As Murray Walker used to say in his iconic F1 broadcasts, anything can happen in Formula 1, and it usually does. The same could apply to most of the Intrust Super Cup this season, and the Intrust Super Cup Round 9 could be another example.
There were no less than 4 upsets last weekend, and two other winners were 50-50, in a weekend of interesting results. Only the Blackhawks win could be classed as a hot favourite winning.
This weekend is the last before the International Weekend, but we are sure to see many of the talented players from the Intrust Super Cup in the Residents Game or any of the three Pacific Tests.
The Residents game sees the best players from the QLD and NSW Cup face off in a poor man’s but no less exciting Origin style clash. Get along to Langlands Park at Coorparoo for just a measly $10. We will be there of course.
But onto this weekend, and there’s another batch of games we are looking forward to.
Not forgetting that Intrust Super Cup is your only way of seeing any rugby league in South East Queensland this year on a Sunday. And there are many games on offer around town this weekend. There’s a great chance to see some good football in a comfortable timeslot.
Below then is our quick preview of all that awaits in the Intrust Super Cup Round 9.
Intrust Super Cup Round 9 Preview of Games in 25 words or so.
Ipswich Jets v Burleigh Bears at North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday – 3pm
Last two premiers are struggling, Burleigh have won just twice, Ipswich three but on a run of two in a row. No wins at home yet though. Whose season will be on the edge with a loss after this weekend?
PNG Hunters v Northern Pride at National Football Stadium on Saturday – 3pm
The most northerly match up in the competition and the Hunters are up to second with a big win v Burleigh last weekend, the Pride bounced back with a needed win v Norths too. Hunters should be too good up there.
Easts Tigers v CQ Capras at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park on Saturday – 5pm
Easts run of five straight wins came to an end in Mackay last weekend, if they lose to Central this weekend can we say they have a Central Qld bogey? The Capras did knock off neighbours Wynnum at Wynnum last weekend. They are also 2/4 in SEQ in 2017.
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Townsville Blackhawks at BMD Kougari Oval on Saturday – 6pm
Wynnum need a win. Winless since round and have lost their last three at home. The Blackhawks won’t make turning that around easy, although they had lost three of four before last weekend.
Mackay Cutters v Norths Devils at BB Print Stadium Mackay on Sunday – 1.40pm
TV Game out of Brisbane, and Mackay looking to double down after upsetting the Tigers last weekend. Norths haven’t won since Nikorima left for the Broncos.
Redcliffe Dolphins v Souths Logan Magpies at Dolphin Oval on Sunday – 2pm
Two in form Broncos feeder sides, but somehow the Magpies supply more players to Wayne Bennett. Happily for Redcliffe it means they have enough to be competition leaders.
Tweed Heads Seagulls v Sunshine Coast Falcons at Piggabeen Sports Complex on Sunday – 2pm
Two winning runs came to an end last weekend. Falcons five games, Tweed Heads one. Sunshine Coast the likely team to get back on track this weekend.
Intrust Super Cup Round 9 BROADCAST GAMES
Mackay Cutters v Norths Devils – Channel 9 – Sunday 1:30pm
Intrust Super Cup Round 9 BETTING / TIPPING
What’s better than watching the Intrust Super Cup? Having a little side wager on the action, and we the odds and our tips for the weekend ahead.
This weekends Odds
Ipswich $1.45 Burleigh $2.45 – Burleigh +6.5
PNG Hunters $1.28 Pride $3.65 – Pride +10
Easts $1.35 Central $3.20 – Central +8.5
Wynnum $2.75 Townsville $1.45 – Wynnum +6.5
Mackay $1.70 Norths $2.15 – Norths +2.5
Redcliffe $1.45 Souths Logan $2.75 – Souths Logan +6.5
Tweed Heads $3.85 Sunshine Coast $1.25 – Tweed Heads +10.5
Odds courtesy of William Hill
Our “expert” selections.
IPSWICH to win
PNG HUNTERS to win
CENTRAL +8.5 start v Easts
TOWNSVILLE to win
MACKAY to win
REDCLIFFE to win
SUNSHINE COAST to win
$1 multi “pays” $16
PNG HUNTERS CORNER
Each week we have a little extra on the PNG Hunters, our favourite sporting side. Or check out our season preview or check out the PNG Hunters 2017 draw bit if you’re planning on catching them around the state this season.
With the side to be named (or already named depending on the time you read this) there is still a chance for Hunters to put their names in the minds of Kumuls selectors. As it stands they should provide half the squad at least, and why wouldn’t they seeing how well they are going.
The question is, who do they want to want – i.e. Will Willie Minoga be named? We insist. But there’s plenty of talent battling for those positions. Can’t wait until Sunday when the Kumuls side is named. It will need to be good to take on one of the sleeping giants of international rugby league in Cook Islands.
Adex Wera shot into Kumuls contention with a bag O four tries on the weekend, but will have to compete with NRL aligned players like Alex Johnston, Nene McDonald, David Mead, Justin Olam and maybe even Kato Ottio. Tough going.
Onto the Intrust Super Cup now and the 42-6 win against Burleigh was the perfect follow up after grinding out a win against Redcliffe the weekend before in Port Moresby. It hows the Hunters have two modes they can play in, both of which will be handy leading into and during the finals run. Perhaps this is the year for the Hunters, like we believed at the start of the year.
The highlights via the QRL website show the dominance of the Hunters on the day. We’ll even save you time wit ha direct link here. Northern Pride did win last weekend, but have not been in great form as a whole in 2017, but they are a side still with quality players and it won’t be easy.
Hopefully the Hunters can sign off before the International break with a good win over the Pride.
PNG Hunters Team v Pride
1. Stargroth Amean 2. Bland Abavu 3. Israel Eliab 4. Adex Wera 5. Wawa Paul 6. Ase Boas (c) 7. Watson Boas 8. Henry Wan 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Esau Siune 11. Nixon Putt 12. David Loko 13. Wellington Albert 14. Rahdly Brawa 15. Willie Minoga 16. Enock Maki 17. Stanton Albert 18. Butler Morris 19. Ishamel Baikawa 20. Moses Meninga
Coach: Michael Marum
For the record, here’s my PNG Kumuls side.
1 David Mead
2 Alex Johnston
3 Justin Olam
4 Nene McDonald
5 Gideon Gela-Mosby
6 Ase Boas
7 Ray Thompson
8 Luke Page
9 Wartovo Puara
10 Henry Wan
11 Rhyse Martin
12 David Loko
13 Rod Griffin
14 Wellington Albert
15 Willie Minoga
16 Moses Meninga
17 Watson Boas
18 Adex Wera
19 Bland Abavu
20 Thompson Teteh
NOTHING BUT LEAGUE MATCH CENTRE
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