Category: ISC

Devils dismantle Blackhawks in style

The Norths Devils unleashed another strong defensive effort tonight to dismantle the Townsville Blackhawks 22-10 in their Intrust Super Cup clash at Bishop Park.

The Devils’ attacking style has been a talking point since coach Rohan Smith took over for the 2018 season, proving difficult for some opponents to handle when Norths have shifted the ball.

But the Devils put a price on their defence and it has shown in recent weeks as they have surged to a 5-2 start to the season.

The Devils allowed only one try against PNG Hunters two weeks ago while Ipswich scored twice against them last weekend. Tonight, a Blackhawks team stacked with NRL experience scored twice – both from Devils’ errors including a 77th minute consolation try.

In response, the Devils unleashed four of their own tries to delight a strong Easter Saturday crowd at Bishop Park.

That crowd roared its loudest when teenaged prop Ethan Bullemor split the Blackhawks in the 51st minute, steaming more than 40 metres to score beneath the posts.

It was Bullemor’s second try of the night and another reason why the Broncos-contracted kid from Springsure is a player to watch.

That try pushed the Devils to a 22-6 lead which they held well with their defence despite the slippery conditions. The rain held off for the match but the downpours earlier in the day meant that the teams had to adjust.

The Devils did that best, with winger Paul Ulberg opening the scoring when he sliced over from dummy half in the 12th minute.

From the restart, the Devils showed that attacking style that has blossomed under Smith. Skipper Jack Ahearn split the Blackhawks for a long-range run, ending with impressive Broncos half Sean O’Sullivan linking with PNG international Nixon Putt for a slick try.

Winger Herbie Farnworth, among the best tonight in a quality team performance for Norths, brought up 50 points for the season.

Bullemor’s first try in the 34th minute pushed the Devils to a 16-6 halftime lead that proved too much for the Blackhawks to reel in. Devils backrower Brandon Lee, playing his 49th ISC match, delivered some of the best hits in defence including two that forced turnovers close to the Devils’ line.

The Blackhawks’ 24th minute try to backrower and Norths junior Tom Gilbert kept the visitors within sight of the lead but the game had got away by the time Kalifa Faifai Loa pounced on a dropped ball, chipping ahead to score in the left corner.

That left only 80 seconds remaining in the match, enough for the Devils to consolidate their position near the top of the ladder.




A rush of colour is coming to the Intrust Super Cup

Colour Rush 2019 will be celebrated in round 7 of the rugby league Intrust Super Cup. On the 18th – 21st April 2019 the 5 Intrust Super Cup teams that are proudly supported by EMU Sportswear and EV2 will run onto the field in their exclusive Colour Rush 2019 jerseys.

“The Colour Rush initiative celebrates the fun and excitement of the Intrust Super Cup,” said John Short Managing Director of EMU Sportswear and EV2.

“We have been having fun and innovating with the Queensland Rugby League for over 40 years. Rugby league is fun, every weekend these teams take the field playing the game they love. We love getting involved and bring the fun as much possible,” he added.

“The 5 clubs involved have really got behind Colour Rush 2019 and will be using Facebook and Instagram with hashtag #colourrush2019 to showcase the brightly coloured teamwear and the club game activities they have planned,” said John.

The EMU Sportswear and EV2 teams involved are:

  • Mendi Blackhawks – wearing green
  • SP Hunters – wearing red
  • Norths Devils – wearing blue
  • Northern Pride – wearing orange
  • Wynnum Manly Seagulls – wearing white

Supporters are encouraged to get their exclusive Colour Rush 2019 merchandise and support their teams in round 7.

“Colour Rush 2019 is a fun and exciting initiative that we are proud to be involved in,” commented John.

“We wish all of the teams involved the very best of luck with their games in round 7,” he added.

EMU Sportswear and EV2 are licensed Queensland Rugby League sportswear suppliers who design, manufacture and distribute rugby league apparel for rugby league teams.

For interview and photo opportunity, please call

John Short from EMU Sportswear / EV2 on 0411 072 666 or contact your local Intrust Super Cup club.

Devils headed to Nanango for Country Round

Round 18 of the Intrust Super Cup is Country Week with all teams headed to regional towns throughout Australia and PNG.

Last year saw the Devils make the long trip to Lae, PNG, where they were welcomed by massive crowds and footy fanatic fans.

Today the QRL announced that the 2019 match between the Devils and Sunshine Coast Falcons will be played at Nanango, Queensland on the 21 July.

One of Queensland’s oldest towns, Nanango has a long history and a number of heritage listed buildings. With a population of about 4,000 people, the town is also known for the Nanango Country Markets, a number of annual festivals, sporting facilities, and museums.

The Falcons vs Devils game will kick off at 1:10PM on Sunday 21 July.

The final ground selected will be announced closer to the date.

If you’re looking for a day trip that involves beautiful scenery, local culture, and some awesome footy, come along with us to Nanango!