DREW DR AWS HIGH DE­FENCE MARKS

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMP­SON michael. thomp­son@ news. com. au

HE may not have gone on a scor­ing spree, but Townsville Black­hawks coach Kris­tian Woolf says Jor­dan Drew has proved his worth as a Queens­land Cup stand­out.

Drew, who was signed to the Black­hawks from Cronulla be­fore the mid- sea­son trans­fer dead­line, re­ceived lav­ish praise from Woolf in the wake of the Black­hawks’ grind­ing 12- 6 win over North Dev­ils last week­end af­ter con­tain­ing for­mer Black­hawks cen­tre Delouise Hoeter.

Hoeter parted ways with the Black­hawks at the end of last sea­son and was clearly on a mis­sion against his old team on Sun­day, which Woolf was ex­pect­ing.

But Woolf had full faith in Drew to rise to the oc­ca­sion and Drew didn’t let Woolf down as he dented Hoeter’s first visit to Jack Man­ski Oval as an op­po­si­tion player.

“A bloke that stands out straight away for me is Jor­dan Drew, I thought he did a ter­rific job,” Woolf said.

“Delouise is a good cen­tre and he’s been the Queens­land Res­i­dents cen­tre this year and he’s with a lot of con­fi­dence.

“He played with a lot of en­ergy and he would have come up here with a point to prove, as do all play­ers who come back up here.

“I thought Jor­dan did a great job of shut­ting him down and he gave Delouise no op­por­tu­nity at all.

“De­fen­sively he was strong and he had a few re­ally strong car­ries with the ball as well.”

Drew is one of two for­mer NRL play­ers signed by the Black­hawks be­fore the June 30 dead­line, with for­mer Bron­cos and Bris­bane Norths for­ward Fran­cis Molo join­ing the Black­hawks late last week. play­ing

Norths coach Mark Glid­don be­lieves Molo will make the most of his move to Townsville.

“He’s a re­ally lovely fella Fran­cis and I hope he gets his op­por­tu­nity up here at the Cow­boys,” he said.

“Greeny might give him a chance be­cause he’s been ter­rific for us this year and it’s prob­a­bly the best shape he’s been in.

“As we all know he’s had a few things go­ing on in his life for dif­fer­ent rea­sons.”

The Black­hawks get their first bye of the sea­son this week­end and could en­ter the Q Cup’s top four if the Mackay Cut­ters beat Easts Tigers on Satur­day.

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