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Match 2019 ISC Round 1 - Northern Pride (H) v Redcliffe Dolphins

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Northern Pride (22)


1. Jack Murphy
2. Nene Macdonald 1t
3. Shaun Bowen 1t
4. Enari Tuala
5. Gideon Gela-Mosby 1t
6. Jake Clifford
3g
7. Jordan Biondi-Odo
8. Aidan Day
9. Connor Jones
10. William Bugden
11. Hugh Sedger
12. Tom Hancock 1t
13. Peter Hola

Interchange:
14. Denzel King
15. Cameron Torpy
16. Matolu Laumea
17. Maurice Blair

Coach: Ty Williams

Redcliffe Dolphins (18)


1. Trai Fuller
2. Josh Beehag
3. Aaron Whitchurch
4. Justice Utatao
5. Jeremy Hawkins
6. Bryce Donovan 1g
7. Cory Paix
8. Jordan Grant
9. Hugh Pratt
10. Nick Brown 1t
11. Scott Schulte 1t
12. Jamil Hopoate
13. James Taylor

Interchange:
11. Brayden Dee 1t
15. Taylor Brown 1t
17. Harrison Smith
20. Tom Geraghty

Coach: Adam Mogg
 
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North Queensland Cowboys player allocations for the Northern Pride

Jordan McLean
Gavin Cooper
Scott Bolton
Nene Macdonald
Coen Hess
Ben Hampton
Javid Bowen
Gideon Gela-Mosby
Jake Clifford
Enari Tuala
Kurt Baptiste

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The Cowboys who could line up for the Pride this season
Matthew McInerney, Cairns Post, 3 March 2019.
State of Origin stars and North Queensland’s most exciting backline stars could line up for the Northern Pride this Intrust Super Cup season.
The Cairns Post can reveal the 11 Cowboys who will turn out for the Pride should they not be selected for the club’s NRL side.
The majority of allocation are men who played their junior footy in the Far North or Papua New Guinea.
Recently-departed Ethan Lowe was locked in as a Pride-allocated player until his departure to Wayne Bennett’s South Sydney Rabbitohs. Lowe, who won a premiership at the Pride in 2014, played for Souths in the club’s 36-24 Charity Shield win on Saturday.
  • Jordan McLean
The front-rower played 86 games for Melbourne Storm before he was signed by North Queensland at the end of 2017. He managed only 10 appearances last season due to a foot injury. McLean was recalled to the Australian team at the end of the year, and played for the Prime Minister’s XIII against Papua New Guinea in October.
  • Gavin Cooper
A product of Murgon with stints at three clubs in 13 clubs, Gavin Cooper has become a permanent fixture in North Queensland’s forward pack. While he enjoyed stints at the Gold Coast and Penrith, it is at the Cowboys he cemented his reputation as one of the most reliable men in the forwards. He played 23 games for the Cowboys last year, and has amassed 208 games for the club over his career, including the historic grand final win in 2015.
  • Scott Bolton
A strong 2018 campaign in which he played 22 games extended Scott Bolton’s career in Cowboys colours after he seemingly on the way out. Injuries gave Bolton his chance last year and he made it count, providing the Cowboys a reliable front-rower on whom they could depend. The Innisfail product will spend the first five weeks of the season on the sidelines due to suspension, but will aim to add to his 228 games for North Queensland.
  • Nene Macdonald
The Papua New Guinean flyer has returned home to North Queensland for 2019, but Townsville is about as far north as he’ll hope to go. Macdonald, who played his junior footy for Cairns Brothers, has played 91 NRL games at Sydney, Gold Coast and St George-Illawarra. He is in contention to jag a starting backline spot for the Cowboys but will return to Barlow Park if he’s overlooked.
  • Coen Hess
The Bundaberg-born second-rower has a penchant for damaging ball-running and scoring tries by hitting holes at speed. If Coen Hess isn’t hanging off Michael Morgan’s shoulder for an inside ball he will be hitting holes at Barlow Park. The Queensland Origin star has scored 25 tries in 59 NRL games and will add to both totals if he stays fit.
  • Ben Hampton
The former Mareeba junior is just two weeks from celebrating 50 games for the Cowboys after two years in North Queensland. He spent four seasons in Melbourne but has earned more minutes since he moved to the Cowboys. The 27-year-old is fighting with several fellow Far North products for a starting centre position, but his utility value makes him an enticing option for any bench.
  • Javid Bowen
He is locked in the battle for a starting position but Javid Bowen is the most likely outside back to return to the Pride. He has played 74 games for the Cairns side since he joined the Pride in 2013, scoring 43 tries and kicking 13 goals for a career haul of 198 points. Bowen will have no problems slotting into the Pride system with which he is familiar.
  • Gideon Gela-Mosby
A speedy outside back with elite try-scoring ability, Gideon Gela-Mosby will provide Northern Pride with plenty of familiar strike-power. He has played just eight NRL games for the Cowboys in the past two years, and like Javid Bowen will likely return to the Pride and add to his 27 Intrust Super Cup games. Should Paul Green give him the nod, the Cowboys would boast a fast, hard-hitting back who can sniff out a try.
  • Jake Clifford
He has long been touted the next big thing but Jake Clifford is still neck-and-neck with Te Maire Martin to start the season as the Cowboys’ five-eighth. Martin was seemingly given the nod weeks ago, but Clifford’s performances in the trials has given coach Paul Green plenty to consider. Should Clifford be overlooked by the Cowboys, he will give the Pride an elite halfback around whom they can build a premiership team.
  • Enari Tuala
Former Edmonton Storm product Enari Tuala has worked hard during the off-season to lock down a starting centre spot. Like Hampton, Tuala is a proven performer at NRL level but the Cowboys’ lack of success last season could make it easy to discount the Far North product. Tuala played 12 games for the Pride last season, scoring five tries, and would no doubt give Ty Williams another strike weapon to exploit.
  • Kurt Baptiste
He has played everywhere, from Brisbane to Canberra to Sydney, and now Kurt Baptiste finds himself at the North Queensland where he is desperate to earn a start in the NRL squad. Baptiste played nine NRL games for the Roosters last year, but spent much of his time in the New South Wales Cup playing for Wyong. He would provide the Pride with plenty of experience, gained through 70 NRL games and six for Papua New Guinea.
 

