Tough slog fore­cast in fit­ting end to gridiron sea­son

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd - by Antony Ste­wart antony. ste­wart@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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

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