BIG STAGE FOR PAYNE CUP

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

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.

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

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.

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