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Foley Shield update

The Foley Shield is still undecided after the weekend of rugby league in Townsville involving the three major leagues in North Queensland, with the home side taking out two wins to keep the competition open.

All three sides that compete for the shield - the Townsville Blackhawks, the Northern Pride and the Mackay Cutters - have two games to play against each other this season in the Intrust Super Cup, but it's now a two-horse race with the Cutters out of the running.

They can still affect the final outcome of the Foley Shield, as their last two games of the season are against the Pride and the Blackhawks.

The Northern Pride are in the box seat to claim the shield as they sit on 11 points and the Cup team has already beaten the Blackhawks one this year.

The Pride's lead in the Foley Shield has come courtesy of strong performances from their Under 18s and Under 20s. The Blackhawks trail by two points which is effectively one game.

The women of Townsville, Cairns and Mackay also played on the weekend, with the southern-most team dominating the contest.

They started strong with a 48-6 win over Townsville, who were also shutout by Cairns 40-0.

Mackay proved themselves to be the superior of the two victors when they met, as they completed a shutout of their northern opposition by 36 points.

The side's dominance has led to 10 of their players being picked in the North Queensland Marlin's Women's team, which will compete in Mackay against the Central side on May 19.