BOYS IN BLUE: Harold Snell and Jesse Dee will travel to Southport this weekend to play with The North Queensland Marlins Men's representative team against the Central Crows.
BOYS IN BLUE: Harold Snell and Jesse Dee will travel to Southport this weekend to play with The North Queensland Marlins Men's representative team against the Central Crows. Aidan Cureton

How Mackay's Foley Shield win will help the Marlins

AFTER helping bring home the Foley Shield for the first time in eight years, Mackay's rep players still have a hankering for victory.

Five local products now have their eyes on the QRL State Carnival.

The Northern Marlins have not won the carnival since 2015, but after their Foley Shield redeemer two Marlins players say they have their best chance to change history.

QRL Northern Division captain Jesse Dee said the experience in his side was at an all-time high.

"We were lacking a bit of experience (last year), but now we have a few key players,” he said.

Dee listed former Townsville Blackhawks stars Rod Griffin, Davin Crampton and Ty Carucci as players he was glad to have on his side.

"There are a lot of guys with Q-Cup experience, guys with a lot of talent and a bit of impact,” he said.

Dee went one higher than Marlins last year and was the only Mackay selection in the Queensland Rangers side.

This year the second rower hopes to bring some Mackay products to the footy promised land.

"I think it would mean a lot for North Queensland. They haven't won in a while so it would be a big achievement for the boys. Hopefully we can pull it together,” Dee said.

"I think it would be good for all the Mackay boys who were selected to push through to the Northern Marlins and win that. It would really show how strong footy is in the region.”

Joining Dee for the journey is childhood friend and newcomer to the Marlins team, Harold Snell.

Harold Snell and Jesse Dee will travel to Southport this weekend to play with The North Queensland Marlins Men's representative team against the Central Crows.
Harold Snell and Jesse Dee will travel to Southport this weekend to play with The North Queensland Marlins Men's representative team against the Central Crows. Aidan Cureton

"I'm looking forward to it. (Playing against) those boys (in the Foley Shield), there were a lot of strong players in that,” Snell said.

"With all of us combined, I dare say we'll be a strong side.”

The two have experience playing representative football back in their hometown of Wollongong, but Snell said a fair bit had changed in that time.

"We've come all the way from the South Coast together,” Snell said.

"We also played in juniors together, so it will be good playing with him again for North Queensland.

"Jesse was my half-back and I was his backrower, but obviously we put a bit of weight on and positions have changed.”

Dee welcomes the friendly rivalry.

"He always tries to follow me and up-skill me, but we're good mates and it's good to see him get rewards for playing good footy up here,” he said.

Snell said he was excited to see what the higher calibre of talent had to offer in his first experience at North Queensland rep football.

"My mentality hasn't changed, but the nerves are up there. I haven't played at this top level for a long time, so I'm looking forward to it,” he said.

Snell will start on the bench, which he sees as an advantage in the second half.

"I hope I bring aggression and strength. Coming off the bench I think my late footwork and all that will be key when the boys are tired,” he said.

The Marlins head to Southport this weekend to play against the Central Crows.



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