Black­hawks welcome back half for Tigers

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

THE loss of one key player will be com­pen­sated for with the re­turn of another as the Townsville Black­hawks brace for another test of their premier­ship met­tle this week­end.

Sec­ond rower Rhyse Martin is set to miss up to four weeks af­ter suf­fer­ing an an­kle strain in Satur­day’s 50- 6 win over North Devils, although full­back Jahrome Hughes – who had also suf­fered an an­kle strain – could be avail­able for Sun­day’s clash against the fifth- placed Easts Tigers.

Another boost for Townsville is the re­turn Michael Parker- Wal­she from a corked knee, with his nam­ing in the halves along­side Tom Hum­ble.

“Jahrome’s not over the line yet, but we’re hope­ful he’ll be right,” Black­hawks coach Kris­tian Woolf said.

“Hav­ing Michael ( Park­erWal­she) back will be a boost for the boys, es­pe­cially on the left edge.”

The Black­hawks are un­cer­tain of hav­ing the ser­vices of Cowboys– al­lo­cated play­ers Robert Lui, Glenn Hall and Ray Thompson, who were yesterday not named in the Cowboys team to play Manly.

“If we want to be there at the end of the sea­son and play­ing for keeps … then we cer­tainly have to be able to beat these teams, and we’re look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge,” Woolf said.

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