QRL brings game to the Beach
AIRLIE Beach, Yarrabah and Woodford will all host Intrust Super Cup games for the first time this weekend as part of the QRL’s Intrust Super Cup’s Country Week Round.
Round 20 of the competition will be spread far and wide with matches scheduled for Toowoomba, Roma and the Gold Coast.
QRL chairman Peter Betros said the country week game at the Whitsunday Sports Park this Saturday would provide an enormous boost for the code in regional areas.
“We’re very proud to be able to take the Intrust Super Cup to Yarrabah, Woodford and the Whitsundays for the first time. For the code to remain strong and vibrant at the highest level, we need healthy local competitions,” Betros said.
“You only have to look at the backgrounds of a host of XXXX Queensland Maroons players to get a gauge on how important country rugby league is to our code.”
QRL media manager Michael Hillier said it’s great to take the competition to regional centres that have never hosted a game before.
“Mackay are playing some great football at the moment and they have a good shot at the premiership this year,” he said.
“A win on Saturday will keep them in the title race and it’s also a big game for Norths who need to win to keep their finals hopes alive.” The Cutters are coming off a draw with Burleigh Bears and will be keen to put on a strong performance for their Whitsundays fans on Saturday.
WRAPPED UP: Mackay Cutters Jardine Bobongie and Clint Greenshields wrap up Norths Tristan Lumley when the team's met in Mackay earlier this year.
COUNTRY CLASH: Cutters’ forward Tyson Martin takes on Norths’ Namica Davui during his team’s win over their southern rivals in April.