Whilst the NRL accommodates the upcoming opener to the State of Origin with a reduced fixtures list, the Intrust Super Cup supplies a full card of seven games for League fans this weekend to get you into the mood for the big show on Wednesday night.
The big question is who will beat the almighty Townsville Blackhawks, and with Origin duties and a depleted Cowboys playing this weekend, maybe this is the week. Outside of Townsville there is the battle for second which some coaches have jokingly referred to as their target, a battle of the two Melbourne Storm feeder teams, and at Redcliffe one team’s long winless streak will end.
Here is how the teams stand at the moment. For those unable to get to one of the games, check out all the teams twitter feeds for links to live streaming of the games where available.
Wynnum Manly Seagulls,10,8,2,0,281,166,115,16
Tweed Heads Seagulls,10,4,5,1,196,212,-16,10
Souths Logan Magpies,10,2,7,1,187,286,-99,6
Sunshine Coast Falcons,10,2,7,1,144,264,-120,6
Ipswich Jets v Tweed Heads Seagulls at North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday – 3pm
Round 11 kicks off at a familiar place at North Ipswich Reserve as the Ipswich Jets return home after a successful mission in their battle of equal 2nd in Mackay to face the Tweed Heads Seagulls coming off a 28-0 loss to the Blackhawks.
Ipswich were impressive in Mackay and proved their attacking qualities with tries from anywhere and to anyone, with hooker Matt Parcell grabbing a hat trick against the Cutters. The same attacking threat remains for the Seagulls this weekend who did well to restrict the Townsville side to just 28 points considering 40+ has been standard this season.
Tweed Heads will be looking to break a two run losing loss, and the Jets’ two losses so far in 2015 have both come in five home games, so Tweed may fancy their chances. However they will need to score more than zero points to win this one, as Ipswich will no doubt score plenty.
Prediction: Ipswich by 16
Last Year: Ipswich 25 Tweed Heads 18
Odds: Ipswich $1.30 Tweed Heads $3.35
Ipswich Jets: 1. Carlin Anderson 2. Marmin Barba 3. Chris Walker 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Brandon McGrady 6. Josh Cleeland 7. Dane Phillips 8. Josh Seage 9. Matt Parcell 10. Rod Griffin 11. Sam Martin 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Keiron Lander (c) 14. Teutau Fakahoko 15. Kurtis Lingwoodock 16. Billy McConnachie 17. Liam Capewell
Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker
Tweed Heads Seagulls: 1. Shaun Carney 2. Nathanael Barnes 3. Jai Ingram 4. Davin Crampton 5. Kalifa Faifai Loa 6. Ricardo Parata 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Damian Sironen (c) 9. Matt Srama 10. Will Bugden 11. Matt Robinson 12. Dane Clarke 13. Sam Saville 14. Sam Meskell 15. Leva Li 16. Blake Anderson 17. Oliver Percy
Coach: Aaron Zimmerle
Townsville Blackhawks v PNG Hunters at Jack Manski Oval on Saturday – 4pm
The all-conquering Blackhawks arrive home to Townsville with another scalp after a 28-0 win against Tweed Heads last Sunday, but they face the biggest threat to their unbeaten home record and 7 game winning streak.
With the State of Origin claiming a number of North Queensland Cowboys the Townsville based feeder club have had their squad plundered for the biggest time this season and will face a side on a winning run of four games and lie only two wins from the leaders.
The side in question is the PNG Hunters, and their devil may care attack and ferocious defence combined with the personnel changes for the home side make this game a potential upset. That is if the Hunters can hold onto the ball.
Townsville’s only loss came in Ipswich where they were well down at half time before fighting back, meanwhile the PNG side have had healthy half time leads in 6 of their 7 wins so far in 2015 (the other was drawn at the break).
Going for an upset here, as the Blackhawks are due a loss and the Hunters are just the side to take advantage. We will see whether having Tony Abbott wearing your team’s jersey is a good or bad omen.
Prediction: PNG by 6
Last Year: N/A
Odds: Townsville $1.12 PNG $5.70
Townsville Blackhawks: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Zac Santo 3. Samsen O’Neill 4. Kyle Feldt 5. Lenny Magey 6. Tom Humble 7. Mitchell Seri 8. Ricky Thorby 9. Anthony Mitchell 10. Daniel Beasley (c) 11. Lorenzo Ma’afu 12. Rhyse Martin 13. Neville Costigan 14. Nathan Norford 15. Chris McLean 16. Noel Underwood 17. Corey Jensen 18. Jack Kelleher
Coach: Kristian Woolf
PNG Hunters: 1. Stargroth Amean 2. Oti Bland Tony 3. Noel Zeming 4. Thompson Teteh 5. Adex Wera 6. Israel Eliab (c) 7. Ase Boas 8. Henry Noki 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Esau Siune 11. Kato Ottio 12. Lawrence Tu’u 13. Adam Korave 14. Atte Bina 15. Warren Glare 16. Willie Minoga 17. Enock Maki 18. Roger Laka 19. Brandy Peter
Coach: Michael Marum
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Northern Pride at BMD Kougari Oval on Saturday – 5pm
BMD Kougari Oval sees a battle between two teams who between them have won 4 out of the last 5 Intrust Super Cups. Both teams will have their eye on this year’s title, but Wynnum are closest to winning another sitting nicely in second place with just the two losses, and have enjoyed five wins in a row since losing to Townsville.
