Round one of Con­nell and Meninga Cups to­day in Ayr

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A TRIP to the Bur­dekin to­day will be worth the drive when Ayr Rugby Park hosts a feast of rugby l eague i nclud­ing games be­tween the re­gion’s finest up­com­ing tal­ent.

Ro u n d o n e o f t h e Cy r i l Con­nell and Mal Meninga Cups will fea­ture as well as a clash be­tween the North­ern Pride a nd host f i r s t - g r a d e t e a m Bur­dekin. The Pride will also play a game against Cen­trals be­fore the day is out.

Townsville, Cen­tral Comets, Mackay Cut­ters and North­ern Pride will each play two games in the un­der-16 Cyril Con­nell Cup round, while the same four teams do battle for two games a piece in the un­der-18s Mal Meninga Cup.

The Townsville Stingers will play away games at Bris­bane on March 12-13, Cairns March 26-27 and Mackay on April 9.

Townsville will host the fi­nal round of both com­pe­ti­tions at Jack Man­ski Oval on April 16.

Both Townsville teams went to the State fi­nals of the re­spec­tive com­pe­ti­tions in 2009, and the un­der-18 team went one bet­ter last year de­feat­ing Bris­bane North by two points in a tight Queens­land de­cider.

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