Mav­er­icks set to test Cy­clones

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

THE Townsville Cy­clones ex­pect to walk into a caul­dron to­day as the Mackay Mav­er­icks host their first game of the 2018- 19 North Queens­land Grid­iron League to­day.

Pos­sess­ing the only spe­cialised grid­iron field in the com­pe­ti­tion, the Mav­er­icks will brave the sum­mer sun when they tackle last year’s pre­miers the Cy­clones at the Mackay Wan­der­ers FC grounds.

Last year’s open­ing game in Mackay at­tracted about 1000 spec­ta­tors and the Cy­clones hope to repli­cate that sup­port this sea­son.

Up from nine- man teams to a full com­pli­ment of 11, the com­pe­ti­tion be­tween Townsville, Cairns and Mackay is run­ning NFL- cal­i­bre rules and Mav­er­icks quar­ter­back Matt Camil­leri said that alone was ev­i­dence the sport was grow­ing.

“We’re not play­ing a nov­elty ver­sion of the sport, we’re play­ing a 100 per cent, the real deal – so this is good step for us all,” he said.

The Mav­er­icks were last year’s sur­prise pack­ets and beat Townsville in their in­au­gu­ral home game, de­fy­ing ex­pec­ta­tions that they would strug­gle in their open­ing sea­son.

Cairns have the Round 2 bye af­ter fall­ing to Townsville last week­end at Bin­dal Sports Ground.

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