By Mark Perriman
Round 14 QFA (North)
Noosa vs Aspley.
Saturday July 12, 2PM. Weyba Rd
On paper, Noosa should have a field day at home, with the Hornets lingering seven games in arrears. However, both sides are reasonably placed to make this an intriguing tussle. Noosa will be out to make a statement, having fallen away at the death against pacesetters Mayne last weekend. Following some good service, Tiger Brett Duke will be out to make the most of his chances, whilst Aspley will look to make a statement, having surrendered a 15-point three-quarter time lead against Caloundra last weekend.
Cabooture vs. Maroochydore.
Saturday July 12, 2PM, Burpengary
Following their recent run of heavy defeats, Caboolture will be out to make amends against the travelling Roos. Despite their losses, the Lions will look solace in their effort against mid-table Aspley two weeks back. However, with their eight-win superiority, Maroochydore will be seeking to catch Kedron and Noosa with a percentage-boosting victory. This one should go accordingly.
Caloundra vs. Kedron
Saturday July 12, 2PM, North St Oval
The game of the round. Caloundra will be looking to make a run up the ladder when they host Kedron at North St Oval. Caloundra will look to build on their come-from-behind heroics against Aspley, whilst Kedron will seek to blitz the Panthers through sheer attacking firepower. With 10-goals in his past three games, look for Kedron’s Michael Leamer to continue his purple patch in a game that should go down to the wire.
Nambour & Hinterland vs. Mayne
Saturday July 12, 2PM, Jubilee Dr.
This game should go according to the script, with the undefeated Mayne on the road to the 13-3 Blues. Look for the Tigers to further inflate their already-ridiculous percentage (322.26). Whilst competitive in defeat, Nambour & Hinterland will face the sternest of tests at home against the form side of the competition.
Round 14: QFA (South)
Kenmore vs. Coolangatta
Saturday July 12, 2PM, Western Districts Oval.
Mid-table Kenmore play host to the 13-2 Blues at Western Districts from 2PM on Saturday. With a bye in hand and a favourable run home, a win against the Blues could see fifth-placed Kenmore make a real tilt at second position. On the back of a string of comprehensive defeats and with nothing to lose, the away side will be looking to spoil the party and regain some pride.
Alexandra Hills vs. Coomera
Saturday July 12, 2PM, Keith Surridge Oval.
With only two wins separating these two sides these two bottom sides, look for Alexandra Hills to exploit the benefits of their late-season bye. Magpie Stuart Vimpany will be out to continue his hot run of form, having slotted eight goals in his past three outings. However, given the week off as well as their competitive showings in defeat, the home side should come away with the spoils.
Yeronga vs. Burleigh
Saturday July 12, 2PM, Leyshon Park.
The pick of the round. With only percentage separating these two sides, both face the real possibility of falling to fifth position if results do not go their way. With five wins from their past five matches, look for the high-scoring Devils to take it to the Bombers, of whom are on the back of two losses, albeit to top three sides. Brad Laycock, with 15 goals in his past three matches, will lead a Devil’s attack that I feel will prove to be the difference.
Springwood vs. Coorparoo
Saturday July 12, 2PM, Lowe Oval
Runaway league-leaders Springwood will be out to continue their dominant run home when face sixth-placed Coorparoo roll into Lowe Oval. On the back of two good wins, the travelling Blues will be aiming to knock off the Pumas. Jacob Moon and Tyson Spurling offer a troubling duel threat for the home side, whilst the Blues will have their work cut out for them trying to contain the deadeye Luke O’Shea (21-goals, 1 behind from his past three games). Springwood should continue their dominance.
Round 12 Make Up Game – QAFA
UQ vs Ipswich
Saturday July 12, 2PM. Oval 7, St Lucia.
In-form Ipswich travels to Oval 7 looking to make up ground on their mid-table rivals. With seven goals in his past two matches, Justin Cummings will be key for the Eagles. The Lions will be looking to shore up their back line after their thrashing last week away to league leaders Griffith-Moorooka. Expect UQ’s David Doherty to continue his consistent run in front of goal, with the home side taking the points in a tight one.