GC glitz, score to settle at Kyogle
By STEVE SPINKS
A TOUCH of the Gold Coast will come to New Park, Kyogle, tonight.
No, there won't be any bikini-clad meter maids servicing the Summerland Way.
One of Kyogle rugby league club's major sponsors, Gold Coast property developer Steve Sherman, will make a dramatic entrance via helicopter with new NRL Gold Coast club football manager Scott Sattler.
Sherman will be on hand to watch the Turkeys take on arch-rivals Kyogle, while Sattler will continue his recruitment drive of local juniors for the new Gold Coast side.
"Sattler will be making an appearance to see young Gibbo (Cameron Gibson), Will Mathews and Shannon Walker (Kyogle Under-18s)," Kyogle captain-coach Brad Purtell said.
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"The sponsor will be flying down in a chopper and landing at the football ground."
Gibson, Mathews and Walker represent three of a host of talented Under-18s players being chased by the NRL's newest team.
The spectacular appearance of Sherman will put the icing on the cake for what should be an interesting night of football.
It is the final round in the Local Derby Shield, held annually between the teams.
Honours are even this season with each side having notching a win.
This makes tonight's match vitally important, even though both sides are out of semi-final contention.
Adding further feeling to the clash, is an alleged incident between players from both clubs at the Casino RSM Club recently.
Kyogle have suffered at the hands of Marist Brothers and Mullumbimby in recent weeks and will need to stiffen their defence if they hope to knock over the vastly improved Cougars.
Casino have beaten competition high-flyers Cudgen and South Grafton, while they also recorded a good victory over South Tweed.
If the Cougars can notch up another victory it would be their fourth straight.
Casino have named the same team that beat South Grafton last Saturday, while Kyogle have added fullback Ryan Pringle.
CASINO: Fullback, Ben Birney; wingers, Todd Walker, Tim Stark; centres, Gary Roberts, Jeff Butta; five-eighth, Cameron George; halfback, Matt Roberts; props, Dene Petty, Chris McGrath (c); hooker, Jason Blakey; second-rowers, Chad Pearce, Andy Barker; lock, Kirk Hancock. Bench: Clint Vidler. Coach: Cavill Heugh.
KYOGLE: Fullback, Ryan Pringle; wingers, Zac Royal, Zeke Walker; centres, Tom Ivanusa, Athol Williams; five-eighth, Josh Foley; halfback, Sam Daley; props, Dave Mulcahy, Christian Mene; hooker, Todd Newton; second-rowers, Brad Purtell, Brent McBride; lock, Joe Painter. Bench: TBA. Coach: Brad Purtell.