Earlier this year
Cairns v Illawarra Jan 31
More of a danger game for Cairns than they appreciate.
Cairns are likely to finish 3rd this season, but their bogie team has been Illawarra. Can you beat the Cats in Perth? Yep, tick that box in extra thick green texta. Can you beat bottom placed Illawarra? R2 - 1 point away loss; R6 - 10 point home loss; R8 - 8 point away loss...
Cairns just haven't delivered against the cellar dweller this season. Everyone points to them winning this game, but like the founder of a startup that makes male tampons, they have failed for some inexplicable reason.
Illawarra have had a season they would best forget. Wheels came off early and have lurched from game to game, giving us all slight glimmers of hope only for them to fall asleep and throw away games. Not even Freddy Kruger wants to see them on Elm street.
The season can't come quickly enough for the Hawks. Shouldn't be a high scoring game, but it will be in front of a packed crowd.
Cairns by 10