Thistles must beat either Rovers, Workers or Goonellabah in the next three matches or spend their 50th anniversary relegated into first division. Thistles, who have been in the top flight since their inception, found themselves in this extremely onerous position after Ballina upset Italo Stars 2-1 to pull clear of the relegation zone. Hope has already faded for the Casino Cobras and they will take the fall no matter what, but Thistles still have a faint chance. This weekend they play Rovers and Workers in two home town derbies the first at Bill Harris Field on Saturday at 3pm and the next on home soil on Sunday at 3pm. Needless to say these game will attract plenty of the Thistles faithful.
At the top of the competition Byron Bay and an incandescent Maclean Bobcats will play in Byron at 3pm on Saturday in a match which should be the final word in terms of the minor premiership.
Although the Rams have a game in hand, Maclean have been coming home like a horse thats been given its head. The Rams made light work of Thistles 6-3 last week, while the Bobcats seriously dented the Hornets semi finals hopes, knocking off the yellowmen 2-nil.
Lennox Head Sharks halted their descent by mauling the inconsistent Workers 5-2. This weekend they play Goonellabah at home at 3pm in a match which could end the Hornets tilt at the title.
Italo Stars should be able to get their semi campaign back on track when they tear apart the carcass of the Cobras in Casino at 5pm. Stars have found it difficult to string together any wins and considering their poor dedication to training its hardly surprising. Certainly losing to lowly Ballina on Saturday did nothing to shore up their finals spot.
The remaining match of the round is between the Ballina Seahorses and Workers Redmen in Ballina at 5pm. The Redmen are capable of anything (they can lose to Casino yet beat Byron) but the time for messing about is long over. If they want a spot in the semis then they need to exact a significant win over the seasiders and back it up with a win over Thistles on Sunday.
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