This weekend, the Intrust Super Cup celebrates the Harvey Norman Women in League Round - highlighting the various and vital roles women play in the game; from on the field as players and match officials; to dedicated volunteers and passionate fans.
A number of clubs will get into the spirit of the round with special functions; while others will wear jerseys especially for the occasion.
Ipswich Jets v CQ Capras
North Ipswich Reserve, Saturday, August 11 – 1.10pm*
Live on Channel 9 from 1pm
Head-to-Head: Ipswich 28 Central 13 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #JETSvCQC
- After thrilling back-to-back wins over title contenders Redcliffe and Sunshine Coast, the Jets will be on a mission to maintain the rage against the CQ Capras. A Round 22 win will keep the Ipswich team in the hunt for the play-offs, while anything less will almost certainly spell the end of the finals aspirations.
- Central have lost their past four games; and their last 14 away games – but they can take confidence from their 28-18 defeat of the Jets in Round of this year’s competition.
- Ipswich have won their past six games against Central at North Ipswich (Central's last win there was in 2006).
- According to QRL status guru Brad Tallon, the first point of this game will be the 6000th in the competition this year.
- Jets flyer Marmin Barba scored his 67th Cup try for the Jets last week, making him their equal Cup top try scorer with Donald Malone.
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Townsville Blackhawks v Redcliffe Dolphins
Jack Manski Oval, Saturday, August 11 – 2pm
Head-to-Head: Townsville 4 Redcliffe 3
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #TSVBvPHINS
- This top-of-the-table showdown is shaping as one of the highlights of the season, with the winner to nudge a step closer to securing the minor premiership.
- Redcliffe have won three of their last four games against Townsville, including this year’s Round 4 clash 26-14.
- Townsville maintained their outright lead on the competition ladder, despite last weekend’s 27-24 loss to the Norths Devils. The Blackhawks rallied inside the final 10 minutes, with late tries to Krys Freeman and Zac Santo getting them close.
- Redcliffe was held to a surprise 16-16 draw against bottom-placed Mackay Cutters last weekend.
Mackay Cutters v Northern Pride
BB Print Stadium Mackay, Saturday, August 11 – 6pm
Head-to-Head: Pride 16 Mackay 6
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #MCvPRIDE
- The Pride can take a giant step towards securing their spot in the top six with a win over northern rivals the Mackay Cutters. The Pride have won five of the past six games between these two sides; and the last four in Mackay.
- Cutters lock forward Bennett Leslie grabbed two tries last weekend in his team’s 16-16 draw against the Dolphins. Mackay have lost their last six home games, and don't have a win in their past 11 games.
- Pride have lost their last three away games, but will carry some good form into this one after a last-start 38-10 win over CQ. Speedster Gideon Gela-Mosby crossed for two tries in that win.
- Mackay are going for their 100th Cup win in their 250th game; while the Pride are trying to avoid their 100th loss in their 260th Cup game.
Sunshine Coast Falcons v Easts Tigers
Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunday, August 12 – 2pm
Head-to-Head: Easts 12 Sunshine Coast 6 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #SCFvTIGES
- Cup stalwart Tom Butterfield (pictured above) plays his 200th career match in the top grade. In doing so, he becomes the 16th player to player to reach the prestigious milestone. A tenacious and skilful hooker, Butterfield has given tremendous service to both the Tigers and Redcliffe Dolphins,
- Sunshine Coast have only won one of their past six home games against Easts, while the Tigers have won their last three away games.
- Falcons halfback Ryley Jacks crossed the line against Ipswich last weekend for his 29th overall try for the club, passing Dennis Sandow and Matt Soper-Lawler (28).
- Easts winger Jarrod McInally is also on the verge of a milestone, with the former Sydney Bulldog needing one more try to bring up 50 for the Tigers (he also scored 36 for Ipswich).
- The Falcons will be hosting a Women in Sport function in a sideline corporate marquee.
Souths Logan Magpies v Burleigh Bears
Davies Park, Sunday, August 12 – 2pm
Head-to-Head: Burleigh 24 Souths Logan 13 Drawn 3
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #SLMvBEARS
Livestream: Bears TV
- The Magpies toughed it out against the PNG Hunters last weekend, but were unable to overcome them in a tough match; leaving their finals hopes hanging by a thread.
- The Bears however stayed in the hunt for a top two finish with a strong win over Wynnum Manly.
- The last time these two sides met in Round 4; the Bears proved too strong at home, claiming a 40-28 win.
- While Souths Logan have lost their past three, and eighth of their past nine games; they have won two of their past three games against Burleigh at Davies Park and will be looking for that run to continue.
- The Bears have also lost three of their past four game on the road.
Tweed Heads Seagulls v PNG Hunters
Piggabeen Sports Complex, Sunday, August 12 – 2.15pm
Head-to-Head: PNG 6 Tweed 3
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #THSvPNG
- The Seagulls will be looking to channel the spirit of their 2017 team who managed to upset the more-fancied Hunters twice last year; including their final round triumph that lifted them off the bottom of the Intrust Super Cup ladder.
- While finals now seem unlikely for the Gulls; a win here could keep them in the running, with the ladder still highly congested affair.
- The Hunters too will be desperate to claim just their third away win of the season; having climbed into the top six last weekend with a hard-fought win over Souths Logan.
- Tweed Heads have won two of the past three games between these two sides; but both teams have won two games at Piggabeen head-to-head.
- To celebrate Women in League Round, the Tweed Heads Seagulls will be hosting a Family Fun Day. Details here à Tweed Heads Seagulls Family Fun Day
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Norths Devils
BMD Kougari Oval, Sunday, August 12 – 3pm
Head-to-Head: Wynnum 23 Norths 19 Drawn 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #WYNvDEVILS
- The Devils upset the Townsville Blackhawks last weekend and will aim to consolidate that win with good result over Brisbane rivals Wynnum Manly this weekend.
- The Seagulls had found form recently, but came unstuck against a classy Bears outfit last weekend.
- Last time the Devils and Wynnum Manly met; it was a 38-26 win for the Devils at Bishop Park, their first win over the Seagulls in 11 games.
- However, Wynnum Manly have a solid record over their opposition at BMD Kougari Oval and have claimed the past game played there against the Devils.
- While it was a welcome home win for Norths last weekend, they have lost five of their past six away games.
- The Devils will be without boom centre Gehamat Shibasaki for this game, with the youngster making his NRL debut with the Broncos.
- This will be the 50th Cup game for Wynnum Manly forward Salesi Funaki.
- Joining him amongst the milestone is his team-mate Daniel Ogden (pictured above) who will play his 100th game of the club. It will be his 194th overall; having also previously played for this weekend opponents the Devils.
*Statistics by Brad Tallon
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