Seagulls face up to Dolphins
THE opening round of the Intrust Super Cup Rugby League competition's 20th season is released and the Tweed Head Seagulls will play the Redcliffe Dolphins.
There will be a grand final replay between Northern Pride and East Tigers in the afternoon game on Sunday, March 8.
The round one intensity lifts another notch when competition newcomers Townsville Blackhawks host the Mackay Cutters in a historic northern derby between two of the North Queensland Cowboys' feeder teams.
Fresh from an excellent debut season in Queensland's premier competition, crowd favourites Papua New Guinea Hunters begin their 2015 campaign against Souths Logan Magpies at Davies Park.
Redcliffe Dolphins play Tweed Heads, Central Queensland Capras meet Burleigh Bears, Sunshine Coast clash with Norths Devils and Ipswich Jets host Wynnum Manly Seagulls to complete the round.
It marks an explosive start to the first of 25 rounds as teams set off on their journey to qualify for the finals and ultimately the September 27 grand final.
"You only have to look at the round one match-ups to get a snapshot of the excitement that this competition will generate throughout the year," QRL Competitions and Representative co-ordinator Chris Rushton said.
"Our clubs continue to produce talented players and coaches, many of whom will capitalise on the pathways and opportunities on offer by securing NRL contracts before the season's end.
"To be able to celebrate the 20th year of this wonderful statewide competition marks a special time for everyone involved."