Round 18 Details

ROUND 18 RESULTS: July 22/23 2006 MATCH DETAILS, click here.
Souths-Logan Magpies 30 (Geoffrey Hunt 2, Mase Laulu Togagae, Mitchell McClelland, Jeremiah Walters, James Pritchard tries; Mase Laulu Togagae 3 goals) def Burleigh Bears 28 (Jarad Garland 3, Casey Lyons, Matt Host tries; Marty Paulson 4 goals)
Burleigh looked to be in line to cause an upset leading 24-8 at halftime, but Souths-Logan consolidated their position in the top 5 with a great second half, eventually running out 30-28 winners.

Norths Devils 46 (Daniel Isaac 4, Will Chambers, Blayne Harling, Isaac Folau, Jarrad Stack, Adam Kambouris tries; Luke Samoa 5 goals) def Wynnum Manly Seagulls 0
Norths were never troubled against a disappointing Wynnum Manly side, leading 20-0 at halftime, before going on with it in the second half to win 46-0 on the back of 4 tries to ex-Sprana centre Daniel Issac.

MATCH OF THE ROUND: Aspley Devils 38 (Troyden Edwards 2, Chris Minehan, Jacob Fauid, Simona Vavega, Vaughan Eriksen tries; Jacob Fauid 7 goals) def Redcliffe Dolphins 10 (Matt Gillett, Tim Benson tries; Phil Daisy goal)
Fine and overcast conditions for this clash between competition leaders Redcliffe and the home side Aspley desperate for a win to keep their flagging final five hopes alive. Redcliffe had Aspley under pressure from the start but in what turned out to be a prtent of the day ahead, Aspley showed a lot more starch in defence than in previous weeks to hold the Dolphins out. Eventually it was Aspley who opened the scoring when a good backline mive saw Troyden Edwards break clear and step inside the fullback to score after five minutes. Redcliffe sruck back after 13 minutes when a chip kick bounced badly for the Aspley defence and Matt Gillett pounced for his 14th try of the season.  With 15 minutes remaining in the half Aspley extended their lead when Jacob Fauid dummied to kick on the 5th tackle, but ran himself and forced his way over, his conversion of his own try taking Aspley to a 12-4 lead. Redcliffe errors gifted Aspley two more tries before the break, the first when they were penalised in possession and Simona Vavega crashed over wide out, and the second when a pass went astray inside the quarter, to be picked up by Noel Underwood who put Edwards in for his second and Aspley had established a 24-4 lead.
Last week the Devils were unable to defend a 22 point lead against Burleigh, but it was a different story this week as they repelled the Dolphins time after time, as the visitors dominated possession and field position for the first 20 minutes of the second half.  Ultimately it was Aspley who opened the scoring in the second stanza with a Fauid penalty goal extending the lead to 22 before two tries in 3 minutes to Vaughan Eriksen from some quick passing up the middle and Chris Minehan from a chip kick well and truly putting the issue beyond doubt. A converted try to the Dolphins in the last minute was all they could muster with Aspley running out deserved 38-10 winners.
Jacon Fauid, as well as kicking 7/7, most from wide out, directed things well for Aspley, whilst centres Charlie Fetoia and Troyden Edwards were extremely dangerous. Despite a heavily strapped arm, Keiron Lander put in a top effort as did hooker Nathan Strudwick, whilst Fletcher Holmes had his best game since his extended injru layoff. Foisa Peni was the best in the forwards for a disappointing Redcliffe, well supported by Matt Handcock, and whilst halves Joel Romelo and Asher Elemani were busy, nothing seemed to come off for them.
STATS: Pens: Aspley 7 - 6; Scrums: Redcliffe 7 - 6; Comp.Rate: Aspley 23/34, Redcliffe 23/34

Easts Tigers 22 (Steven Thorpe 2, Brent Kuskey, Dwayne Rigby tries; Brent Kuskey 3 goals) def Sunshine Coast Falcons 16 (Dale Mitchell, Chris McGill, Isaac Eagleton tries; Anthony Delaivuna 2 goals)
Conditions at Quad Park were appalling for the clash between the Tigers and the Falcons. with Easts ploughing their way to a 10-6 halftime lead, which they extended to a tight 22-16 victory in the second half.

