July 18, 2019
If you get on down to Fred Kassulke Oval in Nanango on Sunday, you might just find yourself on TV … plus you’ll get to enjoy some top-class rugby league action!
Channel 9 will be broadcasting live the clash between competition leaders, the Sunshine Coast Falcons, and fifth placegetters Norths Devils in Round 18 of the QRL’s Intrust Super Cup.
This is the first time an Intrust game has been played in Nanango and it’s sure to be a big day.
The match is part of the annual “Get in the Game” Country Week round.
Other towns to host games this weekend are Pittsworth, Cloncurry, Thursday Island, Ingham and Ilfracombe in Queensland – and Wabag in Papua New Guinea – but Nanango has scored the all-important televised game.
The Falcons will be going into the game as red-hot favourites but Norths Devils shouldn’t be written off as they’ve been having a strong season as well.
It will be a coming home of sorts for Devils’ back Luke Pollock who was born in Nanango but played his junior rugby league for the Blackbutt Timbertowners before heading off to Ipswich.
His dad, Anthony, however was a true-blue Stag, playing both junior and senior football for Nanango.
The QRL players plan to come to the South Burnett ahead of the game to visit local schools.
The Stags will be hosting a full day of league action on Sunday as well as the InTrust game.
There’ll be a women’s exhibition match, junior games and at 3:00pm, the fourth-placed South Burnett Eagles U18s will be taking on second-placed Dalby Diehards in a TRL Under 18s game.
As part of Nanango’s weekend of league, Nanango RSL Club is hosting a Sportsman’s Dinner with Maroons legend Allan “Alfie” Langer on Saturday night (but, sorry, it’s all sold out!).
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Some info ahead of the Intrust Super Cup game (courtesy of the QRL):
- Sunshine Coast Falcons are on top of the ladder with 32 points, having lost only one game so far this season (against Redcliffe Dolphins on June 29); Norths Devils are in fifth spot
- Falcons defeated Norths 32-20 in their Round 4 encounter this year
- Falcons have won five of the last six games between the two sides
- Todd Murphy (782) is now the 10th highest scorer in Cup history, last week leapfrogging Jamal Fogarty (779). Murphy kicked his 300th Cup goal last weekend, and requires one more goal to bring up 100 for the Falcons
- The Sunshine Coast’s Jon Reuben (17) is now only two tries short of the club’s season record of 19 set by Ryley Jacks in 2016
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|Sunshine Coast Falcons
1. Nat McGavin
2. Sandor Earl
5. Nathan Saumalu
4. Siti Moceidreke
3. Jon Reuben
6. Caleb Daunt
7. Todd Murphy
18. Jordin Leiu
9. Harry Grant
10. Trent Schaumkel
11. Dane Hogan
12. Chris Lewis
15. Sam Burns
1. Jack Ahearn
2. Luke Pollock
3. Henry Penn
4. Connor Broadhurst
5. Paul Ulberg
6. Zach Strasser
7. Troy Dargin
8. Riley Leota
9. Michael Sio
10. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
11. Moses Noovao-McGreal
12. Brendan Frei
13. Pride Petterson-Robati
NB. Numerals are jersey numbers
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- 9:00am – Under 12s – Nanango v Kingaroy
- 10:00am – Under 14s – Nanango v Chinchilla
- 11:00am – Women’s game (SB Under 17s and Open exhibition game)
- 1:00pm – Intrust Super Cup – Sunshine Coast Falcons v North Devils
- 3:00pm – Under 18s – South Burnett v Dalby
Gates open at 8:00am
Adults $10; children under 16 free.
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The Intrust Super Cup game will be broadcast live on Sunday (July 21) at 1:00pm on Channel 9.