This weekend’s Round 16 of the Intrust Super Cup sees the Townsville Blackhawks take on the Mackay Cutters in a Friday night game – however, the club will taking a detour on their way to Mackay.
Sitting almost half way between Townsville and Mackay is the beautiful seaside town of Bowen, part of the Blackhawks footprint, and the perfect place to stop on a road trip.
Match: Cutters v Blackhawks
Round 16 -
Venue: BB Print Stadium Mackay
The team will be stopping and holding their captain’s run at the Bowen Seagulls Junior Rugby League Club this afternoon and are happy for rugby league fans to stop by to watch the team prepare for their northern derby.
“Bowen is the perfect place for us to stop,” Mendi Blackhawks Development Office Tim Nugent said.
“We really enjoy our times there and felt this was a good opportunity to give something back to the community.
“Visits like this reinforce that there is a direct pathway for their juniors to be able to reach the next level of football.”
Prior to the full team arriving, Nugent, Blackhawks player and Bowen local Temone Power and some of the local coaches will be holding a skills clinic for junior players.
“Once the team arrives, they can watch the Mendi Blackhawks captain’s run, meet the players and get their posters signed,” Nugent said.
The town has a thriving rugby league community, and has produced many quality players already, including North Queensland Cowboy Corey Jensen, Blackhawks star Power, this year’s Blackhawks Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup Under 18 captain Joey Jensen and Jackson Dyne.
Born and bred in Bowen, Power said he was looking forward to returning to his home town.
“I’ve loved growing up in Bowen,” Power said. “The Bowen Seagulls are a great club and I’m really looking forward to returning home to see everyone.
“I want them to know that this is where I started, and that they can live in Bowen or any regional town and still have the same opportunities to reach the next level of rugby league as anyone.”
The clinic kicks off at 4.30pm today (July 4) at the Bowen Seagulls Junior Rugby League Club.