LAST CHANCE: Ipswich Rangers head to Everton Park, while Springfield travel to Caboolture and Goodna return home.
LAST CHANCE: Ipswich Rangers head to Everton Park, while Springfield travel to Caboolture and Goodna return home. Rob Williams

Competition heavyweights go toe-to-toe in final decisive round

THIS weekend is the final test Springfield Hawks coach Jeremy Clark has been waiting all year for.

The undefeated Hawks will enter the snake pit of the Caboolture Snakes in the 16th and final round of the Barber Cup competition on Saturday. Clark expects it could define their season.

"We've passed all the other tests this year,” Clark said. "We just need one more tick and then get ready for the finals. It is going to be a good test but we've just got to perform on the day.

"We've got a few injuries so hopefully we can get everyone fit for the weekend.”

Despite both clubs dominating this year, this weekend will be the first time Caboolture and Springfield come face-to-face. The Snakes have only lost one game this year, and have managed to match the Hawks impressive for-and-against record. With 843 attacking points to Springfield's 831, and 133 points conceded to the Hawks 134, the two sides are extremely evenly matched.

With the home ground advantage, Clark believes the Snakes will try to strike hard.

"It just goes to show how close this game will be,” he said. "They have the better for-and-against so we know it's going to be tough. Our Pegg need the win as well to make a push for minor premiers so it will be a big day for both grades.”

Dual Gladiators

GOODNA host the only Ipswich home game of the suburban rugby union final round on Saturday.

Just short of a finals berth in the Pegg Cup, the Gladiators have guaranteed themselves an appearance in the Barber Cup final series.

Up against Wynnum this weekend, a win would likely see Goodna replay the Bugs in the first semi final game of the top grade competition.

With both grades in action at Evan Marginson Oval, the Gladiators have an opportunity to gain a psychological advantage heading into the second contest at Ballymore next weekend.

Rangers last shot

IPSWICH have just the one game left for the year as their Reserve grade sit out the last round with a bye.

The Rangers have missed their chance at playing finals football this year but have one last shot at victory against Everton Park on Saturday. The Roosters have managed just one more win than Ipswich and sit just one spot higher on the Barber Cup ladder, in eighth position.

Game day

Barber Cup (3pm, Saturday):

Goodna Gladiators v Wynnum Bugs at Evan Marginson Oval, Goodna.

Springfield Hawks v Caboolture Snakes at Kevin Kaeser Oval, Caboolture.

Ipswich Rangers v Everton Park Roosters at Horse Blake Oval, Everton Park.

Pegg Cup (1.40pm, Saturday):

Goodna Gladiators v Wynnum Bugs at Evan Marginson Oval, Goodna.

Springfield Hawks v Caboolture Snakes at Kevin Kaeser Oval, Caboolture.

Ipswich Rangers bye.