glenn, 7.Ben Black, 8.James Griffiths, 9.Ryan Gundry ©, 10.Kale Burton, 11.Martin Griese, 12.Josh Graham, 13.John Flint Interchange: 14.Travis Simpson, 15.Wayne Phillis 16.Josh Blatch, 17.Marty Paulson Coach: Jim Lenihan.

COMETS V EASTS TIGERS
Venue: Browne Park
Date: Saturday June 16th, 7:30pm
Referee: Justin Davis
GRL Tip: Easts Tigers

CENTRAL received a dose of good news on Thursday night, with Tyron Haynes cleared of a dangerous throw charge. Haynes was among the better players in the Comets’ 28-10 loss to Burleigh in Round 13.

This looms as an intriguing match up, with the home team gaining confidence as of late and Easts dropping outside the top five.

The last clash between the Tigers and Comets in Rockhampton was a particularly fiery affair, won 12-6 by Easts in the final round of 2006.

Trent Henrick returns from suspension on the bench for Easts, with Kev Stephensen slotting into the centres. For the Comets, Yoren Major shifts into hooker, while Guy Williams slides from centre to pivot and allows James Munns a starting role in the centres.

Comets: 1.Junior Auru, 2.Ray Garrett, 3.Tyron Haynes, 4.James Munns, 5.Cody Gray, 6.Guy Williams, 7. Nat Bowman, 8.Wayne Barnett©, 9.Yoren Major, 10.Luke Fatnowna, 11.Todd Titmus 12.John Bidgood, 13.Steve Farrelly Interchange: 15.Brent Williams, 16.Jeremy Halls Coach: Steve Anderson.

Easts Tigers: 1.Justin McKay, 2. Steve Beattie,, 3. Wade Liddell, 4.Matt Lockyer, 5.John Tamanika, 6.Luke Capewell, 7. Isaac Kaufmann, 8.Sinave Faitala, 9.Trent Young, 10. Cameron Durnford, 11.Tom MacGougan, 12.Mark Cantoni, 13.Anthony Boyd. Interchange: 14.Ben Laity, 15.Kev Stephensen, 16.Abraham Sila, 17.Marcus Jensen. Coach: Michael Booth

REDCLIFFE V SOUTHS LOGAN
Venue: Dolphin Oval
Date: Sunday June 17th, 3:00pm
Referee: Justin Eastwood
GRL Tip: Redcliffe

DOLPHINS centre Nick Emmett will play his 50th game for Redcliffe, having started out his Wizard Cup career with Souths Logan.

While Redcliffe can be expected to bounce back after a disjointed 20-4 loss to Aspley in round 13, there is no guarantee of Souths Logan giving the reigning premier a saloon passage.

Indeed the Magpies were unlucky to lose 20-16 to first-placed North Queensland last week.

Centre Shaun Spring makes way for Tanu Wulf out wide, while teenager Matthew Burnham comes onto the Magpie bench.

Redcliffe’s Shane Perry is under siege as the leading active try-scorer in the competition.

Last week Burleigh fullback Nick Parfitt drew equal and they both have 81 Wizard Cup tries to their name. Redcliffe is currently second on the table, while Souths Logan is in tenth place.

Redcliffe: 1.Ryan Cullen, 2.Alwyn Simpson, 3.Matt Harris, 4.Nick Emmett, 5.Rory Bromley, 6. Marty Turner, 7.Marty Turner, 8.Troy Lindsay, 9.Mick Roberts, 10.Nick Walker, 11.Mark Shipway, 12.Danny Burke, 13.Nathan Tutt Interchange: 14.Adam Starr, 15.Pat Gardner, 16. Palmer Wapau, 17.Shannon Fish Coach: Anthony Griffin.

Souths Logan: 1.Dave Wood, 2. Quentin Laulu-Togagae, 3.Tanu Wulf, 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.Darren Glase, 13.Brogan Gibson. Interchange: 14.Josh Griffith, 15.Chris Mcguirk, 16.Mathew Burnham, 17.Brenton Stonier. Coach: Jason Burnham/Brandon Costin.

TWEED HEADS V WYNNUM
Venue: Piggabeen Complex
Date: Sunday June 17th, 3:00pm
Referee: Clayton Sharpe
GRL Tip: Tweed Heads

WYNNUM Manly has been boosted by the return of two handy players, with Ron Troutman shrugging off retirement and Steve Irwin back from the Canberra Raiders.

Troutman is listed to start at halfback in FOGS Cup and needs just one more Wizard Cup game with Wynnum to bring up 100 for the club. Irwin is not expected to play for several weeks.

Tweed Heads has been gathering momentum of late and is unbeaten for the past six weeks.

Rookie Shannon Walker is celebrating his selection in the XXXX Country team, along with Tweed stalwarts Andrew Moroney and Nathanael Barnes.

Back for the southerners is Michael Hodgson, while fellow NRL-contracted forward Luke O’Dwyer continues his return from injury.

In the first chapter of the ‘Battle of the Seagulls’ this year, Wynnum Manly won 12-6. On current standings Tweed Heads is fifth, while Wynnum is in ninth

Tweed Heads: 1.Shannon Walker, 2.Nathanael Barnes, 3.David Myles, 4.James Wood, 5.Josh Vaughan, 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.Chris Farrell, 15.Michael Hodgson, 16.Luke O’Dwyer, 17.Will Mathews Coach: Troy McCarthy
Wynnum: 1.Jim Ahmat, 2.Chris Currie, 3. Simon Phillips 4. Paoa Faamita 5.Bill Wyatt, 6.Chris Birch,7.Denny Lambert, 8.Angus Martin, 9.Wade Bachmann, 10.Fili Sofa, 11.John Bruce, 12.Darren Bain, 13.Joe Clarke. Interchange: 14.Ben Czislowski, 15.Luke Dalziel-Don 16.Kerry Smith, 17.Albert Talipeau. Coach: Shane McNally


Round 13 Results:
Burleigh 28 d Comets 18
Ipswich 36 d Easts Tigers 6
Aspley 20 d Redcliffe 4
Norths 25 d Wynnum 20North Queensland 20 d Souths Logan 16 - Read More, Here