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Pride co-captain David Murphy ruled out of opening rounds
Rowan Sparkes, Cairns Post, 3 March 2019.

The Northern Pride will start the 2019 season without the services of co-captain David Murphy, with the star forward expected to sit for 6-8 weeks as he recovers from a knee injury. Murphy suffered the injury in the club’s trial match against the Townsville Blackhawks on February 23, but the extent of the damage was largely unknown until the weekend.

Speaking with the Cairns Post at the Pride’s 2019 season launch on Saturday, Murphy said it had been an anxious wait to find out more about the injury. “I had my scans last Monday but I was down in Sydney for work for the week and they couldn’t access them on the database up here,” he said. “I showed our club physio (on Saturday morning) and he said my PCL was snapped. He said the meniscus and everything else looked all right, but he wasn’t 100 per cent.”

Murphy said it was still unclear how long he would be on the sidelines, but he is pushing for a Round 4 return at this stage. “They don’t really give you're a time frame because you can play without your PCL,” he said. “Hopefully, I shouldn’t need surgery, so it’ll mainly be about getting into rehab and getting that stability back in the knee. Once I tick all the boxes with lateral movements and (the knee’s) right, I’ll be good to go. I’ll be doing rehab every day to try and get myself back early.” Murphy said the knee was feeling “heaps better” one week after the incident.

Despite his absence in this Saturday’s season opener against Redcliffe at Barlow Park, Murphy said he was looking forward to seeing his teammates take the field after months of hard work in the pre-season.

“We’ve been looking sharp at training and ticking all the boxes,” he said. “It’ll be good to see how some of the young boys step up and go against Redcliffe, who are arguably going to be the team to beat this year.”

Aidan Day and Matolu Laumea were nominated as possible replacements.

Murphy said no matter who coach Ty Williams picks for the weekend’s clash, he would have the utmost confidence in the squad. “Most years I feel like I could pick the team, but this year I don’t have a clue,” he said. “But there isn’t anyone in our squad that isn’t up to Intrust Super Cup level. A lot of our younger boys have shown that they’re ready to step up.”
 

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Injury blow for Redcliffe skipper
QRL Media, 8 February 2019

The Village Motors Redcliffe Dolphins received some unwelcome news over the weekend with the club’s 2018 premiership-winning captain Cameron Cullen suffering a season-ending knee injury.
The injury was sustained innocuously while participating in a charity touch football match.
 

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That looks a strong looking Pride side especially if some of those Cowboys fail to gain a start with the NRL side. Reminds me of the time, seems way back when, the Cutters won the QLD Cup.

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Anybody know if the Pride are streaming their game this Saturday night. Last year nearly all the clubs had a stream of their games, but at this stage I have not seen any information.

