Cunningham in cruise control
As the key ninth round approaches the big hitters are well in their stride as early tournament favourites continue on unbeaten streaks.
Cunningham, 68-50, and Gateway, 73-55, picked up more points and drive towards a heavyweight showdown in Round 9.
Sunshine Coast stay third with a vital 77-47 victory over Gold Coast Tweed B, but Fraser Coast lost ground with a surprise loss to Condamine, 66-58.
Central Qld took care of Leichhardt 85-53 while wooden spooners elect, Burnett, lost to Brisbane 79-43, as the city team kept the pressure on the leading group.
Gold Coast Tweed A’s narrow win over Brisbane North, 57-56 will keep them top of the ladder as Bundaberg failed to make up the shot difference, beating a resilient Southern Downs 48-43.
Another close match saw lowly Downs outgun Mackay, 56-55, in an afternoon where drama was rife.
Tropical Far North Qld gained their first win in four through beating Caboololture, 72-63.
Maranoa/Warrego’s improvement hasn’t yet seen any marks in the point’s column, but 54-83 defeat to North West Queensland, may have seen their chance evaporate.
Men’s District Sides Round 8 results
Burnett 43 def by Brisbane 79
Condamine 66 def Fraser Coast 58
Port Curtis 55 def by Gateway 73
Central Qld 85 def Leichhardt 53
Sunshine Coast 77 def Gold Coast Tweed “B” 47
North Qld 50 def by Cunningham 68
Brisbane North 56 def by Gold Coast Tweed “A” 57
Caboolture 63 def by Tropical Far Nth Qld 72
Mackay 55 def by Downs 56
Bundaberg 48 def Southern Downs 43
North West Qld 83 def Maranoa/Warrego 54