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This week, Mary Kaye looks ahead to the Eels Round 20 clash against the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville.You can catch up on Mary Kaye's blogs at Ladies who League here

I was right about at least one of my predictions about last weekend's game and that's that it was going to be a tough game steeped in heritage and tradition.

The Bulldogs are one of the competition leaders at the moment and it was always going to be a big ask to topple them at ANZ Stadium on a Friday night. Despite a very close first half, the Bulldogs were too strong and ran away with the game in the second half.

Onto this week's game - another tough one. Arguably tougher than the opponent we just faced.

This weekend the blue and gold travel to far North Queensland to take on the North Queensland Cowboys at 1300SMILES Stadium.

The story of the Cowboys has been an incredible one this year. After a horror start to the season, they clicked and have gone on to win a record number of games in a row - 11 to be precise and Jonathan Thurston has again proven why he is one of the best players in the game.

Luckily for the Eels, the Cronulla Sharks proved a couple of weeks ago that the Cowboys are not unbeatable. We almost proved it a couple of weeks ago ourselves.

This weekend I am looking for our boys to take revenge. The last time our boys took on the North Queensland Cowboys was a game I would rather forget.

For non-Parramatta Eels supporters it would have been one of the most incredible games of the NRL season so far.

The Eels for all money looked like they had the game won. The first half was a real show as our boys displayed tremendous attacking prowess – much to the delight of the home crowd. Despite scoring a massive 30 points however this was not enough to stem the Cowboys attack.

A miraculous comeback ensued with the Cowboys scoring a massive number of points in a very short period of time, breaking the hearts of all those who had gathered at Pirtek Stadium that night.

This week, it is our turn to take revenge.

I'll be on a plane home from Cyprus as our boys take the field. I'm looking forward to hearing about the victory when I get back on Australian soil!

To all those heading up to North Queensland, pack a hat, your sunscreen and your Parramatta Eels hat. Hopefully you can help cheer our boys home to victory!


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