Tough slog forecast in fitting end to gridiron season
THE ‘‘ Swamp Bowl’’ will never have been more aptly named than when the Townsville Gridiron Championship goes on the line today.
While other sports around the region have had to be cancelled due to the heavy rains, the American Football decider will proceed as scheduled.
It leaves the Tornadoes and the Typhoons to battle it out in wet, muddy and heavy conditions at Corcoran Park.
They’re playing for the inaugural Swamp Bowl, as the 2011 season marked the return of a gridiron competition to the city.
‘‘ The name will definitely live up to the Swamp Bowl, it will be a swamp,’’ Tornadoes captain and quarterback Daniel White said.
The teams played twice during the regular season, splitting hard-fought victories one apiece.
But never before have they met in conditions like those expected today.
White said a slightly more conservative approach in attack would be essential.
‘‘ We’re a pretty balanced team, we like to pass as much as we do run, but obviously passing becomes a lot harder in a game like this where ball control is paramount,’’ he said.
‘‘ But to completely eliminate passing would make it a lot easier for the defence so we’ve just got to go out and see how we go.’’
White pinpointed Typhoons captain Kevin Ryan, who plays quarterback and linebacker, as the key man for the Tornadoes to shut down in their quest for glory. Kick-off is 3pm.
READY TO GO: Captains Daniel White of the Tornadoes ( left) and Kevin Ryan of the Typhoons square off