BIG STAGE FOR PAYNE CUP
March. “Kirwan and Iggy Park games are always big for the boys, but to play before an NRL game at 1300SMILES Stadium just takes it to another level,” Kirwan coach Dave Ackers said. “We’re a different team to the last time we played Iggy and they’ve improved with every game.
“But we’re also fully aware Iggy Park have improved as well, so I think it will come down to the team that does the little things right.”
Spectators have every reason to expect they will be watching some future NRL stars in action, with Kirwan and Ignatius Park producing notable alumni.
Ignatius Park had former students Michael Morgan ( Cowboys) and Aidan Guerra ( Roosters) play in this year’s State of Origin series, joining Kirwan graduates Sam Thaiday ( Broncos) and Jacob Lillyman ( Warriors) in the same victorious Queensland side. Ignatius Park will go into the game having lost the decider of this year’s Confraternity Carnival – a prestigious statewide tournament for catholic and independent schools.
“We can’t get that loss back, but winning this game will go same way to making amends for it,” Iggy Park coach Matt Rowan said.
“Kirwan are obviously a bit bigger than us, but if we can control them in the forwards then I’m confident we can get the job done.”
Kick- off for Monday’s game is 3.05pm.
BIG MATCH: Ignatius Park’s Jacob Bourke, 17, and Kirwan High’s Marshall Hudson, 17, will play at 1300SMILES Stadium prior to the Cowboys and Eels game on Monday.