Allied Pickfords Cup Rd 2 Preview

We preview all the Allied Pickfords Cup action this weekend.

It’s another big weekend in the Allied Pickfords Cup, with the remaining round two matches to get underway tomorrow.

Heading the list of games is a mouth-watering clash between Mayne and Springwood at Mott St.

The Tigers showed they could get close to the best team in the competition, pushing the Western Magpies until the final term, with only two men on the bench.

Mayne coach, Mitch Ferguson, said it was back to the drawing board for his side after a final-quarter fade out in that match.
“We were disappointed with how the game finished last week,” Ferguson said.

“We’ve focused on fine- tuning our defence during the week. It’s been back to the drawing board a little bit.”

The Tigers have three major inclusions for the match against Springwood, with Dan Evans, Taylor Mercer and Dion Schulz coming into the side.

Jake Magill is set for a long absence, after breaking his leg against. the Magpies.

Springwood were left stunned by a relatively unknown Sandgate side, notching up a 10-point win over the spirited Hawks.

Their major recruits in Jake Furfaro, Albert Proud and Rhan Hooper will need to be firing again, if the Pumas want to pick up their second consecutive win for the season.

Pumas coach Tony King said his side were a bit rusty in week one, but would be raring to go tomorrow against the Tigers.

“It’s been a long pre-season,” he said.

“[Mayne] are a totally different team to last week.  They’re a more accomplished side.

“They’ve got some terrific players – (Caleb) Brown and (Luke) Faulkner always gives us trouble and obviously (Shaun) Daly.”

King said Springwood would be looking to improve its movement in defence in the second round match, which could be a preview of September action if both sides live up to their pre-season billing.

“Last week, our defensive run was a bit poor. We’ve been looking to fix that up this week,” he said.

“It’s a very important match for both clubs and one that we need to prepare well for.”

The match kicks off at 2:15pm at Mott St, Enoggera.

Around the grounds:

It’s another week, another Gold Coast derby, with Burleigh and Surfers Paradise facing off in search of their first win of the season.

The Bombers were shell-shocked in round one with a 149-55 loss to Coolangatta and will be looking to redeem themselves at home tomorrow.

Surfers Paradise went down to Palm Beach last weekend and will want to get on the board, to avoid a 0-2 start to the season.

Maroochydore take on Palm Beach at Fisherman’s Rd, in what will be a major test for the Sunny Coast side.

The Roos picked up a comfortable-looking win over UQ but senior coach, Brett Maloney, said his side would need to improve to match it with the Lions this weekend.

UQ are at home again this weekend, taking on Noosa.
The Tigers are coming off a one-goal loss to Wilston Grange, and their young guns will be hoping to pick up a win at St Lucia.

The Red Lions showed some grit against the Roos last week, but will need to string together a consistent four-quarter effort if they want to notch up their first Div 1 victory.

Round one’s major surprise packet. Coolangatta, travel to Chelmer this weekend to take on the Western Magpies.

The clash will be a tough test for the Blues and will be a prime opportunity to find out whether they can sustain their form from the opening round.

For the review of Wednesday night’s match between Wilston Grange and Sandgate, click here.

For all the team lists and details for this weekend’s matches, see the Allied Pickfords Cup Record, downloadable here.

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