Aspley will take on Robina at home this weekend to open the action for round six in the State Association Division one. The Roos have already proved themselves worthy of their promotion to the higher division, as they currently sit sixth on the ladder with two wins. Last week they put up a strong showing against a quality opponent in Caloundra, going down by just a point. Vice captain Josh Callinan was brilliant in the loss, as was Aaron Kidney who also bobbed up with four goals. The Hornets are yet to put a win on the board following another single digit loss to Kedron in round five. Hard running wingman Vince Detenanio and skipper Steve Jackson were solid contributors, while courageous forward Lachlan Harris battled through a nasty hand injury sustained before half time. A win for Aspley would get the monkey off the back and kick start their year, while Robina will be placed firmly in the mix if they are able to come away with the four points this week.
Two of the form teams of the competition will go head to head on Saturday, with Alexandra Hills up against Yeronga at Keith Surridge Oval. A win for the Devils would see them jump in front of the Bombers on percentage, and put them in the top three on the ladder. Last week Yeronga had a somewhat surprising loss to Coorparoo by two goals. Paul O’Brien and Brad Laycock kicked 7 between them, but the limited opportunities made it hard to put on any real scoreboard pressure. Alex Hills had a solid 17 point win against UQ at home, with Justin Brooke being judged best afield, while the ultra consistent Alex De Hayr also featured heavily in the contest. The Bombers have been solid at home this year and it will take a mighty effort by Yeronga to knock them off their perch.
Following their big win against Kenmore last week, Wynnum will be at home to the UQ Red Lions on Saturday. The 10 point win will be a massive confidence boost for the side that is currently sitting second last on the ladder. Ash Rodrigues and Shane McConnell put on 10 goals between them, while Trent Farrow and Darryl Pyper were the standout performers around the ground. Last week’s three goal loss to Alex Hills must quickly be forgotten by the UQ boys if they want to remain at the pointy end of the ladder. Luke Wray and Hugh Millikan have been consistent targets up forward for the Red Lions, and they again will need to be at their best if they are to make up for the disappointing loss last week.
Kedron will be taking the long trip up the Bruce Highway to face the ladder leaders Caloundra at North Street Oval. The Lions had a good win against Aspley in round five, holding off the fast finishing Hornets by nine points. Their 49 point opening stanza was an impressive display and they will want to replicate that again this week against the flag favourites. The Panthers had a close call against another newly elevated team in Robina last week, beating them by one point in a nail biter. Barry O’Brien and Shaun Clarke were good again for Caloundra in the hardly fought contest. Kedron will look to danger men Dan Duffield and Lee Fazackerley, while key forward Steve Jamieson will be a useful inclusion.
The last match of the round will see Coorparoo up against Kenmore at Giffin Park on Sunday. The Kings are going to be full of confidence coming into this one following their win against Yeronga last week. Josh Ryan was brilliant all day while Tyson Spurling was able to boot three majors. The Bears will want to make up for their shock loss from last week against the in-form Kings, and the giant Tim Plummer could again be the difference. Following his heroics against Aspley in round four, Plummer backed it up with an impressive nine goal outing in a losing team last week. Josh Ryan was also good for Kenmore, and his team will need him to carry that form into this weeks encounter.