SCORE: Isa to hostNRL trial

A PRE-SEASON NRL match is expected to be rubber stamped by the North Queensland Cowboys after key club officials met in Mount Isa yesterday.
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North Queensland football manager Peter Parr was in the city to inspect the grounds at Alec Inch Oval for the proposed clash with the Brisbane Broncos.

“We’re very confident with the way things have gone (yesterday) and we expect to make an official announcement in the next few days,” Mr Parr said.

He said he would return to the Cowboys base in Townsville with all the information for coach Neil Henry to assess, but expected the match to be approved.

Parr said the presence of newly-signed Mount Isa product Scott Prince for the Broncos would be a factor in attracting spectators to the match, but said the Cowboys knew the importance of their supporters in remote regions.

“Research shows we have a large fan base in Mount Isa and the surrounding areas,” he said.

“It’s great for the town and great for rugby league.”

North West NRL development officer Scott Kyle said the coup was the result of decades of hard work to lure the code back to the North West.

Mount Isa Mayor Tony McGrady said the benefits to the city would be enormous, and not just from football fanatics.

“In our 90th birthday year to have a game here will be fantastic, it will be well supported and get people from right around the district coming into our town,” he said.

Cr McGrady said the game was a testament to the city’s worth, as a number of team members and officials have a strong Mount Isa connection and are returning to their home.

He said the council would do what they could to support the iconic match, which would make Mount Isa a mecca for the weekend.

The clash is set down for February 9 and will be a historic milestone for the city, being the first event of its kind.

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