Queensland fights back

QUEENSLAND won the State of Origin rugby league series yet again this year.

But the Queenslanders are not having it all their own way in all sporting showdowns against those from south of the border.

The Maroons will need to put their pedals to the metal if they want to give New South Wales a run for the money at Maryborough Speedway in Tinana tomorrow night.

Queensland and New South Wales will go head-to-head on solo motorbikes in the State of Origin series.

The showdown in Maryborough is the sixth clash of the eight-match series and New South Wales is currently in front.

The Queensland team, hoping to give the Fraser Coast fans something to cheer about, is captained by former international Scott Smith.

His line-up includes Mitchell Weismantel, Damien Koppe, Harley Horwood, Ashley Cathcart, Clinton Dennis and reserve Craig Hyde.

The New South Welshmen hoping to silence the crowd, well, those supporting Queensland, includes Tim Heffernan, Bryce Johnston, Daine Stevens, Joey Ringwood, Daniel Begley, Mason Campton and reserve Anthony Perks.

However, it won't only be the solo riders keen to put on a show.

Support events include the Fraser Coast Classic for sidecars which features 20 teams from throughout Australia.

The field includes the current Australian champion Jason Aldridge with Cal Campbell, former world champions Scott Christopher and Trent Koppe and the current world No.2 team of Gary Moon and Mick Ing.

Stock bikes, senior support solos and junior 350cc solos are also on the menu for bike fans.

Maryborough Speedway general manager and race commentator Ryan Harris said he was sure the night was going to be a “cracker”.

“It has to be with the calibre of riders we have coming,” Harris said.

“We've got some of the very best in the business racing in our backyard – it doesn't get any better than that.

“It's going to be a huge meeting and I reckon the crowd will be massive.

“I reckon that we'll get more than 3000 fans here,” he said.

“We are in for one hell of a ride when it comes to top-class entertainment.”

Racing starts at 5pm with practice from 4.30pm.

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