Obee’s Preview TRL Round 5

Obee’s Preview TRL Round 5

After a break, teams do lose their momentum, especially on the training paddock. Players minds are elsewhere and coaches dread this time of the season, especially with another break next weekend due to the 47th Battalion tournament. Wattles, Warwick, Highfields and Gatton need wins this weekend to stay in touch with competition leaders Pittsworth and Dalby. Losses will hurt, even this early in the season.

Sunday (2.30pm) at Gilberts Oval  – Goondiwindi V Dalby

* Hutchies Match of the Day* Obee and Cookie call

The Obee and Cookie call travels to Goondiwindi for the David and Goliath battle. The bottom placed Goondiwindi take on Dalby who have had only 14 points scored against in three games.

Why are we going to call this game?   Goondiwindi are an integral part of the competition. If you are yet to travel to Goondiwindi, do yourself a favour and make the trip. You will be really impressed. They have awesome facilities and a great “viewing” complex. Plus the fact they are better than their results show. It will be a big ask against one of the form sides in the competition but I know they will give a good showing.

Goondiwindi are an integral part of the competition. If you are yet to travel to Goondiwindi, do yourself a favour and make the trip. You will be really impressed. They have awesome facilities and a great “viewing” complex. Plus the fact they are better than their results show.

Andrew O'Brien

Dalby, on the other hand, are in sparkling form beating some good sides. It is a dream start to the season for the Diehards and I expect them to win handsomely.

Saturday Night (6.30pm) at Platz Oval – Wattles V Highfields– Obee and Cookie Call

This Game is shaping up as a beauty. Highfields will be looking to avenge their only defeat last round against the Hawks whilst Wattles are still finding their feet in the competition. My spies tell me that t Matt Duggan trained well on Tuesday night and is half a chance of playing for the Warriors but watch this space!! Irrespective, I just can’t work Wattles out. Their form is hard to follow. They were thrashed by Dalby yet played well against Pittsworth and Souths. Let’s hope they are not branded a “one player team” as they still have quality in Green, Perkins etc. to be a force. If they are to stand up with or without Matt Duggan, this game is the time.

Highfields, whilst they performed well against the Hawks last week, their lapses were worse than the opposition. Losing Rahari Peeti is a huge loss for them both on and off the field. The Eagles lost Nick Bainbridge early in the second half and I don’t think the rest of his team mates realised how much they missed him. One thing his team mates didn’t do was stand up!!!!  Enough said!

Highfields in a close one! 

Saturday Night (6.30pm) at Cahill Park Sporting Complex – Gatton V Pittsworth

 Well we will see how good Pittsworth are in this game. Gatton V Pittsworth games are always close!  I expect the Danes to be firm favourites as they are the most consistent team in the comp in all facets especially mistake rate. They are probably playing one of the most inconsistent teams in the comp. But the Hawks did play well last start but Pittsworth are another level. A home crowd is an opportunity for the Hawks to put their stamp on the competition. They will need to be good right across the paddock if they are to beat the premiers. Their goal line defence was very good and Dennis Burgoyne deserved his call up to the Clydesdales side as a result of his game against the eagles.

This is a danger game for the Danes. They have started the season well with only Wattles any spirited competition. Dempsey and O’Sullivan are the key with Millar and York the two who keep the roll going. They will be relying on their big names to fire to get over the Hawks.

This should also be a ripper of a game! Danes by 4!

Sunday (2.30pm) at Father Ranger Oval – Warwick V Valleys

Two different teams from last season. Warwick and Valleys are at the stage were new combinations are settling down and forming a sound structure.  Cowboys Dylan Galloway will be the difference in this game, if he chimes in well from the back or centre, Warwick will go a long way to winning.

Gee I was impressed with young Valleys Hooker Nathan Bowering in his last start against the Hawks. His ability to keep his team on a roll was really impressive. The backup players, Stevens, Capewell and McGrady capitalized that day and I expect nothing different.

The Cowboys have some good second phase players themselves, Cantwell, Fuimaono and Bloomfield so this game will have everything.

I just think that Warwick has had players in key positions longer than Valleys so it’s Warwick by a whisker for me.

Sunday (2.30pm) at Glenholme Park  – Brothers V Oakey

It will be a brave Brothers coach to not have his A-Team on the park in this game. After a great win against Souths, it was only a couple of games ago were their depth in the club was exposed.

Oakey started badly against the Cowboys in their first game and had a bad case of stage fright. Warwick were good but Oakey can Improve as Cookie, Nutz and I saw some good periods of play from the Bears last round.

I’m still tipping Brothers as they need the win more than opposition at this stage of the competition..