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Intrust Super Cup Round 1 preview

The Queensland Cup is ready to kick off with Round 1 with a Grand Final replay, a new team from Townsville and high expectations which have yet to be evaporated by reality. 7 games, 14 teams and 560 minutes awaits us this weekend, and our preview awaits you below.

If you get a chance, head along to one of the games below, or follow the updates on the twitter feeds from the club listed in our preview. For the Brisbane fans, we suggest the Grand Final replay or the PNG visiting Davies Park as the pick of the views.

TV GAME – EASTS TIGERS v NORTHERN PRIDE – 1:40pm on GEM.

SATURDAY 3PM – NORTH IPSWICH RESERVE
IPSWICH JETS v WYNNUM SEAGULLS
Last year – Ipswich 32 Wynnum 22.
Odds – Ipswich $1.70 Wynnum $2.15

The battle of Brisbane’s two green themed teams could have been saved for St Patricks Day, but since that is on a Tuesday this year, there’s not many better games to start the season off with.

Aside from the stand out players we suggested in the season preview there are two players to watch in this game. Firstly for Wynnum is the English Broncos signing Greg Eden, dubbed the Billy Slater of England. Like Billy Slater in his first Queensland appearance, he’ll have to settle for a place on the wing. He is likely to come across the big name on the Ipswich side of the field in former origin player Chris Walker. Making a comeback to complete the brothers Walker line up, he will inject plenty of interest for the fans and casual observers alike.

Shannon Meyer: Ipswich by 2.
Matt Crowhust: Wynnum

SATURDAY 4:30PM – JACK MANSKI OVAL
TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS v MACKAY CUTTERS
Last year: N/A
Odds – Townsville $1.40 Mackay $2.95

Queensland Cup welcomes the new Townsville Blackhawks into the competition, and they have unveiled a line up full of NRL and Cowboys experience, headlined by another former Origin player Neville Costigan. He’s not the only player that the locals will be keeping an eye with players like Kyle Feldt named to be part of the new team’s debut.

Mackay by contrast could feel a little like a red headed stepchild with very few Cowboys players heading south to boost their numbers, and a Townsville first up win looks likely.

Shannon Meyer: Townsville by 18
Matt Crowhurst: Townsville

SATURDAY 6:00PM – SUNSHINE COAST STADIUM
SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS v NORTHS DEVILS
Last year: Sunshine Coast 0 Norths 36
Odds – Sunshine Coast $2.35 Norths $1.60

New Melbourne Storm feeder club Sunshine Coast take on the inaugural Storm feeder club Norths who made the partnership a very successful one.

The new partnership looks to have benefited the Falcons already with no less than another former origin player Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, along with other Melbourne cast offs. For the Devils interest lies in Brett Grienke, a junior Kangaroo and son of former Devils coach Gary. This one looks primed for an upset, so we give the Falcons the benefit of the doubt, for the chance to equal last year’s win tally in their first game.

Shannon Meyer: Sunshine Coast by 4.
Matt Crowhurst: Sunshine Coast

SUNDAY 1:40PM – TAPOUT ENERGY STADIUM
EASTS TIGERS v NORTHERN PRIDE
Last year: Easts 20 Pride 44
Odds –  Easts $1.62 Pride $2.30

A Grand Final replay to kick off the first TV game of the year, and the way a season should always start too.

Easts will be looking to avenge the Grand Final loss, and the 3-1 overall record from last year against the Pride. The Pride will be keen to maintain their number one tag for not only the Queensland Cup, but the best local league team in Australia after their State Championship win last October.

The Pride have former NRL star in waiting Lachlan Coote playing at fullback for them, whilst the Tigers’ number 1 Cameron Munster will be keen to prove himself against Coote.

It should be another fine example of quality Queensland Cup football on a Sunday afternoon no matter the result.

Shannon Meyer: Northern Pride by 2.
Matt Crowhurst: Easts

SUNDAY 2:00PM – DAVIES PARK
SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES v PNG HUNTERS
Last year – Souths Logan 14 PNG 44
Odds – Souths Logan 1.90 PNG $1.90

Should be another big crowd at Davies Park, and if it is anything like last year, the level of support for the Hunters will shadow the Magpies even at home.

The entertainers of the League will be confident after thrashing last year’s premiers Northern Pride in the last trial of the year in Cairns, and that means more crushing defence and length of the field specials.

Souths Logan will be looking to improve on the last meeting at Davies Park with their new Broncos hook up, but will find it tough against the PNG.

Keep an eye out for PNG’s Willie Minoga.

Shannon Meyer: PNG by 20
Matt Crowhurst: PNG

SUNDAY 2:00PM – DOLPHIN OVAL
REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS v TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS
Last Year – Redcliffe 22 Tweed 30
Odds – Redcliffe 1.55 Tweed 2.45

The road to redemption starts in Round 1 for the Dolphins who will hoping to turn around their worst finish for many years and swap places at the end of the year with one of last year’s Top 5 teams.

No excitement machine Joe Bond this week, but the number 1 Evander Cummins, who made the NYC team of the year not so long ago for the Dragons has more than enough to entertain on the bayside. Luke Capewell returns too giving Redcliffe a great attacking option and a new leader on the field.

Tweed meanwhile, have mostly the same side as last year and will be looking to continue with the mostly the same results as last year, including an away win at Redcliffe.

Shannon Meyer: Redcliffe by 8.
Matt Crowhurst: Redcliffe

SUNDAY 3:00PM – BROWNE PARK
CENTRAL CAPRAS v BURLEIGH BEARS
Last Year – Central 19 Burleigh 18
Odds – Central $2.15 Burleigh $1.70

The last of the big week of fixtures, and possibly one of the least exciting on paper. But given last year’s 1 point margin, it can still be the surprise of the first round.

After suffering from the recent cyclone, who wouldn’t wish a victory upon a team from Central Queensland.

Shannon Meyer: Central by 4.
Matt Crowhurst: Burleigh

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