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20 June, 2021

Mackay to duke it out with Toowoomba

THIS SATURDAY (June 19) will see Mackay duke it out with Toowoomba for a spot in the inaugural XXXX chairman’s challenge final.

By Andrew Sorensen

Mackay Regional Council Mayor, Greg Williamson, said the Sugar City earned their spot in the semi-finals “by the Foley Shield in Townsville a couple of weeks ago”.

“We’re here because we won the Foley Shield and we’re playing Toowoomba Saturday night at BB Print Stadium,” Mayor Williamson said.

“We want to fill the stadium and show how Mackay is truly a rugby league town.

“We need to support our team, because this will be the inaugural championships in Queensland, where we get all these local teams playing together.”

Mayor Williamson was proud of Mackay’s efforts in winning the Foley Shield against Townsville, where he encouraged everyone to rally behind the team for this Saturday.

“To see this sort of event happening now, it really starts to give pathway pr grams for young people to get into rugby league,” he said.

“We’re not talking about elite level sports – we’re talking about our team, a Mackay based A-grade team that’s now got a spot on the semi’s.

“Hopefully, we’ll have spot on the finals.”

Mackay Fullback Ben Barba expects this Saturday’s game to be a tough match.

“(These games) are always going to be tough, but we have some good players here,” Mr Barba said.

“In Mackay. After winning the first round in Townsville, I think the guys are pretty confident and really excited about this game.

“In my eyes, Mackay’s always been up there. It’s good to really be able to showcase that this weekend and show how strong the footy talent is up here.

“I’m just looking forward to it, as the other 16 guys are.”

Head Coach Steve Jackson is excited about the clash.

“We’ve won the Foley shield final a few weeks ago and we were the underdogs in that match,” Mr Jackson said.

“To come into this match is a bonus – it’s a semifinal, going on to maybe the state title.”

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