Black­hawks out to shine un­der lights

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMP­SON

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.”

Adrian Thom­son.

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