Knock­ing on a new era’s door

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

TOWNSVILLE Black­hawks coach Kris­tian Woolf says the next chap­ter of Fran­cis Molo’s ca­reer be­gins tonight at Jack Man­ski Oval.

The for­mer Bris­bane Bron­cos for­ward plays his first game with the Black­hawks tonight against the North­ern Pride, a fort­night af­ter sign­ing with the Cow­boys feeder club on a mid- year trans­fer.

Molo ( pic­tured) is ea­ger to re­turn to play­ing foot­ball af­ter last week be­ing part of a Bris­bane Coro­ners Court in­quest sur­round­ing a fa­tal tackle on Sun­shine Coast player James Ack­er­man in 2015.

Molo has been named on the Black­hawks’ bench and will pro­vide ex­tra depth to the team’s front- row stocks, which are start­ing to reach full strength af­ter be­ing plagued by in­jury for the first half of the year.

“The thing I see in Frank is a bloke who’s re­ally re­freshed again,” Woolf said.

“A change of environment can make you un­com­fort­able but it can also bring out the best in you. He ob­vi­ously didn’t play a lot of first grade there ( in Bris­bane), par­tic­u­larly in the last 12 months, and you can be­come a lit­tle bit stale.

“But from ev­ery­thing I see in Frank, I think this has been a real in­vig­o­rat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for him com­ing up here. I’m re­ally ex­cited about his po­ten­tial.”

Woolf said the Black­hawks’ play­ing group had wel­comed Molo with open arms.

“He’s been ac­cepted re­ally well and I knew he would be. I’ve known him for a few years and I knew he was a char­ac­ter who would fit in re­ally well here,” he said. “Ev­ery­one we sign in our squad are good blokes. We don’t sign them if they’re not.

“They re­alise we’ve had a cou­ple of blokes leave the squad for dif­fer­ent rea­sons, and we’ve been short on num­bers.

“You want blokes bat­tling for spots and they’re more likely to play their best as well to keep spots.

“As it worked out Kier­ran Quabba and ex­cited has been in­jured so he ( Molo) didn’t take the spot of any­one who was in the side al­ready, but Kier­ran will be back in a week or two and com­pe­ti­tion will re­ally heat up again.”

In­spi­ra­tional Black­hawks for­ward Daniel Beasley is also near­ing a re­turn af­ter nar­rowly fail­ing late fit­ness tests on an in­jured ham­string.

The Black­hawks will win the newlook Foley Shield tonight by beat­ing the Pride, who have lost their past seven games, but with a side fea­tur­ing Cow­boys al­lo­ca­tions Javid Bowen and Gideon Gela- Mosby, Woolf said the Pride would be treated with re­spect.

“It’s a lo­cal derby and it tends to bring out the best in both teams,” he said.

“The most im­por­tant thing is that we need to get two com­pe­ti­tion points, be­cause we’re in a po­si­tion where we can play fi­nals footy and it’s all in our hands. “This week­end’s a step to­wards that. “The Pride tend to see a fair bit from the Cow­boys in terms of al­lo­ca­tions, and this week I think they’ve got four who are re­ally tal­ented play­ers.”

Tonight’s kick- off is 6pm.

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