Raiders take on Bowen for Magee’s Tro­phy this Fri­day

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RUGBY UNION

THE de­fend­ing pre­miers of the 2013 Mackay District Rugby Union (MDRU) com­pe­ti­tion, the Proser­pine Whit­sun­day Raiders will be tak­ing on the Bowen Mud­crabs in a highly an­tic­i­pated pre-sea­son clash this Fri­day night.

Teams will be made up of both A and re­serve grade play­ers who will be tak­ing to the field of the Green En­ergy Whit­sun­day Sports Park for a 7.30pm kick off.

There is a strong yet friendly-ri­valry be­tween the two sides and all play­ers are keen to take home the brag­ging rights of the Magee Tro­phy.

It will be an im­por­tant game for for­mer All Black and new coach of the Raiders, Isi­tolo Maka, who will be analysing the per­for­mance of all play­ers from the side­line.

The Mud­crabs fin­ished fourth in the 2013 MDRU re­serve grade com­pe­ti­tion and are keen to have a hit out against the de­fend­ing pre­miers.

Club rep­re­sen­ta­tive Peter Chen­gody said the match would be a great event for spec­ta­tors want­ing to kick off their weekend with some thrilling, lo­cal rugby union ac­tion.

“Bowen was com­ing home re­ally strong at the end of the 2013 sea­son and they de­served a place in the fi­nal against the Raiders, who went on to win both re­serve and A grade pre­mier­ship,” he said.

“It’s go­ing to be a great match to watch as both teams are keen to get back into the com­pe­ti­tion.”

Chen­gody said the boys had been train­ing well on Wed­nes­day and Fri­day night and hoped to see all play­ers at the match.

Spec­ta­tors are en­cour­aged to make the most of the club’s new side­line seat­ing and the can­teen will have hot and cold food and re­fresh­ments avail­able for pur­chase.

En­try is free to the sports park and lo­cal sup­port­ers are en­cour­aged to at­tend the Fri­day night match with a great kick off time of 7.30pm. The first round of the MDRU com­pe­ti­tion will be held on May 3.

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