STOCKTAKE: Footy players Mitchell MacRae (left), from the Casino RSM Cougars, and Joey Mohammed, from the Casino Bulls, with one of the five sheep they will be playing against at the Casino Show on Saturday.
STOCKTAKE: Footy players Mitchell MacRae (left), from the Casino RSM Cougars, and Joey Mohammed, from the Casino Bulls, with one of the five sheep they will be playing against at the Casino Show on Saturday. Jacklyn Wagner

Bulls, Cougars take on sheep

ON ONE side will be a combined team of players from the Casino Bulls and the Casino Cougars. On the other side, sheep.

Yes, sheep.

A rugby game unlike any other will be held in the centre ring at Saturday's Casino Show.

Ten footballers will head-off against five sheep. Two dogs will act as linesmen.

The sheep, which have a psychological advantage after a recent appearance at the Bledisloe Cup, where they entertained the crowd before the game, are renowned for their ball handling skills.

“The sheep will be hard to stop when they get the ball,” coach Darcy Martin, of Sydney, said.

Veteran first grade Bulls footballer Joey Mohammed, 32, of Casino, said the players were excited about coming up against a new team.

“We hear they have a lot of speed,” Mr Mohammed said.

The humans will be preparing for the match by getting together to discuss potential strategies over a few beers this week.

The sheep were keeping quiet about their game plan.

The Casino Show will mark 120 years when the gates open on Saturday with a bill designed to attract youth.

Apart from football, an international freestyle motorbike team featuring two members of the Crusty Demons will entertain the crowds on Saturday night from 8.15.

The gates to the Casino Showground will open at 7.30am. Entry for adults is $10, pensioners $5 and children under 16 are $3.



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