THIS WEEK’S INTRUST SUPER CUP PREVIEW BROUGHT TO YOU BY THIS WEEK’S QUEENSLAND CUP LEGEND – ZIGGY STRASSER
People love their Sunday Football, but unlike the NRL (thanks to Channel 9) the love is shared around in the Intrust Super Cup this weekend with no less than 6 of the 7 weekend games on Sunday. They are spread all over the state (and PNG) too with matches in Cairns, Sunshine Coast, at Tigerland, and two games on the Gold Coast.
One of those games is the game between Burleigh and Townsville, the first of two all Top 4 clashes this weekend. Burleigh held on against the PNG Hunters last weekend, and will look to knock off similarly quality opposition this weekend. But the Bears don’t have the infamous number 16 Willie Minoga that Townsville do.
The other all Top 4 clash is between PNG and Redcliffe in Port Moresby. Plenty of stats say Redcliffe can’t win – no wins against Hunters, no one has won in Port Moresby, PNG have not lost in PNG anywhere since June 2014. About time to change all that we say.
Elsewhere there’s loads of games on the Sunday, which allows a rugby league romantic to reminisce about days of youth spent getting the around the grounds updates on a Sunday afternoon thanks to the ABC radio. In between visits to Dolphin Oval that is.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES in 20 WORDS OR LESS
Mackay v Ipswich @ Stadium Mackay – Kick Off – Friday 7pm
Ipswich broke their winless run last weekend, Mackay wish they could. Friday night football awaits.
Burleigh v Townsville @ Pizzey Park – Kick Off – Sunday 1:40pm
Quality game awaits at Pizzey Park as Burleigh try to see off consecutive Top 4 sides.
Tweed Heads v Central @ Piggabeen – Kick Off – Sunday 2pm
Capras won just once last year, this year it’s the Top 6. Is it the coach considering Mackay 2016 form?
Sunshine Coast v Norths @ Sunshine Coast Stadium – Kick Off – Sunday 3pm
Norths off a bye and like to travel north, Sunshine Coast lost last three home fixtures.
PNG Hunters v Redcliffe @ National Football Stadium, Port Moresby Kick Off – Sunday 3:05pm
Quality Top 4 clash awaits in Port Moresby – Dolphins due to break PNG hoodoo.
Northern Pride v Wynnum @ Barlow Park – Kick Off – Sunday 3pm
Wynnum doubled their season points with a bye last weekend, hard place to double win tally.
Easts v Souths Logan – Kick Off – Sunday 3pm
Easts won this by 50+ last year, Magpies look better in 2016 though.
A full and better in depth preview is with our friends at Nothing But League where we supply some of the official previews. Catch up with it all here.
THE HUNT FOR PNG OCTOBER
The Hunters season suffered a small setback last weekend as they were unable to come from behind two years in a row against the Bears on Anzac Day. The final 20-18 score line wasn’t a bad end result, but games are always going to be hard to win when 14-0 down and dropping the ball at key times and in key positions. They are back at home this weekend, and that will get them confidence to get over the in form Dolphins. A few of their players may also have a spring in their step after PNG Kumuls national side named their team for next weekend’s Pacific Tests.
THIS WEEK’S TEAM
1. Adex Wera 2. Oti Tony (Bland Abavu) 3. Noel Zeming 4. Thompson Teteh 5. Justin Olam 6. Ase Boas 7. Watson Boas 8. Henry Noki 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Esau Siune 11. Timothy Lomai 12. Adam Korave 13. Brandy Peter 14. Warren Glare 15. Enock Maki 16. Benjamin Hetra 17. Edward Goma 18. Stargroth Amean
Coach: Michael Marum
Time for a bet? You bet. Or UBet? Not sure, but anyway here’s our fearless selections for the weekend ahead plus the odds to let you decide yourself from Tattsbet which is now UBet.
MACKAY +6.5 start v Ipswich
TWEED to beat Central
TOWNSVILLE to beat Burleigh
REDCLIFFE +5.5 start v PNG
NORTHS to beat Sunshine Coast
PRIDE to beat Wynnum
EASTS to beat Souths Logan
$1 “pays” $33
|Mackay Cutters||$ 2.75||(+6.5)||$ 1.90|
|Ipswich Jets||$ 1.45||(-6.5)||$ 1.90|
|Tweed Heads||$ 1.65||(-3.5)||$ 1.90|
|CQ Capras||$ 2.25||(+3.5)||$ 1.90|
|Burleigh Bears||$ 3.35||(+8.5)||$ 1.90|
|Townsville Blackhawks||$ 1.33||(-8.5)||$ 1.90|
|PNG Hunters||$ 1.50||(-5.5)||$ 1.90|
|Redcliffe Dolphins||$ 2.60||(+5.5)||$ 1.90|
|Sunshine Coast Falcons||$ 1.67||(-2.5)||$ 1.90|
|Norths Devils||$ 2.20||(+2.5)||$ 1.90|
|Northern Pride||$ 1.35||(-8.5)||$ 1.90|
|Wynnum Manly Seagulls||$ 3.20||(+8.5)||$ 1.90|
|Easts Tigers||$ 1.35||(-8.5)||$ 1.90|
|Souths Logan Magpies||$ 3.20||(+8.5)||$ 1.90|
USEFUL LINKS TO FOLLOW
We’ll help find the places to use for you to stay in touch over the weekend.
Burleigh v Townsville – Sunday 1:30pm – CH9
Easts v Souths Logan – Sunday 3pm – Live Stream http://thetigers.com.au/tigertv-live/
KEEP UP TO DATE WITH SCORES GALORE OVER THE WEEKEND
WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEKEND?
REDCLIFFE 28 Easts 26
Sunshine Coast 6 IPSWICH 20
Souths Logan 16 CENTRAL 28
TWEED HEADS 37 Mackay 24
TOWNSVILLE 26 Northern Pride 13
BURLEIGH 20 PNG Hunters 18
Check out the full review from Nothing But League
|Sunshine Coast Falcons||8||4||0||4||0||-19||8|
|Souths Logan Magpies||8||3||0||5||0||-39||6|
|Tweed Heads Seagulls||7||2||0||5||1||-95||6|