Townsville Bulletin

Campagnolo makes it back in time for big game

- MATTHEW ELKERTON

BLACKHAWKS backrower Benn Campagnolo has made a miraculous recovery from a serious hand injury to retake his place in the back row ahead of their preliminar­y final showdown with Sunshine Coast Falcons.

The young forward’s hand had ‘blown up’ during last week’s gruelling win over Souths Logan, to the point Hastings Deering Colts coach Dave Elliott was adamant it was broken.

But scans midweek revealed no bone damage, and Campagnolo is determined to fight through the pain as the club

hunts for a grand final berth. “I think in the end his ankle became more of an issue this week than the hand,” Elliott said. “He was probably just carrying on last weekend.

“He is a tough kid, as are all of our blokes.”

Campagnolo might not be the only quick recovery for the Blackhawks with fullback Dylan White racing the clock to get his hamstring fit for Sunday’s final.

White went off early in the first half last weekend with what was believed to be a strain to the muscle.

The fullback will catch the plane with the side and will be given until kick-off to prove his fitness.

“He is a really big part of our spine and they have been playing really well as a unit this season,” Elliott said.

Cowboys-contracted young gun Tomas Chester was named at fullback for the preliminar­y final after filling in for White last weekend, but it is understood he has trained as a forward this week.

 ?? ?? Blackhawks Griffin Neame and Benn Campagnolo.
Blackhawks Griffin Neame and Benn Campagnolo.

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