Round one of Connell and Meninga Cups today in Ayr
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.