Thursday, February 22, 2024

Lennix Tovo will come off the bench in Saturday’s trial against Mackay after having his first hit out as a Mendi Blackhawk in Cairns last weekend. It’s more minutes he’ll use to re-establish himself in rugby league again. The code hopper who represented the ACT at the Australian Rugby Union Championships last year is embracing the challenge.

“That first trial was good. Haven’t played league in a while so it was great to finally get out there on the field and play after putting all the work in in pre-season. Just enjoying leaning it again and getting better and growing as a player.”

His fresh legs could provide nightmares for tired Cutters. The 22 year old is fleet footed, and a drier track at Jack Manski Oval than the waterlogged field Townsville trudged on in the far north, will give the winger more opportunity to show his attacking flare.

“Yeah theres a lot of good players in this team so trying to learn the structures and create those combinations. Hopefully try and link up with some of the boys in the open field.”

Mendi Blackhawks Coach Terry Campese has named a strong squad for the home trial. Hostplus Cup regulars Gehamat Shibasaki, Patrick Kaufusi and Jayden Hodges will clock up their first match miles of 2024, while club captain James Tamou is eager to get some minutes in his legs. The side’s skipper Kyle Laybutt already has a full game under his belt after lining up for NRL Indigenous All Stars.

Kick-off is at 5pm but a feast of footy gets underway at 11.20am. All four Mendi Blackhawks junior sides are playing in round three of their respective competitions, also against Mackay. Gates open at 10am. Free entry for kids, $5 for adults.