By Liam Emerton
Round 17 of the Football Queensland Premier League Central Coast competition gets underway this weekend with six intriguing matchups.
The first of which will see Frenchville Roos will take on the Centralites at Ryan Park.
Frenchy did regain their lead on top of the table with that win over Southside, which saw Harry Dean, Jordan Miller and Ryan Hawken get their names on the scoresheet, but they obviously have played a game extra than rivals Clinton FC.
This match against the Gladstone-based club will be an interesting clash as Central have been pretty consistent lately.
They’ve taken 10 points from a possible 12 in their last four matches with their most recent loss coming five games ago to the Roos.
In the next match of the round Clinton FC battle Capricorn Coast Eagles in Gladstone.
Clinton will have a big rivalry matchup on Wednesday against Central so they may be a little fatigued running into the match on Saturday.
Capricorn Coast have been unable to find their stride this season but actually defeated the Grubs in the opening round of the year.
Since then it’s been a rough season for the Eagles who will need to pull off a miracle to have any chance of making the finals.
And finally the Nerimbera Magpies will look to knock off the Southside United Hawks in a battle of the birds.
The Magpies are currently in fourth spot, five points clear of this week’s opposition.
Southside United did have a chance to make ground on that but were defeated 4-1 by the Frenchville Roos in the only match played across the two premier leagues.
Jaymon Bob was the only goalscorer for the Hawks in that contest but they will be needing a stronger performance this weekend to knock off Nerimbera.
The Magpies had their match cancelled on the weekend, meaning they still have won just once in their last five matches.
Two of those were against premier league heavyweights Frenchville while they took a draw away from both Central FC and Southside.
That match against United had plenty of feeling in it and that’s no surprise when you consider the present players of both sides who used to be teammates.
There will certainly be that same intensity this weekend when the sides battle in what could play out to be a crucial match ahead of the finals series.
In the women’s competition, the league leaders Clinton FC will welcome the Capricorn Coast Eagles.
Clinton have been untouchable in the league this season, winning all 11 of their matches.
Cap Coast are comfortably in fourth place but a win over the undefeated table-toppers could be a huge boost for them moving forward.
Frenchville Roos have taken four points away from Central FC this season by scoring two draws against last year’s premiers.
However their most recent game saw the Centralites win 3-0 and the team from Gladstone will be hoping for a similar result when they travel to Ryan Park this weekend.
And in the final women’s game the best Rockhampton-based squad in the competition, Bluebirds United host the Nerimbera Magpies.
Bluebirds are in second position, three points behind the Grubs, however Clinton do have games in hand.
United will be chasing all the glory so a comfortable win over the Magpies will be exactly what they will want this weekend.