Casino hosts League of Nations
By STEVE SPINKS
FORMER Queensland State of Origin player Cavill Heugh is adamant that he won't be pulling on the boots when the Casino Cougars take on the USA Emerging Tomahawks at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino, tonight.
There had been some talk that Heugh, who has taken over as head coach of the Cougars this season, would make a special appearance if former NSW State or Origin player and now Tomahawks coach John Cartwright would pull on the boots.
However, Heugh has ruled out any cameo appearance.
"I did have something going with Dean Petty (Casino prop), that if he pulled the boots on I might," Heugh admitted.
"But I've got an old injury and I don't think I should play anymore at 42."
If Heugh and Cartwright did take to the field, it wouldn't be the first time the two had clashed.
During the second-rower's career with Illawarra, Heugh came up against Cartwright, who was playing with the Penrith Panthers.
Adding to tonight's curiosity will be referee Bill Harrigan.
Harrigan was the top National Rugby League whistleblower until he retired at the end of the 2003 season.
He agreed to referee the match as a favour to his mate ? Casino businessman Stuart George.
Personalities aside, the action on the football field should prove interesting.
The Tomahawks have lost their first two tour matches.
One was a 56-6 flogging at the hands of a combined Group 2 side on Australian Day and the other a 50-6 loss against Runaway Bay last Saturday.
Heugh has named a strong Casino side for the game, but will be missing key signings Clinton Torrens and Englishman Andy Jarrett.
However, brilliant halfback, Wes Torrens, has rejoined his former club.
Torrens played for Lower Clarence last year and was hardly sighted as he barely broke into first grade. His addition to the Cougars is a huge bonus.
The match starts at 6.30pm with the cost of entry $3.
A curtain-raiser will be played between the Tweed Seagulls and Casino Under-16 teams from 5.15pm.