Knocking on a new era’s door
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.