QFA Rd 4 Preview
By Harry Krebs
The Queensland Football Association (QFA) rolls into Round Four this week, and it is set to be a cracker. Here is the preview for every game in the QFA North competition.
Aspley VS Nambour & Hinterland
Sat 26 Apr 2PM: Graham Rd
Aspley will be looking to start their climb up the ladder when they host Nambour at Graham Rd. Aspley are yet to get points on the board, after being beaten convincingly in the first three rounds, the most recent being a 101 point stomping by the Mayne Tigers last Saturday.
Nambour have only the one win, which came in Round 2 when they thrashed Caboolture by 86 points.
Caloundra VS Caboolture
Sat 26 Apr 2PM: North St Oval
The Caboolture Lions will make the journey up the coast to Caloundra with the hope of breaking their three-game losing-streak.
The Caloundra Panthers will wait for their opponents slightly more relaxed with one win under their belt, which came in Round 3 when they narrowly beat Nambour 42-29.
Maroochydore VS Noosa
Sat 26 Apr 2PM: Maroochydore Multisports Complex
This is the game that will shake the competition and get the other teams talking. Both Maroochydore and Noosa are undefeated and want to keep it that way, and considering the highly unlikely result of a draw, one team should be heard belting out their song in the change rooms after the game.
Maroochydore have the home ground advantage, yet Noosa have already proven to Caboolture and Nambour that they can win away from their home turf.
Mayne VS Kedron
Sat 26 Apr 2PM: Mott St
It’s going to be a good old-fashioned catfight this Saturday when the Mayne Tigers host the Kedron Lions. Mayne have exploded into the QFA North competition so far with three considerable wins, the most recent being the 101 point victory over Aspley in Round 3.
The Kedron players will no doubt have this somewhere in the back of their mind when they look to nab their second win, but it is likely that this week the King of the Jungle will no longer be the Lion, but the Tiger instead.
Alexandra Hills v Robina
Saturday April 26, 2pm
Robina will be lookignto continue their unbeated nstreak in the QFA South, taking on Alex Hills. The match will be a good test for the hoem team and they will be up for a strong contest.
Coolangatta v Burleigh
Saturday April 26, 2pm Peak Oval.
Two 2013 division one sides will reignite a local rivalry tomorrow, with plenty at stake. Both have one win under their belt for 2014 and will be looking to add to that to stay in touch with the top sides.
Coorparoo v Cooomera
Saturday April 26, 2pm, Giffin Park
After a slow start to the season, Coorparoo is chasing two consecutive wins, agaisnt Coomera. The Kings will be tough to beat on their home turf, as the Magpies search for their first win of 2014.
Springwood v YerongaSaturday april 26, 2pm , Lowe OvalOn their 35th anniversary, the Pumas will don orange and black jumpers and they’ll be keen for a win on a significant day. Two of the frontrunners, the Devils will be ready for a tough game and it should be a cracking contest.
KENMORE – BYE.
QAFA (A) Round 6
By Grant Hitzman
Beenleigh vs Logan
Saturday 26 April, 2pm: Dauth Park
Bottom placed Beenleigh will host fifth placed Logan this week. 2014 has been dismal for the Buffaloes, with the 2013 Division 3 Grand Finalists on the receiving end of four consecutive 100+ point thumpings to start the season.
Logan have been inconsistent this year, however a gutsy 13-point win over Carrara last week will give them some confidence heading into Saturday.
Despite the Cobras being the travelling club, they will head into the game heavy favourites.
Carrara vs Pine Rivers
Saturday 26 April, 2pm: Nielsens Road Oval
Carrara faces a big test at home against fourth placed Pine Rivers this week. The Saints are desperate to get a win on the board after starting the season 0-4, while the Swans will be looking to improve their record to 4-1 and reel in the top three teams.
Carrara have had an extremely tough start to the season, facing joint ladder leaders Griffith-Moorooka and University and Queensland and third placed, Redcliffe in their first three outings. The Saints weren’t disgraced in any of those clashes and came close to beating Logan last week.
Pine Rivers on the other hand have made an impressive 3-1 start to the year, with their only loss coming in an away trip to ladder leaders, UQ. The Swans travelled to Ipswich last week and got on top of the Eagles by a slim 13-points. They will start deserved favourites.
University of Queensland vs Griffith Moorooka
Saturday 26 April, 2pm: Oval 7, St Lucia
Top of the table showdown between UQ and Griffith-Moorooka this week will decide who is the top dog of the QAFA (A). Griffith-Moorooka are coming off a bye week and a confident 37-point victory over Redcliffe in Round 4, while UQ are still relishing a 152-point drubbing of Beenleigh last week.
Griffith-Moorooka will be primed and ready to make the tough trip to St. Lucia to score a road victory, however UQ will start slight favourites on their home turf.
Park Ridge vs Ipswich
Sunday 27 April, 2pm: Park Ridge High School
Competition new comers, Park Ridge, will take on Ipswich this week. Park Ridge have struggled this season in a competitive competition, slumping to a disappointing 1-4 record to leave them in 7th position on the ladder.
The season started with a bang for the Park Ridge, dismantling Beenleigh by 126-points. Since then the Pirates have lost four on the trot, but have showed promising signs against quality opponents. A 14-point loss against ladder leaders, Griffith Moorooka, earlier in the season, has shown they can compete at a high level.
Ipswich are coming off a tight 13-point loss to competition heavyweights, Pine Rivers, but a comfortable 40-point win against fifth placed Logan in Round 4 will give them a lot of confidence. The Eagles will start slight favourites.
Redcliffe: BYE – Tigers will have a rest this week after an impressive 32-point win over Park Ridge took their record to 4-1, placing them third on the table.