FROM the Intrust Super Cup down to grassroots junior rugby league competitions clubs in Queensland will get behind the Men of League Foundation and take part in this weekends Rivalry Round.
It is the first time the Rivalry Round has been expanded to be a state-wide concept and players, referees and volunteers will wear the Men of League socks across the weekend to help promote the organisation.
Supporters who want to get on board and purchase their own socks can do so by visiting the Men of League Foundation website www.menofleague.com.
On the playing field; the Intrust Super Cup XXXX Rivalry Round supporting the Men of League Foundation will see some classic match-ups with traditional and more recently established rivals facing off.
The local derby between Burleigh Bears and Tweed Heads is always an intense game, with players seeming to lift a notch for these clashes.
Souths Logan Magpies defeated the Ipswich Jets in the 2008 grand final a game the minor-premiership winning Jets thought they couldnt lose.
We are looking forward to the Rivalry Round match against Ipswich, Souths Logan coach Mark Beaumont said.
We have a history there with the 08 grand final (which the Magpies won 24-18) so its always good when we play.
In honour of NAIDOC Week, the match will also double as the two clubs annual Indigenous Appreciation Day with free entry being offered to the North Ipswich Reserve ground.
Grand final opponents the Redcliffe Dolphins and Wynnum Manly Seagulls renewed their strong rivalry which has been built over many years in the decider last year and both have plenty to play for on the weekend.
Wynnum Manly will be looking to keep in touch with the pacesetting Northern Pride; while for the Dolphins they must win if they want to be a chance of playing finals football again this year.
Regional supremacy will go on the line between the Central Queensland Capras and Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles while former Foley Shield rivals the Cairns-based Northern Pride and the Mackay Cutters will battle in the north.
Brisbane Rugby League clubs Easts Tigers and Norths Devils have plenty of history between them and will play in a Sunday afternoon match.
There will be a Men of League Foundation membership drive at this weekends televised (delayed) Intrust Super Cup game at Mackays Virgin Australia Stadium between the Cutters and the Pride and there will be membership forms available at every ground. These can found at the bar and/or canteen areas of the grounds.
The Men of League Foundation plays a vital role in supporting players, coaches, officials and families in the rugby league community. Read more about the work they do on the website- www.menofleague.com.