Vital game: Jackson Springer in action for Bilambil.
Vital game: Jackson Springer in action for Bilambil. Blainey Woodham

Top two set for big clash

IT'S the business end of the Bycroft Cup, and the stakes are high for the Tweed's two competition representatives.

In what shapes as a potentially season-defining Sunday afternoon, Bilambil goes head-to-head with Southport in a top-of-the-table blockbuster at Owen Park, while South Tweed tackles fellow finals hopefuls Currumbin at Galleon Way.

Bilambil and Southport have led the competition all season and the clash of the two heavyweights will be a replay of last season's grand final and could easily be a dress rehearsal for this season's big match.

The Jets slipped two points behind the Tigers after suffering just their third loss of the season at home to Tugun last week, making it a must-win game for the premiership hopefuls.

Despite the loss, coach Troy McCarthy has opted to stick with the same 17 for tomorrow's enormous encounter.

“The effort was certainly there and we achieved what we wanted, except for the result,” McCarthy said.

“If you're playing good footy at this time of the year I think the results will look after themselves.

“I would hate to under-rate our form because we are playing well at the right time of the year and we're on a mission to be in full form before finals.

“We've tightened up the last two times we've played them and it cost us but if we can stay relaxed and stick to our own game, I believe we can beat them.”

Bilambil supporters will be looking for another big game from back-rower Jason Klimis and centre Anthony Flores who starred last Sunday.

However, the key contest is likely to be between representative halves Paul Rolls (Jets) and Willie Morunga.

While Bilambil would have to win by 110 points to take top spot, victory would at least draw them level.

Similarly South Tweed and Currumbin are locked in a battle for the fifth, and final, finals berth.

South Tweed holds down fifth spot on points differential but a win would create a little breathing space entering the final three rounds.

“It's another must-win game for us,” Koalas coach Dean Allen said.

“Every game is like a grand final.

“Last time we played there was only four points in it and while both sides have come a long way, I expect another close one.”

Former NRL star Scott Sattler will again line up for South Tweed in a match that also features the return of inspirational prop Damien Wyatt.

Elsewhere, Hinterland host Burleigh, Runaway Bay battle Beaudesert, and Ormeau tangle with Tugun.



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