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Townsville Bulletin - - GO COWBOYS -

THE Townsville Black­hawks never doubted for a sec­ond that their de­but In­trust Su­per Cup sea­son would be a hard ride.

Still in top place fol­low­ing their bril­liant sea­son start, the Black­hawks got a stern re­minder against the Easts Tigers that op­po­si­tion teams will not lie down come fi­nals football.

Fired up and with a clear mis­sion to get in the Black­hawks’ faces, the Tigers suc­cess­fully rat­tled them enough to surge to a sur­prise lead and main­tain the rage all game, cul­mi­nat­ing in a 40- all draw they grabbed at the death with a late try.

There were plenty of bright spots for the Black­hawks though, with Michael Parker- Wal­she again pulling the strings at half­back and scor­ing three tries, and their edges again turned on the magic with a hand­ful of eye- catch­ing tries, in­clud­ing a su­perb side­line ef­fort from Kyle Feldt.

Most promis­ing of all was the Black­hawks’ abil­ity to over­come a 12- point deficit to lead 40- 34, only for for­tu­nate cir­cum­stances to hand Easts their equaliser.

Black­hawks for­wards An­thony Mitchell, Daniel Beasley and Chris McLean had big games af­ter Neville Costi­gan and Ricky Thorby were side­lined with con­cus­sion.

“Mitchell was one of our best and Dan Beasley did a great job to play over 70 min­utes,” Black­hawks coach Kris­tian Woolf said. “Chris McLean also had a very solid game, so those three did well to step up for us when we needed them, too.”

Black­hawks util­ity Tom Hum­ble has ex­pe­ri­enced his fair share of top- tier rugby league sea­sons, both NRL and re­serve grade, and ad­mits the go­ing is get­ting tough. “This time of the sea­son, it’s been a long year so far and there’s still a bit to go, so the boys are just in a grind now, and get­ting up week- in, week- out is pretty tough,” he said re­cently.

The Black­hawks have a bye this week­end be­fore start­ing their run home with games against Tweeds Heads, Ip­swich, Sun­shine Coast and Red­cliffe.

* The Black­hawks played their Round 20 match against the PNG Hun­ters in Kokopo on Satur­day af­ter this pub­li­ca­tion went to print.

ON SONG: Kyle Feldt

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