Four teams fighting for dominant position in Pegg Cup play-offs

They might be flying high in the top grade competition but the Springfield Hawks have a tighter fight on their hands in Reserve Grade.

Chasing a third straight premiership, the Hawks are undefeated at the top of the Barber Cup but find themselves in fourth place in the Pegg Cup.

Pine Rivers, Wynumm and Springfield all sit on four wins apiece, with ladder-leaders Redlands and Caboolture all-but-certain of a first and second finish.

With only five games remaining, Pegg Cup coach Tony Kiri knows a good run home could give the Hawks a more favourable draw in the finals.

“There’s still a lot of byes coming into play and we don’t have any left,” Kiri said. “With five straight games we are probably in the best position of any team going into the finals.

“The pool we are in with Wynnum and Pine Rivers is very tough, but it’s been a good indication for us to be able to look at how we are going. This is probably the fittest team we’ve had in Pegg Cup for the last four years which is great.”

Tomorrow afternoon the Hawks head to Bulimba to take on Riverside Rebels in both grades. While just outside the top six in Barber Cup, the Riverside reserves have only managed one win this season and could prove an easy target.

A bye for the Hawks Pegg Cup squad last week allowed a number of their players to have a stint with the Barber Cup side.

With a comfortable win in the Barber Cup, Kiri said the team would benefit from the returning players having enjoyed the extra game time and experience at the top level.

“We’ve had the luxury of players being able to play up in the Barber Cup side,” he said. “For the club it’s about developing that depth and I feel very lucky to have that transition between the two sides.

“We’ve got the team that can go all the way through to the finals, it’s just about making sure the players themselves believe that. The game time has allowed us to build on our core group and hopefully we can continue on our own path to the finals.”

Also chasing a finals spot in the Pegg Cup is the Goodna Gladiators, who need to hold onto their sixth position to make the knock-out stages.

Tomorrow the Gladiators take on Pine Rivers, and will be hoping the Ipswich Rangers can keep the seventh-placed Brisbane Hustlers from drawing level as the two teams face off in Beenleigh.

In the Barber Cup, the Rangers top grade will take on Beenleigh at Windaroo Oval. With both sides on two wins for the season, Ipswich need a victory to avoid slipping further down the top grade ladder.

Game day

Barber Cup (tomorrow from 3pm):

Ipswich Rangers v Beenleigh at Windaroo Oval.

Springfield Hawks v Riverside at Bulimba Sports Club.

Goodna Gladiators v Pine Rivers at John Oxley Reserve.

Pegg Cup (tomorrow from 1.40pm):

Ipswich Rangers v Brisbane Hustlers at CP Bottomley Park.

Springfield Hawks v Riverside at Bulimba Sports Club.

Goodna Gladiators v Pine Rivers at John Oxley Reserve.

Source: Queensland Times

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