Teenager Layne Fleming looks for support from Marlins team mates during last week’s match at Jardine Park.
Teenager Layne Fleming looks for support from Marlins team mates during last week’s match at Jardine Park. Sharyn Oneill

Play-offs battle heating up

IT IS probably too early to suggest tonight's match between the Capricorn Coast Marlins and Frenchville Brumbies at Jardine Park is a battle for the final spot for the final's play-offs.

The Rockhampton Leagues Club premiership is beginning to settle with Brothers, Colts and Bluebirds starting to put the pressure on other teams.

While still in the hunt, a loss for the Marlins or Brumbies will create a slight gap between the top and bottom four and makes it tough to jump back into contention.

If these two teams are on their game then tonight's battle will be one worth savouring.

Marlins coach Tanya Burnett certainly thinks so.

“They are a good side but last time we played them we got rained out with the score at 17 all,” she said.

The battle between Claws players Keanna Hopkins and Kira-lee Leo should be a highlight and Burnett knows as far as defenders go there are none better around Central Queensland than Hopkins of the Brumbies.

Overall Burnett is happy at the way the Marlins have turned things around after finishing bottom of the ladder last year.

One to shine this season is mid-court player Layne Fleming.

“She is playing absolutely brilliantly,” the coach said.

“Layne is only 16-years-old. It's getting over the mental thing of thinking she is not good enough to play in Rockhampton.”

While there are some good teams in the Coastal competition, Burnett said the Rocky top grade is of greater intensity as there are no bad teams.

For Burnett and her players the win tonight, while knowing it will be tough, is important as the Marlins goal for 2011 is a top four finish.

The other three games tonight should go to form with Brothers expected to beat Angels, despite the Titans showing improvement each week, Colts should be too strong for the Frenchville Mustangs and Bluebirds too experienced for RGS Magic.



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