Chargers tested by hard-working Brothers

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

IT PROMISES to be a classic when Gladstone Brothers meet the CQU Norths Chargers in the CQ Extended League A grade match of the round at Marley Brown Oval tomorrow. The unbeaten Chargers have been flying this season, but face their biggest test against a hardworking and consistent Brethren line-up.

Brothers coach Matt Jones has his team cherry-ripe for the clash and is looking for a competitive 80-minute effort.

'The boys are really excited, Norths are the benchmark of the competition and we want to see how we are going on Sunday,'' Jones said.

'We are still working on our style of football which will suit us best in September and our focus is ensuring players from 1 to 17 produce their best effort over 80 minutes.'

Chris Johnson is the only key player missing for the Brethren, who have been heartened by the return from England of Dean O'Dowd.

Expect a tough and physical clash with A grade action starting at 3pm.

Another top clash is on tonight at Victoria Park where Wallabys meet Rockhampton Brothers.

The prize for tonight's winner is third spot and with both sides in good form is going to be a top match-up.

Wallabys' attacking scrumbase of Ron Craig, Matt Baker and Garry Brown are sure to test the Extended League's second-best defence.

Tannum Sands coach Graham Appo is looking for a better performance from his Seagulls against Biloela at Dennis Park tonight. With Steve Surtees steering the ship, the Seagulls are sure to push the Panthers.

The final match of the round pits the winless Valleys against Fitzroy-Gracemere tonight at Marley Brown Oval.



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