Woolf waits on two charges
THE Townsville Blackhawks will today decide whether to fight the grade one charges handed out to Sione Lousi and Jonathon Reuben.
The pair were slapped with charges in the wake of last weekend’s 22- 20 loss to Ipswich in Winton, with Lousi put on report for a second- half shoulder charge and Rueben a dangerous throw.
Reuben will not miss any matches should he take an early guilty plea, but Lousi – who will miss one game with a guilty plea – could miss up to two games if he goes to the judiciary.
“We haven’t decided on anything just yet, we need to have a really good look at it,” Blackhawks coach Kristian Woolf said.
“They’re grade one charges so they’re fairly minimal, but we want to make sure we’re not accepting something that’s not a charge.”
Rueben took his Queensland Cup leading try tally to 24 in Winton, and Lousi was one of the Blackhawks’ best thanks to his strong carries.
Woolf has named the same 17 that played in Winton, with halfback Michael Parker- Walshe expected to miss another week because of a hamstring injury.
The Blackhawks again hit the road this weekend, this time to take on the Burleigh Bears.
Saturday’s game comes at a crucial time for the Blackhawks, who can lock in their finals spot with a win.
Fifth on the Q Cup ladder, the Blackhawks sit above Souths Logan ( 6th) and Ipswich ( 7th) who trail by two wins with five games remaining, although the Blackhawks hold a superior for and against record.
The Blackhawks’ run home begins with Burleigh, followed by the CQ Capras in Rockhampton and then their final home game against the PNG Hunters.
A bye follows before the last regular season game against the Sunshine Coast Falcons.
The Blackhawks suffered a shock 20- 18 loss to Burleigh in Round 7, part of a mid- season form slump culminating in the record 42- 4 loss to PNG.
The Blackhawks went on to win their next six games, only to have the streak broken by last weekend’s below- par performance.
“I was really disappointed with it, I thought we were really poor after watching the tape,” Woolf said.
“We’ll have to be much better because Burleigh have been in a good patch of form and they were solid in their ( 32- 26) win against the Sunshine Coast last week.
“It’s always a tough trip to Burleigh and it’s going to be their old boys day as well, so it’s another big test.”