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Former Tully Tiger Benn Campagnolo has unforgettable Intrust Super Cup debut

By 28/May/2021
Jack Campagnolo (with ball), who has also played for the Queensland Italian side, has moved to Brisbane, and is now playing for Wynnum Manly Seagulls in the Intrust Super Cup competition. Photo: Maria Girgenti

FORMER Tully Tigers’ player, Benn Campagnolo, had a dream Intrust Super Cup debut with the Townsville Blackhawks on May 16 at the Jack Manski Oval against the Mackay Cutters.

The winger scored the match-winning try in the 78th minute for the Townsville Blackhawks, to help seal the 24 – 18 victory for the home side, making the young lad from Tully an instant hero.

Townsville was reduced to 12 men after Jaelen Feeney was sent off the field with five minutes left on the clock. 

Faifai-Loa, Griffin Neame, and Corey Jensen made strong runs forward before Josh Chudleigh found some space. 

Campagnolo then held onto an offload by Anderson and the former Tully Tiger scored in the corner to ensure an unforgettable debut.

Throughout the game, Campagnolo also worked hard in defence.

The Blackhawks had last weekend off before travelling to Pizzey Park, Gold Coast this Saturday where they will clash with the Burleigh Bears in Round 8 fixtures.

Since moving to Townsville this year to pursue university studies, Campagnolo has signed an Intrust Super Cup contract with the Blackhawks and is also training with the North Queensland Cowboys Young Gun squad.

Prior to his debut with Townsville, Benn Campagnolo was part of the Northern Pride’s Under 18s squad and tied with fellow player, Heilum Luki, for the Highest Try Scorer in the 2019 season.  He was also part of the Northern Pride’s Under 20s team and the Intrust Super Cup team.

Campagnolo, a former Tully junior and A-grade player, joins fellow Blackhawks’ team-mates, Shaun Nona, also a former Tully Tigers junior, and Michael Carroll from Innisfail. 

Carroll started in the Innisfail Brothers’ junior ranks where he played from Under 8 to 12 and then moved to the Innisfail Cowboys from the Under 12 onwards.

After he completed Year 12, Carroll went on to play in the North Queensland Cowboys’ Under 21 team and has been a member of the Townsville Blackhawks’ squad for three years.

Meanwhile, Benn’s older brother, Jack, a Tully Tiger at heart, is also making his mark on the Intrust Super Cup stage, now sporting the Wynnum Manly Seagulls’ jersey colours.

The skilled halfback made the difficult decision to leave his debut club, Northern Pride, and moved to Brisbane in late 2020 to embark on the next stage of his rugby league career with the Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

Two years ago, he also played for Italy in two Rugby League World Cup qualifying matches.

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