The Cairns based Northern Pride are a little further behind this week’s opponents after losing five straight to start the season, they did recover to win the next four, but arrive in Brisbane with a loss to the PNG Hunters in Kokopo and a bye as their last events.
It is hard to see Wynnum Manly not extending their run to six wins against last year’s premiers. Although the away side did manage a win here in 2014.
Prediction: Wynnum by 12
Last Year: Wynnum Manly 20 Northern Pride 28
Odds: Wynnum $1.40 Pride $2.85
Wynnum Manly Seagulls: 1. Daniel Ogden 2. Peter Gubb 3. Matthew Grieve 4. Mitchell Buckett 5. Greg Eden 6. Patrick Templeman 7. Matthew Seamark 8. Ben Shea 9. Alehana Mara 10. Tim Natusch (c) 11. Aaron Rockley 12. Brendon Gibb 13. Mitchell Frei 14. John Te Reo 15. Jon Grieve 16. Tanu Wulf 17. Olsi Krasniqi
Coach: Jon Buchanan
Northern Pride: 1. Hezron Murgha 2. Linc Port 3. Brett Anderson (c) 4. Luke George 5. Javid Bowen 6. Ryan Ghietti 7. Sam Obst 8. Jack Svendsen 9. Jason Roos (c) 10. David Murphy 11. Vaipuna Tia Kilifi 12. Graham Clark 13. Tom Hancock 14. Cameron King 15. Regan Verney 16. Sheldon Powe Hobbs 17. Travis Peeters 18. PJ Webb 19. Bradley Stephen
Coach: Joe O’Callaghan
Redcliffe Dolphins v CQ Capras at Dolphin Oval on Sunday – 1.40pm
TV Game (Live on Channel 9)
Sunday afternoon’s first clash is a match that is full of firsts. It is the first trip for the cameras to Redcliffe, and it is Central’s first appearance on TV this year.
Outside of media related firsts, it should (drawn results aside) see a first for one of these sides who are both on a long winless streak. The Dolphins have struggled at home this season, and when we say this year, you actually have to go back until May 2014 when Redcliffe last won a home game. Not to be outdone the Central side haven’t won away from Rockhampton in over a year also, and have failed to replicate their first round win in 2015.
A win for the home side will keep their faint finals hopes alive, hopes they increased after an upset win away to Easts Tigers last weekend to give them three wins for the season. Central will be looking to take advantage of Redcliffe’s poor home form to get win number two, which other with other favourable results could move them off the bottom and as high as 11th.
This game was a draw last year, a result that neither team would really want this year. Time for a Dolphins home win though on the back of a revival in form of Luke Capewell.
Prediction: Redcliffe by 8
Last Year: Redcliffe 16 Central 16
Odds: Redcliffe $1.25 Central $3.70
Redcliffe Dolphins: 1. Josh Beehag 2. Tom Opacic 3. Tristan Lumley 4. Aaron Whitchurch 5. Curtis Johnston 6. John Brady 7. Luke Capewell (c) 8. Charlie Faingaa 21. Shane Pumipi 10. Jon Green 11. Josh Benjamin 12. Anthony Cherrington 13. Trent Richardson 14. Darcy Etrich 15. Tyson Cleal 16. Harley Aiono 17. Taylor Brown
Coach: Troy Lindsay
CQ Capras: 1. Javarn White 2. Jake Ainsworth 3. Jacob Gagai 4. Hayden Buckman 5. Clinton Mooney 6. Matt Minto 7. Ian Webster 8. Gerard Tema 9. Josh Mitchell 10. Gavin Hiscox 11. Rajan Opetaia-Halls 12. Guy Williams (c) 13. Garret Field 14. Aaron Watson 15. Dean McAdam 16. Corbyn Kilday 17. Tyson White 18. Mark Johnstone 19. Tarrant Mariner 20. Dan Randall
Coach: Lionel Harbin
Easts Tigers v Sunshine Coast Falcons at Tapout Energy Stadium on Sunday – 2pm
Sunday Football returns to Tapout Energy Stadium for the clash of the two Melbourne Storm feeder sides. Both sides also have a losing streak in common with the home side on a run of three straight losses, and the opponents on a run of four losses.
The home side were upset by Redcliffe at home last weekend, and the Sunshine Coast have probably picked the wrong weekend to visit their cousins, as they will be very keen to bounce back in the biggest possible way. The Tigers have also dismantled sides like Souths Logan and Central this season with big 50+ point wins, so teams in less than sparkling form have felt the full brunt of Easts in 2015. Easts have also added some more firepower to their ranks as per the below bit from the QRL website.
The Sunshine Coast have tailed off since their two wins in a row in April despite improved performances in 2015 on the back of some Melbourne Storm squad members, but away to Easts is hardly the place to turn that around this weekend.
