Black­hawks pro­vide ex- Bronco with new di­rec­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JA­COB GRAMS ROHAN O’NEIL

FOR­MER Bris­bane Bron­cos for­ward Fran­cis Molo will make his de­but for the Townsville Black­hawks this week in their clash with re­gional ri­vals the Cairns Pride.

A re­turn to foot­ball will be a wel­come dis­trac­tion for Molo, who last week was in­volved in a Bris­bane Coro­ners Court in­quest sur­round­ing his in­volve­ment in a fa­tal tackle on Sun­shine Coast player James Ack­er­man

Molo has played the ma­jor­ity of the sea­son for the Norths Devils but joined the Black­hawks on the eve of the June 30 trans­fer win­dow as he chases a fresh start at the Cow­boys feeder club.

The in­clu­sion of the 22year- old in place of Kieran Quabba is the only change to the Townsville Black­hawks side that took down Norths a fort­night ago.

Af­ter last week’s bye, the Black­hawks will surge into Satur­day’s night fix­ture at Jack Man­ski Oval well rested and chas­ing a fourth straight win.

Things have been much tougher for the North­ern Pride in re­cent weeks, with the Cairns- based club fall­ing to their sev­enth straight de­feat last round.

The club trav­els south hop­ing to break through for their first win against the Black­hawks, but will need to im­prove dras­ti­cally on their last start 30- 14 loss to the Devils.

Coach Ty Wil­liams said 35 missed tack­les was the most alarm­ing statis­tic of the week­end, although the Pride did not earn the right to at­tack ei­ther.

“The re­al­i­sa­tion is that if you dish up that per­for­mance at that level, you’re go­ing to get into trou­ble,” he said.

Kienan Gro­gan- Hayes has re­tained his place at full­back for the Pride de­spite a few han­dling er­rors against the Devils. Wil­liams said it was some­thing you had to ex­pect for such a young player still learn­ing the ropes.

“He’ll just brush it off his shoul­der,” Wil­liams said.

“Ob­vi­ously the cou­ple of er­rors he did make, that’s part and par­cel with a 19- year- old.

“He had four er­rors but he still clocked up 200 me­tres, fairly handy for a 19- year- old kid so I’m im­pressed with him.

“I’m happy where he’s headed.

“We just need to keep a level head on him now.”

Jared Allen will play in the halves if fit, while Gideon Gela- Mosby has been named on an ex­tended bench, which could leave Shawn Bowen as

Yes­ter­day’s UBET div­i­dends

the un­lucky omis­sion if the Cow­boys re­lease the winger. Townsville Black­hawks 1. Car­lin An­der­son 2. Ty Carucci 3. Jor­dan Drew 4. Davin Cramp­ton 5. Jonathon Reuben 6. Kyle Lay­butt 7. Michael Parker- Wal­she 22. Oshae Tuiasau 9. An­thony Mitchell ( c) 10. Sione Lousi 11. Blake Leary 12. An­drew Niemoeller 13. Jor­dan Ken­wor­thy 14. Kier­ran Mose­ley 15. Fran­cis Molo 16. Ross Bella 17. Te­mone Power North­ern Pride 1. Kienan Gro­gan- Hayes 2. Shawn Bowen 3. Javid Bowen 4. Bradley Stephen 5. Mar­cus Jensen 6. Jor­dan Biondi- Odo 7. Ryan Ghi­etti ( c) 8. Shel­don Powe- Hobbs 9. Con­nor Jones 10. Dar­ryn Schonig 11. Nathan Wales 12. Gra­ham Clark 13. Pa­trick Mago 15. Troy Ka­pea 14. Colin Wilkie 16. Tom Han­cock 17. Kee­lan White 18. Gideon Gela- Mosby 19. Jared Allen

LATE RE­CRUIT: Fran­cis Molo ( right) will de­but for the Townsville Black­hawks this week­end.

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