Top teams clash for first trophy of the season

SILVERWARE HUNT: Gunners second-division’s Sitha Mead training ahead of their President’s Cup game against the Wests.
SILVERWARE HUNT: Gunners second-division’s Sitha Mead training ahead of their President’s Cup game against the Wests. Keagan Elder

SIX rounds into the South Burnett football season, the table leaders are already eyeing off their first piece of silverware, the President's Cup.

Chairman of senior football Mick North said the President's Cup was a vital part of the senior league as it pitted the top two teams in each division after two full rounds against each other.

While the competition has been dominated by the Nanango Panthers for the last three years, North said Kingaroy had a good chance to win it back, with Wests playing in all three divisions and Gunners in the second division.

"I think the games will go down to the wire," he said.

Division-one Wests' captain Thomas Carroll agreed the match against the Panthers would be close.

But since the Panthers have gone undefeated in the season, Carroll said the Wests would have to step up their game.

"Nanango have dominated everything for the last three years so it's time there was a change in guard," he said.

"We cannot give them the time to do what they do best (charge forward).

"But I wouldn't like to hedge a bet on who will win."

With a draw and a loss against the Wests, second-division Gunners' captain Jordane Saunders is keen to amend his team's performance against their cross-town rivals.

"It'll be a tough game, but it is something that we're used to," he said.

Women's Panthers' coach Cassie Kelly said she hoped to have a back-to-back win in the President's Cup against their "friendly" rivals the Wests.

With a full-strength side predicted to make the field, Kelly said she was confident in her team's ability.

President's Cup

  • Second-division Wests v Gunners 1pm
  • Women's-division Panthers v Wests 3pm
  • First-division Wests v Panthers 5pm

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