Western District Panthers 44 (Brendan Altadonna 2, Chris Chaisty, Tino Vaasa, Kristian Freed, Kim Ingebrigsten, James Adamson, Ryan Corrie tries; Tino Vaasa 5, Ryan Corrie goals) def Tweed Heads Seagulls 18 (Michael Keating, Jay Mariconte, Tom Kingston, Ryan Simpkins tries; Michael Keating goal)
The Panthers turned in their best performance on the season, completing 24 of their 30 sets and seriously denting the Tweed Heads Seagulls final chances with a 44-18 win after leading 24-12 at halftime.

MATCH PREVIEWS: July 22/23 2006
After 3 draws last week, who knows what we have in store this week!!

Souths-Logan Magpies v Burleigh Bears Sat 11:45am  Brandon Park
Previous Game: Souths-Logan 26 def Burleigh 22
The first round encounter between these two sides was a ripper with the Magpies snatching a win. Last week the Bears seemed down and out against Aspley, trailling 22-0, but fought back to snatch a draw, whilst Souths-Logan accounted for the more fancied Easts Tigers.  With a number of teams putting the pressure on Souths-Logan to maintain their place in the 5 this is a game they can't afford to let slip.  "THE COMPUTER" tips Souths-Logan by 10.

Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Norths Devils Sat 2.00pm  BMD Kougari
Previous Game: Norths 58 def Wynnum-Manly 12
This game starts at the later time of 2.00pm this week, with the Qld Cup game being played at 12 noon due to ABC TV van commitments later in the day. In the firrst round, Norths inflicted the biggest loss of the year on the Seagulls and they will be keen to atone in this one. Norths however look extremely strong and now they have the minor premiership in their sights will be hard to beat.   "THE COMPUTER" tips Norths by 16.

MATCH OF THE ROUND: Aspley Devils v Redcliffe Dolphins Sat 3:30pm Kirby Park
Previous Game: Redcliffe 30 drew Aspley 30
The first round clash between these two sides was one of the clashes of the season with the result a 30 all draw. Aspley looks like a team that has forgotten how to win at the moment, squandering a 22-0 lead against Burleigh last week to scrape home with a draw, whilst Redcliffe turned in an impressive second half after trailling at the break against Wynnum Manly. Aspley still looks threadbare in the backs although they will be buoyed by the return of hooker Nathan Strudwick from representative duty, this being matched by Strudwick's Qld schoolboy teammate to the Redcliffe front row. A loss her would certainly spell the end of Aspley's dim final hopes, whilst Redcliffe will be looking for a win to keep their competition lead.  "THE COMPUTER" tips Redcliffe by 10

Sunshine Coast  Falcons v Easts Tigers Sat 4.30pm  Quad Park
Previous Game: Easts 46 def Sunshine Coast 10
The Tigers fell to a surprise loss to the Magpies last week whilst the Falcons fought out a draw with the Panthers. Easts seem almost certain to finish in the top three, but will not want to give any of the chasing sides a chance, whilst Sunshine Coast would love a win to help them avaoid the wooden spoon. It should be a much closer affair than the first round encounter.  "THE COMPUTER" tips Easts by 14.

Tweed Heads Seagulls v Western District Panther 11.45am at Piggabeen
Previous Game: Tweed Heads 40 def Western Districts 12
Tweed Heads went to sleep with 15 minutes remaining aganst the Jets last week, letting an 18 point margin dosappear and having to settle for a draw, whilst the Panthers also drew with the Sunshine COast side. Tweed Heads are locked in a tight battle for a finals position and should repeat their easy win against Western Districts in the first round. "THE COMPUTER" tips Tweed by 20.

Ipswich Jets BYE