Blackhawks out to shine under lights
THE Townsville Blackhawks will play their inaugural regular season night game against the Northern Pride on Saturday.
Kick- off for the Queensland Cup game, which also acts as a decider of the revamped Foley Shield, is 6pm.
The Blackhawks recently had upgraded lights installed at their Jack Manski Oval home. They are almost three times brighter than the old lights, and now meet minimum requirements to hold night Q Cup matches.
Jack Manski Oval regularly hosts night- time local games and pre- season trials, but Blackhawks operations manager Adrian Thomson said players and spectators would get a better Q Cup experience thanks to the new lights.
“We were always a bit wor- ried about the standard of lighting, mostly for our spectators,” Thomson said.
“Now that it’s been upgraded we obviously want to use it. This will be our second last home game of the season, and our last home game is against the PNG Hunters ( August 12) and that will stay as an afternoon game.
“But we picked this game out as a suitable time to play under lights for the first time, and the Pride were happy to play at that time.” The Blackhawks had the bye last weekend and sit fifth on the Q Cup ladder after winning their past three games, while the Pride are out of finals contention in 13th after dropping their past seven.
The Blackhawks can also seal the Foley Shield if they win on Saturday, with the Blackhawks tied with Mackay.
“It’s going to be a big occasion,” Thomson said.
“We’ll have a presentation after the game and we’re inviting all our former shield players to come along again.
“We’ll be having a Men of League function in the Brothers Leagues Club as well from 4pm, and before that will be a second- tier GIO Schoolboys Cup game between Ignatius Park College and Kirwan State High School.
“It’s a big day of rugby league.”