We?ll be revved: Johns
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
AS THE last trial game before the season starts, Newcastle Knights skipper Andrew Johns promises that the match against Cronulla on February 25 at Coffs Harbour isn't going to be a hit-and-giggle affair.
"It's the last game before the season starts for both teams and we usually have pretty close games so it will be treated as a serious hitout for sure," the star halfback said.
"These teams always put on a great game so I urge all the fans in the area to get out and watch an entertaining match."
Most of the early attention regarding the match is on the battle of the halfbacks.
The Sharks Brett Kimmorley and Johns himself have had some sensational clashes in the past as they both vied for representative guernseys but the Novacastrian believes these battles aren't as intense as they once were.
"Probably a few years ago we used to worry about what each other was doing but now we're older and a bit mellower about it," Johns joked.
"The halfbacks rarely come head to head like the forwards do but in saying that, we both like to make sure that we have a big game against each other."
Johns said a lack of match fitness could see him miss the pre-season trial. A decision on the 31 year old's availability will be made in the lead-up to the encounter with the Sharks.
Playing or not, Johns still wants a large crowd to come and support his team during the game as well as in the build up when the club is planning to do a lot of promotions work in the area.
"When we're up there we want to get out and promote the game," he added.
"We want as many kids to see the game as possible so they can ask us to sign autographs, come and meet their heroes and ask us any questions they might have.
"We want to keep kids interested in rugby league."
n Tickets for the game are already on sale.
Grandstand tickets are $40 per seat (no concessions).
The prices for tickets to the outer ground are: Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 children) $50, adults $20, concession $15, children 6-14 yrs $10, five and under free.
For tickets online go to:
coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au or telephone the Sports Unit on 6648 4950.