Club Corner: race for the finals begins as top-of-the-table clashes loom nationwide

Thu, 10/06/2021, 12:58 pm
Nick Wasiliev
by Nick Wasiliev
Wests Scarborough in action last year in the FMG Premier Grade

Club corner is back to preview the upcoming weekend of club footy across the country.

With the hurdle of the halfway point of the season cleared last round or set to be cleared this round, now comes the race for finals contention, which is set to be a thriller across all competitions nationwide. 

Melbourne’s Dewar Shield is set to return on June 19th, while Adelaide’s Coopers Premier Grade and Sydney's Shute Shield will also enjoy a bye week this weekend. 

GPS are still in contention for top of the ladder.
GPS are still in contention for top of the ladder.

QUEENSLAND PREMIER GRADE - ROUND TEN

With all teams on even games played going into this round, it is no surprise that all eyes are on UQ, who currently hold an imposing seven point lead at the top of the ladder, and have managed eight bonus point wins. This weekend, with Wests having the bye, they travel to face Brothers, while Sunnybank host Easts and Norths welcome the Bullsharks.

RUGBY.com.au Match Of The Round:

Souths v GPS - following their surprise win last week over the Bullsharks, Souths find themselves five points from fourth place, so a win here will do much for their confidence and progression at a finals berth. However, GPS are the only team that look like catching UQ, so expect them to continue what has been a solid season from them so far.

Other fixtures:

UQ v Brothers

Sunnybank v Easts 

Norths v Bond University

Wests - BYE

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Can Tuggeranong maintain their position at the top of the ladder?
Can Tuggeranong maintain their position at the top of the ladder?

JOHN I DENT CUP - ROUND EIGHT

The Vikings have continued their slender hold on the ladder as we head into the ladder half of the John I Dent Cup, but signs are ominous that their best football could be about to come following their demolition of Wests. This weekend the Lions will look to get back to winning ways against Royals, while Gungahlin welcomes a dangerous Queanbeyan side. 

RUGBY.com.au Match Of The Round: 

Tuggeranong v Uni-Norths: A clash between one and two, both sides come into this game with everything to play for. The Vikings looked very dangerous against Wests, while the Owls had to overcome a tough Whites outfit. While homeground advantage is hard to go past, the Owls do have the potential to take the wind out of the Vikings sails, which (pending other results), could open up the competition a lot more. 

Other fixtures: 

Gungahlin v Queanbeyan

Wests v Canberra Royals

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UWA have enjoyed a solid start to the 2021 club season.
UWA have enjoyed a solid start to the 2021 club season.

FORTESCUE PREMIER GRADE - ROUND NINE

The halfway point of the season is almost upon us in Perth, with the FMG Premier Grade experiencing a much more chaotic season in terms of the alternating ladder. UWA, Wests, Nedlands and Kalamunda currently make up the top four, but this weekend will see several clashes between the top of the ladder and the bottom, including Kalamunda hosting Perth Bayswater, Wanneroo travelling to Joondalup, and Palmyra hosting the Lions.

RUGBY.com.au Match Of The Round:

Wests Scarborough v UWA: a top of the table clash that could prove deadly for the loser, only one point separates these two sides. While UWA is likely to be favourites given the prominence of their attack, Wests at home have proven to be an animal few teams have been able to tame, which has the makings of a potentially season defining fixture. 

Other fixtures:

Cottesloe v ARKs

Curtin Uni v Nedlands

Coastal Cavaliers v Associates

Kalamunda v Perth Bayswater

Palmyra v UWA

Joondalup v Wanneroo

TASMANIAN PREMIER GRADE 

This weekend all teams will be taking a bye off, with the exception of the Burnie Emus and Taroona Penguins, who will meet for their Round Four clash in Burnie. With both sides desperate to get a foothold in the top four, this win will likely be critical in their context of both their seasons. 

Wherever you are this weekend, we hope you enjoy your club footy!

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