Cutters too good for Norths
A HAT trick of tries to former Canberra Raiders winger David Milne highlighted the Mackay Cutters 38-24 win over the Norths Devils in Airlie Beach on Saturday.
Around 700 league fans in Airlie Beach turned up to see their Intrust Super Cup team in action with the entire round of the competition featuring games played in regional centres across the state.
The crowd at the Whitsunday Sports Park saw plenty of attacking action in the high-scoring game which saw the Cutters hold off a furious late charge from Norths to hang on to an important win.
The Cutters got off to the perfect start through Milne but scoring was limited in the first half with Mackay holding a slender 12-6 lead heading into half time.
Attack was the order of the second half and the game opened right up with the Cutters scoring five tries and Norths three in the entertaining contest.
Saturday’s game was the first Intrust Super Cup ever held at Airlie Beach and event organiser Justin Butler said the even ran very smoothly.
“We had over 50 volunteers from the Whitsunday Touch Association, Proserpine-Whitsunday Raiders and the Whitsunday Football Club and we are quite confident we can run more events like this in the future,” he said.
“We need to say a big thanks to all our sponsors who made the day possible and hopefully we can se- cure this game for years to come.”
The Cutters return to Mackay this weekend where they will host the ninth-placed Souths Logan Magpies at 6pm on Saturday.
(tries David Milne 3, Bureta Faraimo, Tyson Martin, Anthony Mitchell, Dean Webster; goals Matt Minto 5) defeated (tries Dylan Galloway, Namila Davui, Angus Cameron, Nathan Lowrie; goals Luke Samona 4).
Mackay Cutters 38
Norths Devils 24
LINE BREAK: Mackay Cutters player Sam Hoare looks for support after making a line break in Saturday's win against Norths at the Whitsunday Sports Park.
FINE LINE: Mackay Cutters forward Jake Cooley gets a pass away just in time during his side's win over the Norths Devils in Airlie Beach on Saturday.