CLUBS BOND F OR FAMILY TROPHY
BLOOD ties between the Western Lions and Burdekin Roosters have been struck.
The Lions and Roosters will today play for the inaugural Griggs Haulage Contractors trophy in recognition of father- son sponsors Stephen and Damien Griggs.
Stephen and his wife Dot, who run their business out of Giru, have been long- time supporters of the Lions, while Damien – who has stayed in the family’s home region of the Burdekin – remains a Roosters man.
Most Townsville and Districts Rugby League clubs have forged rivalries and camaraderie with one another by creating trophy games, and Lions life member Brett Madsen hopes the TDRL’s latest trophy game is just as rewarding.
“It’s great for local footy that families like the Griggs keep clubs like ours moving along,” he said.
“Everyone likes to have a bit of silverware in the cabinet and both clubs will be keen to get their hands on it. “It creates a bit of extra rivalry, but it also creates a bit of a bond with the other club as well.” The sides played one of this season’s most thrilling games in Round 7 when Lions scored a late winner to beat Burdekin 22- 20 in Ayr.
The win kickstarted the Lions’ current seven- game winning streak, which continued last weekend with a 40- 34 win over defending premiers Herbert River.
Burdekin go into today’s game at the Sports Reserve from 5pm with a 28- 16 win over previous table toppers Brothers in Ayr, snapping a three- game losing run to stay fourth in the countdown to finals footy.
Just three more rounds of regular season games remain until finals.
“I think this game is a great way to recognise the amount of support the Griggs family have put into local league,” Burdekin coach Cameron Miller said.
“I’m sure it’s going to be one of the those games that will be good for spectators.”
In other games this weekend, Herbert River host Charters Towers today in Ingham at 6.30pm, and Brothers clash with University tomorrow at Jack Manski Oval from 3.30pm.