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.

FRIENDLY RI­VALRY: Western Lions sup­porter Stephen Griggs and his son Damien, who backs the Bur­dekin Roosters, with the tro­phy the two clubs will play for from to­day. Pic­ture: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

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