Thursday, February 16, 2017
There will be a bright glow coming from Jack Manski Oval this Friday night, with an awesome display of current and future rugby league stars taking the field, from the Mendi Blackhawks ISC team and the North Queensland Toyota Combined Cowboys, in the final trial game of 2017.
Blackhawks coach Kristian Woolf has named a 21 man team for this week but is also using the game to finalise his team for round 1 in the Intrust Super Cup.
“I’m looking forward to a high quality game and will be watching our players lift to the intensity and pace against the Cowboys.”
“We have trimmed our numbers down a little bit this week, as we move closer to the regular season, but there are still plenty of positions up for grabs,” Woolf said.
“The younger forwards were particularly impressive last weekend, so this trial game will be important to them as unfortunately we can’t fit them all into one side.”
North Queensland Cowboys U20’s coach Aaron Payne has named a 19 man squad combined with NRL and Under 20’s players including young stars Kayln Ponga, Gideon Gela-Mosby and Enari Tuala.
“This trial game will be a great test for our younger players,” Payne said.
“We really want to work on our match fitness and build on our combinations.”
The first game kicks off at 5.30pm tomorrow at Jack Manski Oval, when a combined Blackhawks ISC/U20’s take on the Western Lions followed by the Mendi Blackhawks V Cowboys Combined at 7pm. Tickets are on sale now at Brothers Townsville reception. Adults are only $5, concession $3 and under 15 is free.
Towsnville Mendi Blackhawks
COACH: Kristian Woolf
Cowboys NRL/U20’s Combined Team
Kalyn Ponga, Gideon Gela-Mosby, Enari Tuala, Javid Bowen, Nathan Traill, Mitch Dunn, Jake Clifford, Ben Spina, Calum Gahan, Braden Uele, Hiale Roycroft, Cody Maughan, Corey Horsburgh, Bacho Salam, Ryan Lloyd, Sam Murphy, Kaleb Fuimaono, Emry Pere, Jack Lote COACH: Aaron Payne
Towsnville Mendi Blackhawks V Western Lions TRIAL
5.30pm Jack Manski Oval
Western Lions Team TBA
Thu 16 February 2017