Blues fancy points
COOLANGATTA-TWEED Blues have a big chance to move up the ladder when they take on the hot and cold Noosa in round eight of the Pineapple Hotel Cup at Kirra. Noosa are just one win above the enthusiastic young Blues on the ladder and could be ripe for the picking Senior player James Cook said the Blues would be close to full strength with the former Bulldogs AFL player the only key player missing from the line-up - still struggling to get over a hamstring tear suffered two weeks ago. "We have Adrian Miller and Ben Dusi back in and we are almost full strength," he said. "Having the week off for the representative game has been really good for the older players like myself and Grant McKenzie but the young blokes have all been pretty keen to get out and play." Last year Noosa were one of the teams to beat but Cook said they had not shown the same sort of form this time. The Blues also lost a lot of key players from last year and had got off to a slow start. However Cook said the addition of a group of young players brought in from Papua New Guinea and the coaching of Scott Lawton had really helped the team. Competition leaders Palm Beach Currumbin take on seventh placed Wilston Grange at Salk Oval, Palm Beach while second placed Western Magpies travel to Everton Park to play last-placed Mayne. Surfers, who are looking good on third on the ladder will play fifth-placed Aspley at Aspley in a game that could have the biggest affect on the top four teams. In other games Burleigh play Maroochy-Northshore at Bill Godfrey Oval on the Gold Coast while Sandgate are up against Springwood at a venue to be named. Ladder: PBC 32, Western Magpies 28, Surfers 24, Maroochy/Northshore 24, Aspley 20, Burleigh 20, Wilston Grange 16, Noosa 12, Coolangatta-Tweed 8, Springwood 4, Sandgate 4, Mayne 0.