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BRL A Grade Round 9 preview

By Brisbane Rugby League Media John Devine

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Round 9 of the In Safe Hands Cup Brisbane Rugby League A Grade competition has three games that will go down to the wire.

Poinsettias coach Craig Rogers will be looking closely at players named in a 23-man squad to somehow trim it back to the 19 he will send to the QRL State Carnival on the weekend June 2-4.

Ipswich Jets v Logan Brothers at North Ipswich Reserve – Saturday 1.15pm

The Ipswich Jets host Logan Brothers and come into this game having had the bye last weekend. They will be keen to play some footy after sitting out Round 8 and their opponent will be just as to hit the paddock after they produced one of their best against the high-flying Seagulls at Civic Park last week, going down in a thriller 20-14.  

Coach Steve Bretherton has the squad that can take the points against any side, provided they play to their potential for 80 minutes. Jets boss Mark Bishop is in the same boat with his fleet. Both sides need a win to stay in touch with the Top 5.

Valleys Diehards v Easts Tigers Emerson Park – Saturday 3pm
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Valleys are coming off a heavy defeat at the hands of last year’s premiers Redcliffe. Don Gailer’s men responded to his halftime chat to put a better 40 minutes out on the park than the first.  

Tigers coach Dave Krause gave his side the right message at half time. Easts also were shell-shocked from the opening half of their clash with the Panthers at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park. However, the home side completed an outrageous comeback on the back of Brandon Downey’s four-try effort to bank the two competition points in the 78th minute. The Tigers have now posted 98 points in their last two fixtures, but a soggy track awaits both sides at Emerson Park so points will be hard to come by.

Redcliffe Dolphins v West Brisbane Panthers Dolphin Oval on Sunday 12.15pm
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The Redcliffe Dolphins at the moment are the form side of the In Safe Hands Cup. They flew out of the boxes against a very good Valley’s side last week and Poinsettias coach Craig Rogers has named 11 Redcliffe players in his squad.

Coach Daniel Green broke his pregame interview hoodoo with a near perfect first half at home last Saturday night and then held off the Valleys reply in the second stanza. Redcliffe have an outstanding backline and if allowed to run free, will rack up another win. The Panthers need to find the form they had in the first five rounds in this Top 3 dog fight on Sunday afternoon at Redcliffe. Wests will have to do it without playmaker Ollie Olds who has a season-ending knee injury. Howver coach Wayne Weekes has former Dolphin Ash Harawira in his side to extract some Phin knowledge.

Wynnum Manly have the Bye.

IN SAFE HANDS CUP – Round 9 teams                  

Ipswich Jets v Logan Brothers at North Ipswich Reserve, Saturday 20 May 1.15pm

Ipswich Jets
1. Ono So’Oialo 2. Bearnard Mosby 3. Brendan Marshal 4. Isimeeli Hafoka 5. Finecallum Faingaa 6. Chastyn Bowen 7. Jayden Connors   8. Liam Sue-Tin 9. Peter Whittaker 10. Max Fesolia 11. Hugh Sedger 12. Isaac Crichton 13. Denzl King 14. Wayd Nibbs 15. Landon Hayes 16. Dylan Martin 17. Rendy Mam

Coach: Mark Bishop

Logan Brothers
1. Steve Tolo 2. Mitch Hallinan 3. Nick Doyle 4. Chris Taulangi 5. Evander Cummins 6. Cameron Boga 7. LJ Waddups 8. Reece Summer 9. Brad Frith 10. Rhys Melville 11. Darcy Sims 12. Ty Etimani 13. Grayson Putu 14. Jye Boyd 15. Ambrose Fenn 16. Ben Faulkner 17. Otu Talakai

Coach: Steven Bretherton

Valleys Diehards v Easts Tigers at Emerson Park Saturday, May 20 - 3pm
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Valleys Diehards
1.Trae Clark 2. Stacey Everitt 3. Rowan Klein 4. Matt Paulo 5. Andrew Lancaster 6. Aaron Clode 7. Joe Bond 8. Travis Peeters 9. Chris Aiton 10. Mattias Hemuli 11. Liam Herrington 12. Paul Ivan 13. Tristan Lumley 14. Joe Mckenna 15. Ryley Kajewski 16. Rajan Opetaia-Halls 17. Jacob Kelly  

Coach: Don Gailer

Easts Tigers
1. Gerard McCallum 2. Michael Pouhila 3. Adrian Henley 4. Jack Creith 5. Jarrod McInally 6. Matt Richards 7. James Salter 8. Gene Ropoama 9. Chris Ostwald 10. Anton Iaria 11. Michael Egan 12. Kevin Bell 13. Brandon George 14. Andrew Thompson 15. Matt Pitman 17, Jack Schaffer 19. Mele Seve 

Coach: David Krause

Redcliffe Dolphins v West Brisbane Panthers at Dolphin Oval Sunday 21 May 12.15pm

Redcliffe Dolphins
1.Kyle Van Klaveren 2. Shaun Rees 3. Sonny Munroe 4. Joe Bradley 5. Curtis Johnston 6. Mitch Wilson 7. Zach Strasser 8. Nathan Watts 9. Hugh Pratt 10. Agassi Stowers 11. Jaz Nahu Main 12. Nick Ritter 13. Johnnie Fox 14. Sam Leach 15. Samson Graham 16. Elliott Thompson 17. Danny Bridge 

Coach: Daniel Green

West Brisbane Panthers
1. Jake Dornan 2. Adam Wickins 3. Michael Pearsall 4. Kennedy Pettyborne 5. Paul Uhlburg 6. Kane Zalewski 7. Shaun Tupou 8. Josh Afoa 9. Kalolo Saituia 10. Erik Koelbel 11. Ashley Harawira 12. James Sharkie 13. Troy Swift 14. Jarrod Blanke 15.  Jake Kelly 16. Ryan Dornan 17. TBA 

Coach: Wayne Weekes

Wynnum Manly – bye