After a massive weekend of Presidents Cup action and with less then 2 months remaining in the regular season, clubs now turn their attention to the run home. As the FQPL 3 Darling Downs competitions resume this weekend.
Highfields Green host West Wanderers on Saturday night. Being the two lowest ranked teams some would believe there may be not be a whole lot to play for. But an unlikely win from Wanderers could boost their confidence for the remaining fixtures. Whilst Green are still a mathematical chance of making the top four and a win could be a big bonus.
Being out of the top four is not where the South Toowoomba Hawks want to be, given their impressive start to the 2022 campaign. With a game also in hand, any points they can get out of their clash with Highfields Gold will be valuable. Highfields Gold will be disappointed they didn’t take any silverware away last weekend and may want to prove a point to the rest of the competition.
An inter-club derby between Rockville Rovers and Rockville Rubies. With Rovers surging into the top four over the last month, it’s hard to see them dropping points in this one. Rubies are coming off a 6-0 defeat to USQFC, so they will need to be at their absolute best defensively to keep their club rivals quiet on Sunday morning.
Willowburn have returned to the top of the table with a narrow 1 point lead. With USQFC also making their way into the top four, both teams have a lot to play for. A loss or a draw to the magpies could see them drop back to second, conversely a loss to USQFC could see them drop out of the top four.
A renewed and refreshed Gatton side will be confident going into their clash with Highfields on Saturday night after their mid-week win squeezed Rockville out of the top four and put them back in finals contention. On the flip slide, every game is a must win now for Highfields if they are to make a late charge for finals football, playing with that kind of desperation and mindset could trouble the Redbacks , particularly if they score early.
St Albans continue to make bold statements in the second half of Season 2022, and they will be looking to make another one against West Wanderers this Saturday night. No doubt, probably still a little disappointed with their efforts from Presidents Cup, it’s reasonably safe to assume Wanderers will arrive at Middle Ridge Park fired up and looking to pour some water on the St Albans hot winning streak.
Rockville won’t need any motivation than the prospect of not making the top four come finals heading into their match with Willowburn. The last time these two met, Rockville started extremely well only for the magpies to claw back a 2-0 deficit. These two teams always put on a spectacle and this weekend should be no different.