BRING ON BATTLE OF BIG GUNS
THE AFL Townsville minor premiership could be decided as soon as this afternoon when Hermit Park and University face off in a blockbuster clash at Neil French Oval.
The two sides have been locked in a battle for top spot all season, with their only losses coming against each other, but their latest encounter could be the most important.
University ( 12- 1) currently holds first place ahead of Hermit Park ( 11- 2), but the Tigers have a far superior percentage which could put them in the box seat for the finals with a win today.
Hermit Park claimed a stunning 94point win over the Hawks in May, but University still have a 2- 1 record over their rivals this season.
The Hawks are also coming into today’s clash on a six- game winning streak. Leading goal- kicker Leroy Larson is expected to be back for the Tigers while Jarryd Graham will return for the Hawks after the pair turned for North Queensland last weekend.
The duo were part of the team that went down to South Queensland at Cazaly’s Oval in Cairns.
Meanwhile, the Curra Swans will be fired up for a strong performance against the Northern Beaches Suns at Muldoon Oval.
The Swans are yet to win a game this season as they struggle with player numbers, but a clash with the 3- 9 Suns could be their best chance to get on the board.
CRUCIAL CLASH: Hermit Park Tigers player Joel Sim looks for a way around the Curra Swans defence.