The Gold Coast representative team was to play two curtain raiser matches at the Gabba in the undoubted highlight of the season for Coast football. On May 5 a match was played before the Queensland v New South Wales clash at the Gabba where 11 Southport players pulled on the Coast’s blue and gold (Peacock, McDonald, Penney, Dalgrin, Brown, Gray, Russell, Manuel, G. Radcliffe, Dalgleish, Sherring). In atrocious weather conditions Ipswich handled the ball better to reverse the previous year’s result. Southport players dominated the Gold Coast’s best players list. Ipswich 8.11.59 defeated Gold Coast 4.9.33 (Best: G. Radcliffe, Peacock, Brown, Gray, Howard, Derrick, Manuel) (Manuel 2, Dalgrin, Dalgleish). A Harold Peacock led Gold Coast team returned to the Gabba for a rematch on June 9. This match was a curtain raiser to the Queensland v Canberra interstate clash and played in front of a reported 10,000 fans. Southport representatives were: Peacock, Brown, Dalgrin, Russell, Penney, Dalgleish, G. Radcliffe, Manuel, Sherring, Davey, Minster, Thompson and L. Napper. Gold Coast squandered a 39 point three quarter time lead to go down by 2 points in a thrilling finish in front of the large Gabba crowd. Ipswich 12.12.84 defeated Gold Coast 11.16.82 (Best: McDonald, Dalgrin, Penney, Manuel, Thompson, Derrick, Dalgleish) (Dalgrin 4, Penney 3, Manuel 2, Nunn, Thompson) (Click here for match report).