By Liam Emerton
The local Gladstone Rugby League competition saw the two favourites succeed in a very different manner in the last round.
The Valley Diehards managed a 58-12 victory over the Gladstone Wallabys with Diehards dummy-half Tyler Massey crossing for a hattrick.
In the other match, Gladstone Brothers slipped away with a crucial 32-28 victory over Tannum Sands Seagulls.
It was a weekend for number nines as Brothers’ rake Harley Bateup managed to score three tries in his side’s victory.
This weekend Tannum Sands and the Gladstone Wallabys will look to bounce back from the tough losses.
The other match will see Brothers players try to repeat their effort from two weeks ago when they battle the Valley Diehards.
Brothers defeated Valleys 30-8 in a top-of-the-table clash with the sides trading wins in its prior two matches.
With just two games left, the Diehards will need a win to bring themselves within a point of the top squad or face losing their hopes of a minor premiership.
In the Rockhampton Rugby League women’s competition, the two Gladstone-based teams will face off coming round.
The Tannum Sands Seagalls will battle the Gladstone Wallabys and both will be fighting for a win.
The Seagalls have dropped fifth in recent weeks but victory against their regional rivals should push them into the top four.
The Wallabys are still winless but could create an opportunity for an upset if they can field their strongest side.
In another top match, the Blackwater Crushettes will battle the league-leading Emu Park Emus in what could be the game of the round.
The Rockhampton Brothers will look to maintain its squeeze on the Emus, who are ahead of Rocky by three competition points, when the Brothers battle Fitzroy/Gracemere Sharks this weekend.
And in the final match, the Norths Chargers and Yeppoon Seagulls will battle in Rockhampton on Sunday afternoon.