Teams step up to grab finals berth
THE race to the finals is on as Football Stanthorpe enters its third and final round of the season this weekend.
United is leading in the men's, women's and senior colts' division, while Inter is out in front for the junior colts.
Further down the ladder, however, there are some close contests as teams jostle for a spot in the top four.
In the A-grade competition, Warwick, Ballandean and Carlton join the Redbacks at the top, with City only one point behind.
Inter has proved they can mix it with the best, but look to have left their finals run too late.
In a season where every men's side has stepped up its game, Football Stanthorpe president Ian Dopson said it would be disappointing to miss the finals cut.
"We're very appreciative for the fact Warwick have come in," he said.
"They set the bar at the start of the season and everyone's had to lift their game."
Meanwhile, Dopson warned Tenterfield could have United's measure in the women's league.
"United is leading, but if Tenterfield can get a full team on the park they'll cause some trouble," he said.
In the senior colts, Dopson is backing City and a classy Warwick outfit to step up and challenge the undefeated United.
He also cautioned not to underestimate a patient Ballandean side that has been strong all year.
Inter has dominated the junior colts' division all season, but it is the lower end of the table that will see a fierce competition as Carlton and City try to fight their way off the bottom of the table.
"Either Carlton or City will be very unlucky to miss finals," Dopson said.
"Inter's a step above everyone else, with Ballandean closest."