Tuesday, March 14, 2023

A footy feast awaits at Jack Manksi Oval on Sunday with our Mendi Blackhawks facing Central Queensland across four grades. The Hostplus Cup match brings the curtain down on what should be exciting action from start to finish. The hosts have named the same 17 that started the season with a win over the Falcons, but there’s already been an alteration, with Gehamat Shibasaki earning a Cowboys call up. There may be more changes to come, with North Queensland players potentially pulling on the black and green for the first time.

Riley Price pushed his case for an NRL debut with a powerful performance in the opening round. Townsville coach Aaron Payne is confident the forward can deliver another strong showing against the Capras.

“Riley was massive for us doing some real tough stuff through the middle, and not only that he played the entire 80 minutes, in what was brutal conditions. I’m expecting an equally solid performance from him again.”

Payne plans on using, Jai Hansen in a similar way to the rake’s role off the bench, on his Q-Cup debut.

“Yeah he had an impact relieving our starting hooker Hodgo. He gave us good energy with his speed around the ruck. I hope he can repeat that against Central Queensland.”

Both sides will be chasing back to back victories after the Capras kicked a late field goal to see off Tweed Heads 23-22 at Browne Park. The match is at 3pm, the first game of the day kicks off at 10.30am. See our junior team lists below.