QRL brings game to the Beach

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

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