Black­hawks prize Feldt

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMP­SON

COW­BOYS cen­tre Kyle Feldt ( pic­tured) will re­turn for the Townsville Black­hawks to­day as they pre­pare to face a Burleigh Bears out­fit play­ing to re­store its rep­u­ta­tion.

Burleigh suf­fered the hu­mil­i­a­tion of a 78- 6 loss against the Black­hawks at Jack Man­ski Oval in Round 9 – the big­gest of this year’s In­trust Su­per Cup sea­son – but have since won four of their past six games. To­day’s clash will also be the first time Townsville takes the field since the tragic death of Sun­shine Coast Fal­cons player James Ackerman, who died last week fol­low­ing a tackle gone wrong. The Fal­cons can­celled their game against the Black­hawks last week­end in the af­ter­math of Ackerman’s pass­ing, al­low­ing both teams time to come to terms with the tragedy.

“Ob­vi­ously, it was a bit of a shock to ev­ery­one and the boys thought a lot about things,” said Black­hawks coach Kris­tian Woolf, whose team was awarded the two co m p e t i t i o n points this week.

“We just had to move on and deal with it the best we could.

“It’s great

to

have

Kyle ( Feldt) back and he made a solid re­cov­ery from that bi­cep in­jury, so we’ve got a pretty strong team.”

The

Black- hawks will start to­day’s come­back game at Pizzey Park as favourites but Woolf ex­pects no re­peat of their Round 9 pushover.

As a feeder club for the

G o l d Coast Ti­tans, Burleigh could have a num­ber of NRL play­ers in its ranks to­mor­row with the Ti­tans join­ing sev­eral other NRL clubs in hav­ing a bye this week­end.

“That ( Round 9) re­sult was prob­a­bly the wake- up call they needed,” Woolf said.

“Since then, they’ve scored some re­ally good re­sults and they got a win against Wyn­num at Wyn­num and that’s con­sid­ered to be one of the tough­est venues in the com­pe­ti­tion for vis­it­ing teams.”

Black­hawks reg­u­lar and Cow­boys al­lo­cated play­maker Robert Lui will play his fourth NRL game to­day, mean­ing Michael Parker- Wal­she and Tom Hum­ble will again part­ner each other in the halves.

Kelepi Tangi­noa will start in the sec­ond row in place of fel­low Cow­boys player Glenn Hall, who has been named 18th man for North Queens­land’s game against St Ge­orge Illawarra and Noel Un­der­wood re­turns to the bench af­ter fill­ing in at cen­tre for Feldt. The clash will hold spe­cial value for cap­tain Daniel Beasley, who plays his 50th ISC game to­day.

“Daniel has led from the front off the field in help­ing to de­velop a train­ing ethic and club cul­ture that will lay the foun­da­tions for long- term suc­cess at the Black­hawks,” Woolf said.

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