Dave Speed wears a Cougars jersey in a show of support for the locals.
Dave Speed wears a Cougars jersey in a show of support for the locals.

Footy fever grips Casino

By RENEE REDMOND

DAVE SPEED reckons the USA Emerging Tomahawks won't be any pushover when they go head-to-head with the Casino Cougars tonight.

The station officer at the NSW Fire Brigade in Casino yesterday said he would take his four children to the game, and they were all backing the Cougars.

"I think Casino will win for sure, but it'll be an entertaining game. I've seen the Tomahawks play before, and they're no pushover," he said.

The Tomahawks are on a five-match tour of South-East Queensland and Northern NSW.

The game starts at 6.30pm at the Queen Elizabeth Park in Casino with tickets costing $3.

Richmond Valley Meats manager Geoff Compton said he was barracking for the Cougars and sponsored them too, but thought USA would be a hard team to beat.

"It's an Aussie game. We can't let the Yanks beat us at it," he said.

"It'll be good for the Casino boys to show them what us Aussies are made of."

However, Mr Compton said he would like to see more international teams playing in Casino.

"It's great for rug- by league and for the town," he said.

CEO of American Rugby League, David Niu, said the Tomahawks would play with plenty of heart, but may come undone because of their lack of skill.

"They're still learning the game and they lack experience. The average age of the players is 20," he said.

"They come from other sporting backgrounds, and some have only played rugby league for a year," he said.

Mr Niu said the most exciting thing about playing in Casino was the support and enthusiasm of the town.

"Everyone is excited about us coming," he said.



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