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Intrust Super Cup 2019 Season Predictions
Connor O’Brien, Gold Coast Bulletin, 5 March 2019.

Tip: 1st TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS
Last season: 3rd (finals week one)
Every year, the Blackhawks have what looks like an unbeatable list and every year they seem to fall just short. With a new influx of standout additions, can this be the year that the club breaks through for a maiden premiership?
Coach Aaron Payne says "When you go through something like what we’ve experienced (flooding) in Townsville, it puts a lot of stuff into perspective, that it’s just a game. It puts us a bit behind the eight-ball and we probably missed about five sessions due to the water, but up until then we were going really well. The main thing to put into perspective is that grand finals aren’t won and lost at this time of year."

2nd - BURLEIGH BEARS
3rd - WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS
4th - SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS
5th - IPSWICH JETS
6th - EASTS TIGERS
7th - SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES
8th - REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS
9th - TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS
10th - CENTRAL QUEENSLAND CAPRAS
11th - NORTHS DEVILS

Tip: 12th NORTHERN PRIDE
Last season: 4th (finals week one)
The Cairns-based outfit did a stellar job last season but may find it hard to back it up in 2019 after losing a wealth of experience. They have, however, added veteran former NRL and Super League utility Maurice Blair late in the pre-season in a timely boost.
Coach Ty Williams says "The first four rounds – Redcliffe, Hunters, Blackhawks and Ipswich – it doesn’t get any tougher, so our target is that first month and then to see how we’re tracking from there. We’ve got a lot of those players who can play eyes-up footy and that’s something that we were thinking about with our recruitment."

13th - PNG HUNTERS

Tip: 14th MACKAY CUTTERS
Last season: 14th
A combination of key departures and the loss of pre-season signing Jarrod Brackenhofer means it’s hard to see the Cutters climbing off the bottom of the ladder. Can they prove the critics wrong and return to their 2017 mid-table level of play?
Coach Steve Sheppard says "We tell our players that a bit of chaos comes around and you need to adapt and overcome, so we’ll look forward and stick to the processes we think are right. Things happen for a reason and things will work out in the end."
 

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Round 1 TEAMS.

Northern Pride:

1. Jack Murphy
2. Nene MacDonald*
3. Shawn Bowen
4. Enari Tuala*
5. Gideon Gela-Mosby*
6. Jack Clifford*
7. Jordan Biondi-Odo
8. Aidan Day
9. Connor Jones
10. Will Bugden
11. Hugh Sedger
12. Tom Hancock (c)
13. Pete Hola*

14. Denzel King
15. Cameron Torpy
16. Matolu Laumea
17. Maurice Blair
18. Jack Campagnolo
19. Matthew Musumeci
20. Bradley Stephen
(*Cowboys allocation)

Unavailable for the Pride:
Co-captain David Murphy (knee, 6-8 weeks)
Dominic Biondi (wrist, four weeks)
Brayden Torpy (shoulder, 1-2 weeks)

Redcliffe Dolphins:
1. Trai Fuller
2. Josh Beehag
3. Aaron Whitchurch
4. Justice Utatao
5. Jeremy Hawkins
6. Bryce Donovan
7. Cory Paix
8. Nick Brown
9. Hugh Pratt
10. Jordan Grant
11. Brayden Dee
12. Jamil Hopoate
13. James Taylor

14. Harrison Smith
15. Taylor Brown
16. Fabien Kiri
17. Scott Schulte
18. Tom Geraghty
 
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What is the background of Shawn Bowen, the Number 3 for the Pride.
 

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Shawn Bowen

Date of Birth: 22 October 1996
Born: Mossman, QLD
Age: 22
Played for CDRL Mossman-Port Douglas Sharks.
2013: Confraternity shield QLD for Under 17's
2013: Lloyd McDermott Indigenous Australian Rugby Union Under 17 Tour to France.
2016 Signed to the Northern Pride portability program
2017: Signed to the Pride full-time.
2017: Northern Pride played 7 games, won 2, scored 5 tries.
2018: Northern Pride played 10 games, won 6, scored 8 tries.

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Great catch by Nene to diffuse that kick.
 

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Great work from Tuala. Breaks through and offloads to put Gideon away who kicked for Tom Hancock to score.
 

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Hola with some strong carries so far.
 

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Nene has drawn two penalties after strong runs from his own end. Looking good.
 

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Nene looks awesome.

Tuala looks a class above too.
 
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