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By RACHAEL BORICH
SOUTHSIDE United's players have been handed a night off training as they prepare for one last shot at qualifying for the Capricornia Soccer League 2005 finals this weekend.
It has come down to one last round with three teams vying for the last two places in the first division finals.
In Saturday's final round Southside face a must-win game over Parkana, Clinton need to beat Frenchville and Nerimbera Brothers need maximum points over BITS.
Despite the pressure situation Southside coach Will Burns has given his players tomorrow night off training to rest some niggling injuries.
Goalkeeper Paul Vann is playing with a groin injury while Jamie Malcolmson is battling a back injury.
Burns is confident his team can defeat Parkana, but is watchful of a team that is playing for pride in the final round.
"It's been a good competition this year,'' he said. Southside will field a near full strength team this weekend with the Jasperson brothers, Aaron and Peter, returning to the squad while Blair Grice returns from suspension.
The Southside team kept their finals hopes alive at Jardine Park on Saturday night with a 4-1 win over BITS.
Southside was leading 3-1 at half-time, but BITS had their fair share of scoring chances.
One team out of finals contention is Bluebirds United, but that did not stop them from scoring a 1-0 win over CQU Berserker at Elizabeth Park on Saturday.
A Neil Rattenbury goal in the dying minutes gave Bluebirds their first win, in first division, over CQU Berserker since 1996.
Final round (August 13) ? Bluebirds United v CQU Berserker, Frenchville v Clinton, Nerimbera Brothers v BITS, Southside United v Parkana, Cap Coast v Central