Satur­day date for CDRL grand fi­nal

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE Cairns District Rugby League draw has un­der­gone its big­gest re­vamp in years, fea­tur­ing a Satur­day grand fi­nal and a re­duc­tion in Sun­day fix­tures.

Pre­miers In­n­is­fail will kick off their cam­paign against Ivan­hoes, the team they edged in the epic 2015 de­cider, at Cal­len­dar Park on April 2.

Ri­vals Brothers and Kan­ga­roos square off at Vico Oval on the Sun­day, each foun­da­tion club with a point to prove.

With the North­ern Pride to play more Sun­day fix­tures this In­trust Su­per Cup sea­son, the CDRL has shifted more games to Satur­days, fall­ing in line with the re­quests of play­ers via the CDRL Play­ers’ Poll.

Rounds 2, 12 and 14 won’t in­clude a sin­gle Sun­day match, while nine oth­ers will have one game on that day of the week.

The grand fi­nal will be played on Satur­day, Septem­ber 24, the first time in re­cent mem­ory it has moved from a Sun­day.

It also falls into line with the wishes of Queens­land Rugby League, given the ISC de­cider will be played in Bris­bane on the Sun­day.

The sea­son starts about a fort­night later than usual due to Easter, and will in­clude a his­toric Ri­valry Round dou­ble­header at Jones Park.

South­ern Sub­urbs will face Kan­ga­roos and Brothers tackle Ivan­hoes on a Men of League week­end of games on Satur­day, June 18.

That same week­end, Yarrabah will hold a twi­light match against Moss­man/Port Dou­glas to ac­com­mo­date the Pride’s Sun­day sched­ule.

Ather­ton will put their feet up on the week­end of July 3, when the NRL block­buster be­tween the Cow­boys and Rab­bitohs is played at Bar­low Park.

The move away from Sun­day fix­tures will put the squeeze on CDRL ref­eree num­bers, but the QRL could look at bring­ing up south­ern whistle­blow­ers to as­sist.

As usual, the draw, which started form­ing in Au­gust, proved a com­plex puz­zle for CDRL of­fi­cials given the plethora of rodeos and shows across the Far North in 2016.

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