Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Aaron Payne’s team to take on Redcliffe could look a little different, dependent on possible suspensions and injuries. He does expect a better performance from the Mendi Blackhawks at Kayo Stadium on Sunday, after their disappointing display in rivalry round of the Hostplus Cup.

“We’d gained a bit of momentum off the back of successive wins and you would have thought we’d be up for the derby, particularly playing at Jack Manski Oval, but our effort against Northern Pride was by no means good enough and we need to respond against the Dolphins.”

Payne knows the hosts will be determined to bounce back from consecutive gut-wrenching defeats, after Norths nailed a matching winning field goal against them before Wynnum won a seesawing contest, with a last gasp try.

“They’ve just been edged out in the past couple of weeks so that’s only going to make them hungrier. Had they won either of those matches they’d be in the top four, so you know they’re a strong outfit and we need to turn up ready to play.”

Both battles last year went down to the wire. Former Mendi Blackhawk Michael bell slotted a long range field goal to split the sides at Moreton Daily Stadium but they couldn’t be separated in Ayr in country round, after Shaun Nona failed to convert a penalty goal attempt on the full time siren. Catch Sunday’s showdown on the Q-Plus app at 2pm, You can also watch our Hastings Deering Colts in action from 12.15pm. Here’s the under 21s team list.