PB-C target double chance

Aussie Rules

WITH one round to go, Palm Beach Currumbin Lions have the chance to move into the all-important AFL Queensland Second Division top four and grab the double chance for the finals.

The Lions take on Gold Coast rivals Surfers Paradise Demons at Small Park, Surfers tonight from 5pm.

A win to the Lions and a loss to fourth-placed Springwood against competition leaders Western Magpies will put the Lions back into the four. The top eight go through to the final series next week, but the four get the double chance, and if they win in the first week they go straight through to the preliminary final.

On paper the Lions should beat Surfers, but coach Scott Lawton knows it will be tough.

"It is a derby and they are playing for pride and spirit," he said.

"They have been doing alright against the top four sides and have been in the games until three-quarter time. We have to make sure we are leading going into the final quarter."

The Lions will be without Darren Beaufoy and Matt Dwyer (unavailable), Elliott Bennett (injured) and Jamarl O'Sullivan (two weeks for striking). Matt Carroll, Damien Hall and Wayne Barker come in.

Meanwhile, the Murwillumbah Hawks play their catch-up round of the Summerland Australian Football League against Byron Bay at Murwillumbah Showground this afternoon.

The two teams met at Byron last week with the home team winning. But with the two sides again meeting in next week's minor semi-final at Ballina, the Hawks will be looking to get an edge. Leading goalkicker Steve Probst is out, but young goal-sneak Scott McDermott is back in.

AFL Q'land Second Div Ladder: Burleigh 52 (173.90%), Western Magpies 52 (158.86), Noosa 48 (139.72), Springwood 34 (123.70), Palm Beach Currumbin 34 (111.86), Maroochy/Northshore 32 (98.23), Coolangatta-Tweed 32 (87.84), Mayne 20 (81.92), Aspley 20 (79.01), Wilston Grange 20 (76.46), Surf- ers Paradise 16 (80.06), Sandgate 0 (52.13).

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