Friday Night Football comes to the Intrust Super Cup, with the Ipswich Jets planning a big event when they host the PNG Hunters tomorrow night.
Ipswich Jets v PNG Hunters
North Ipswich Reserve on Friday, June 15 – 7pm
Head-to-Head: PNG 7 Ipswich 3
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #JETSvPNG
- The Ipswich Jets and PNG Hunters kick off Round 15 with Friday night football with their special Harmony Day game.
- On the field, the Hunters have the upper hand and have won the past four games played between the two sides.
- However, the honours are even at North Ipswich Reserve, with both teams winning two each.
- The Jets have won four of their six home games this year.
- The Hunters have struggled on the road this year and have only won one of their seven away games this year (against Wynnum Manly in Round 10.)
- Jets flyer Wes Conlon (on 463 points) needs 12 more point to overtake Brendon Lindsay (on 474) to become the Jets second highest Cup points scorer. Steven West has the most with 594.
Tweed Heads Seagulls v Norths Devils
Piggabeen Sports Complex on Saturday, June 16 – 1.10pm*
Live on Channel 9 QLD – broadcast from 1pm
Head-to-Head: Norths 15 Tweed 12 Drawn 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #THSvDEVILS
- This weekend’s TV game sees a Devils side on the improve face off against at Seagulls side who have been struck by injury of late – last week losing skipper Cheyne Whitelaw to a serious knee injury. It comes as another heavy blow after Brayden McGrady was ruled out only weeks earlier with an ACL injury.
- Norths too have been struck by injury to a key member of their team, with playmaker Todd Murphy going down in his side’s win over Redcliffe last week. Zach Strasser – who was originally selected for XXXX Queensland Rangers – has been named in his place.
- While this is a Tweed Heads home game; it will hold little fear for the Devils who have won three of their past four games at Piggabeen.
- The Gulls though have been in good form of late and have been triumphant in their past four home games; whereas Norths have lost their past three and four of their past five away games.
>>> The XXXX Queensland Resident team will be named at halftime of this game – so don’t forget to tune in to see which players have earned selection in this year’s line-up to take on NSW Residents as the curtain-raiser to the Men’s State of Origin match on Sunday, June 24.
Townsville Blackhawks v Mackay Cutters
Jack Manski Oval on Saturday, June 16 – 6pm
Head-to-Head: Townsville 6 Mackay 0 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #TSVBvMC
- Mackay have a hard task to break their duck against a Townsville site hitting their stride.
- However, they did secure a draw last season when they faced off in Mackay.
- Townsville though have won all three games between these two sides played at Jack Manski Oval; twice winning by more than 40 points.
- The Cutters are still aiming to claim their 100th Cup win
- He’s listed as 18th man currently; but if he plays, this will be Cup game number 50 for big Mackay winger Johnny Faletagoa'i. Keep an eye on the Intrust Super Cup Instagram page this weekend as he will be manning the take-over for Round 15.
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Northern Pride
BMD Kougari Oval on Saturday, June 16 – 7pm
Head-to-Head: Pride 11 Wynnum 10
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #WYNvPRIDE
Livestream: Seagulls TV
- Both sides come into this game with good wins; the Seagulls upset the Jets; while the Pride stole a win after the siren against the Bears with Jake Clifford nailing a sideline conversion (see below)
- Wynnum Manly’s win last weekend against Ipswich was their first home win in eight games.
- Gulls winger Daniel Ogden scored a try in the win and only needs one more to be the first player to bring up 150 Cup tries. If he does this weekend, it will come in his 189th Cup game.
- Pride centre Brett Anderson is set to play his 141st game for the Pride this weekend, passing Ben Spina to move to third most games for the behind former skipper Jason Roos (164 games) and Ryan Ghietti (who will be playing his 155th on Saturday.)
- In more milestone news; Seagulls skipper Mitchell Frei (pictured above) will play his 100th Cup game (he was also previously with Norths); while hooker Mitch Cronin will play his 50th game for Wynnum Manly and his 81st overall having played at Souths previously.
Burleigh Bears v Sunshine Coast Falcons
Pizzey Park on Sunday, June 17 – 2pm
Head-to-Head: Burleigh 13 Sunshine Coast 5
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #BEARSvSCF
- The Bears and Falcons meet for the second time this year and it will be the Sunshine Coast team looking to turn the tables after their 34-22 defeat at the hands of Burleigh in Round 1.
- Sunshine Coast have won the last 2 games between these sides at Pizzey Park.
- Burleigh's loss to the Northern Pride last week was their first home defeat in seven games.
- Sunshine Coast have lost three of their last four away games, but they take some good form into this one after a 14-8 win over Souths Logan last weekend.
- Matt Soper-Lawler has moved to 25 tries for Sunshine Coast, now in third place in the club history books behind Dennis Sandow (28) and Ryley Jacks (27).
Easts Tigers v CQ Capras
Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park on Sunday, June 17 – 2pm
Head-to-Head: Easts 31 Central 10 Drawn 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #TIGESvCQC
- Winger Junior Kirisome plays his 50th Intrust Super Cup game for the Capras.
- The two teams meet for the second time this year, with the Tigers looking to exact revenge after a 15-14 opening round loss to the CQ team at Browne Park. Blake Goodman kicked the winning field goal in the 77th minute that day.
- Easts have four wins and a draw in the past five games between these two sides at Langlands Park.
- Last week was only the fourth occasion in the Statewide competition that Easts have been held scoreless, and the first time since 2011 when they lost by the same score (32-0) to Burleigh at Pizzey Park
- Central have lost their past six games and have 11 losses and a draw (Townsville) in their last 12 away games.
Souths Logan Magpies v Redcliffe Dolphins
Davies Park on Sunday, June 17 – 3pm
Head-to-Head: Redcliffe 31 Souths-Logan 11 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #SLMvPHINS
- Classy halfback Sam Scarlett plays his 50th game for the Magpies and he’ll go up against another game breaker in the form of Dolphins livewire Cameron Cullen.
- These teams met in Round 1 when Guy Hamilton kicked a penalty goal after the siren to hand the Magpies a 16-15 win.
- Souths Logan have won their last five, and seven of their last eight games at Davies Park.
- Redcliffe have won four of their last six away games, although they have lost two of their last three.
- Promising young forward David Fifita, who played for the Queensland Under 18s earlier this month, will pack down in the second row for the Magpies.
*Statistics by Brad Tallon
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