Gull out of chances

Rugby League

TWEED Heads will be without Corey Bond for the rest of the season after the tough hooker copped a five-match ban for a dangerous throw against Redcliffe.

The suspension means Bond will miss tomorrow's Queensland Cup clash against competition leaders North Queensland at Piggabeen Sports Complex. The game kicks off at the earlier time of 2.30pm.

Efforts yesterday to have the dangerous throw charge dismissed - this was Bond's second charge in as many weeks - failed.

Tweed will also be without fullback Ryan O'Connell who hurt his neck last week. Winger Nat Barnes slots into the No.1 jersey, while Matthew King is expected to start as hooker. The experienced King has missed the club's last two games, both losses, through injury.

Tweed, 15pts, still has a mathematical chance of making the finals, although it will rely on Toowoomba, 19pts, falling in a heap.

Seagulls have the Young Guns, Ipswich, Wynnum and Central Commets on their run home, while Toowoomba has Burleigh, Souths Logan, Redcliffe and the Young Guns.

Toowoomba will be keen to avenge its biggest defeat in three years today when they host Burleigh. The Bears gave the Clydesdales a 42-16 hiding back in round nine.

TWEED HEADS: (Likely) Nat Barnes, Nathan Small, David Strachan, Josh Vaughan, Damien Moar, Brad Davis, Tim Maccan, Tom Prichard, Matt King, Jeff Moate, Ben Quinlan, Andrew Maroney, Ben Hill. Interchange: Eddie Harrison, Selasi Berdie, Kristin Green, Luke Kelly.

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