FORMER international prop and NRL star Joel Clinton will step onto the field one more time as part of the Men of League All Stars team who are set to play against the QCCS Mackay Cutters next month.
In the second annual event, both teams will battle it out on the field for the Greg Sutherland Shield named in honour of the late Mackay rugby league administrator who was former Chairman of the Mackay & District Rugby League, Mackay Cutters and Men of League (Mackay). The match will take place on Saturday 4th February at BB Print Stadium, Mackay.
Legendary Mackay rugby league coach Col Grosskreutz will guide the All Stars. Grosskreutz has coached at all levels in the district including guiding the legendary Mackay Sea Eagles sides of 1993 and 1994 to State Championships along with multiple Foley Shield victories.
It will be the first game of the season for former Cowboys U20’s Assistant Coach Steve Shepherd as he makes his debut as the head coach of the QCCS Mackay Cutters.
After a grueling preseason, Shepherd is keen to test his troops out against the MDRL’s finest in what will be the Cutters first hit-out of the Intrust Super Cup Preseason 2017.
“We have six new players this season who will also be wearing our new look Cutters jersey and this game will be a great opportunity for our development squad players to gain experience at a higher level.
“The boys have been through a very intense preseason and have been training hard but it is still an unknown for game day so this will a good insight into how they handle a game situation. It’s also a great opportunity for them to play against a former Australian international.” he said.
Get to the game early to support the QCCS Mackay Cutters U18’s side who will play against the Townsville Black U18’s at 4pm. Be sure not to miss the new Cutters U20’s side as they go head-to-head with the Townsville Black U20’s in the All Stars curtain raiser.
Gates open at 3.30pm with the U20’s curtain raiser scheduled for a 5.30pm kick-off, followed by the main event at 7.30pm. This is set to be a fantastic trial run for the elite teams before they begin their Intrust Super Cup campaign on March 5.
Entry is $5 and proceeds from the event will go towards the Men of League Foundation supporting those involved in
the game at all levels.
Men of League All Stars team – 2017
1 Liam Taylor Men of League
2 Cedric Georgetown Wests
3 Michael Newman Whitsunday
4 Mitch Lane Sarina
5 Matt Skaife Brothers
6 Nat Hinchcliffe Moranbah
7 Beau Dixon Magpies
8 Joel Clinton Men of League
9 Matt Temby Magpies
10 Ryan Kinlyside Souths
11 Ben Buchholz Sarina
12 Darryl Brennan Wests
13 Zac Dalton Men of League
14 Mike Fairburn Moranbah
15 Kur Lowe Brothers
16 Corbin Tass Norths
17 Jarrod Knox Norths