It?s civil war on Coast cricket fields
By GLEN SCOTT
CRICKET'S version of civil war breaks out on several Gold Coast and Tweed District ovals today.
Round seven of the Gabba Sports Cup will see southern Gold Coast teams take on their northern counterparts in a series of one-day games.
The cross-over matches mark one of the rare times the two divisions go head-to-head during the regular season, but spectators hoping for some ill-will and a splash of bad blood may be disappointed.
For the combatants, any knowledge of frosty north-south relations is consigned to reading about Korean or American history.
Terranora captain Grant Thompson, whose team hosts lowly placed northerners Redlands at Bilambil, believes it is actually a case of familiarity breeding contempt.
"The games against the northern teams are generally pretty calm," Thompson said.
"If anything, there is more rivalry with the teams we play all the time, the southern boys.
"The northern sides enjoy travelling down here for a game and we like going up there.
"Besides, we don't have the hardest cross-over game, so I'm looking forward to playing a one-dayer and hopefully getting a win.
"Everybody loves playing a one-dayer."
There is quiet suspicion that the northern competition is the tougher of the two, which is not necessarily backed up by any statistics.
Of the six cross-over clashes so far this season, three results have gone to northern teams and two to the southerners, with the round five game between Palm Beach Currumbin (south) and Coomera Hope Island abandoned due to poor weather.
Pottsville's Josh Singh won't be sweating bullets when the Pelicans pad up against Helensvale at Seabreeze, Pottsville.
"We've never played Helensvale before. We don't know a lot about them," he said.
"It's always nice to beat a Queensland team, and they are usually competitive, but we hold no fears.
"We actually have a really good record against northern teams - we beat Runaway Bay, Southport and Coomera last year so nothing scares us and we've got nothing to lose.
"We just want a win to break