Prediction: Easts by 40
Last Year: Easts 50 Sunshine Coast 6
Odds: Easts $1.22 Sunshine Coast $4.00
Easts Tigers: 1. Cameron Munster 2. Richie Kennar 3. Michael Kai 4. Eddie Tautali 5. Matt Duffie 6. Shaun Nona 7. Grant Giess 8. Christian Welch 9. Tommy Butterfield 10. Liam McDonald 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Dean Britt 13. Troy Giess 14. Francis Tualau 15. Matthew Zgrajewski 16. Foisa Peni 17. Billy Walters 18. Jake Foster
Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen
Sunshine Coast Falcons: 1. Sam Young 2. Young Tonumaipea 3. Travis Robinson 4. Hymel Hunt 5. Tony Tumusa 6. Ben Hampton 7. Jake Turpin 8. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs 9. Billy Brittain 10. Ryan Hansen (c) 11. Joe Stimson 12. Jye Ballinger 13. James Ackerman 14. Travis Long 15. Johnny Vuetibau 16. Mboya Adams 17. Ricky Shaxson
Coach: Glen Dreger
Burleigh Bears v Mackay Cutters at Pizzey Park on Sunday – 2pm
How appropriate that in the week leading up to the first State of Origin that the Intrust Super Cup’s two maroon coloured sides face off against each other this weekend.
Burleigh will be happy to welcome a different northern Queensland side than their last opponents after they got the week off to think about their 78-6 loss to Townsville in Round 9. The margin was a big surprise given the Bears had beaten Ipswich away and then blew a big lead to PNG in the weeks leading up to the Townsville clash.
Mackay lost at home to Ipswich in a clash between two sides that were looking to stay at least equal second, but have previous good form away from home with wins in Rockhampton and Wynnum this season.
It will be a tight contest, but thoughts are leaning towards the home side bouncing back from their big loss in Round 9.
Prediction: Burleigh by 1
Last Year: Burleigh 22 Mackay 14
Odds: Burleigh $2.25 Mackay $1.60
Burleigh Bears: 1. Khan Ahwang 2. Jaiden Hawkes 3. Brad Tighe 4. Dimitri Pelo 5. Kevin Gordon 6. Tyler Chadburn 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Mark Ioane 9. Ayden Lee 10. Mitch Sharp 11. Ty Haynes 12. Jamie Dowling 13. Louie Fanene 14. Tom Rowles 16. Darren Griffiths (c) 17. Pele Peletelese 20. David Hala
Coach: Jim Lenihan
Mackay Cutters: 1. Sam Clune 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Tyson Martin 4. Justin Tavae 5. Zack Walker 6. Cameron Cullen 7. Liam Taylor 8. Brad Lupi 9. Michael Sio 10. Chris Gesch (c) 11. Brenden Treston 12. Kelvin Nielsen 13. Aleki Falepaini 14. Josh Chudleigh 15. Josh Osborne 16. Joss Boyton 18. Ryan Kinlyside 19. Gavin Bennion 20. Mitch Day
Coach: Kim Williams
Souths Logan Magpies v Norths Devils at Davies Park on Sunday – 2pm
Two of the competition’s strugglers round out Round 11 of the Intrust Super Cup, with the Magpies looking to build on an impressive drought breaking win last start on the Sunshine Coast.
A peculiarity on the ladder has Souths Logan in 11th above their opponents Norths in 13th despite winning one less game than the Devils in 2015. The difference is the bye, but the Magpies also have a handy points difference advantage.
Neither of Souths Logan two wins have been at Davies Park this year, but on the back of Ash Taylor’s recruitment from the Broncos youth side, they have looked a far better proposition and given their last home loss was close loss to Redcliffe it is about time to give the Davies Park faithful something to cheer about.
Norths will need the win to avoid the possibility of dropping to the foot of the ladder if Central win, but given the Magpies uplift in performance it is hard to see anthing other than a home win this weekend.
Prediction: Souths Logan by 12
Last Year: Burleigh 22 Mackay 14
Odds: Burleigh $2.25 Mackay $1.60
Souths Logan Magpies: 1. Josh Damen 2. Samisoni Vaioleti 3. Dallas Anderson 4. Tim Brookes 5. Matt Trnka 6. Jack Joass 7. Ash Taylor 8. Tikiko Noke 9. Herschel Gideon 10. Andrew Edwards 11. Scott Doyle 12. Dan Tamou 13. Travis Waddell 14. Aotealofa Tuimavave 15. Phil Dennis (c) 16. Sam Gardel 17. Leon Panapa 18. Hansel Semau
Coach: Josh Hannay
Norths Devils: 1. Sean Loxley 2. Luke Pollock 3. Dylan Galloway 4. Ryan Millard 5. Rogan Dean 6. Sam Foster 7. Liam Tyson 8. Matt Mizzi 9. Krys Freeman 10. Chris Faust 11. Rhett Webster 12. Todd Lowrie 13. Brett Greinke (c) 14. Byron Creighton 15. Billy Solah 16. Richard Tuala 17. Josh Afoa
Coach: Mark Gliddon