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Tugun celebrate 40th anniversary

by Rugby League Gold Coast Media Dion Haddad

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Round 15 of the Rugby League Gold Coast competition will kick off this weekend.

Runaway Bay Seagulls v Tweed Heads Seagulls

After dominating against the Southport Tigers last weekend 42-6, the Runaway Bay Seagulls are looking strong leading into this weekend’s clash against Tweed Heads. Needing an attitude change, Runaway Bay prepared well against the Tigers and hope they will be able to bring the same confidence against the Seagulls. “We are building on the positives from last week and know every game counts leading into the finals,” Runaway Bay coach Clinton Toopi said. With emphasis on the middle, Toopi was pleased with how his forwards stepped up in their roles. Kimi Hemopo and Daniel Kelly in particular were commended for their performance. The Seagulls also showed dominance last week to defeat the Ormeau Shearers 58-10. Standing fourth on the ladder, Tweed Heads will want to come out strongly as they are only two points behind Runaway Bay. Phoenix Hunapo and Jayden Baker both scored doubles last weekend and will be ones to watch.

Currumbin Eagles v Burleigh Bears

They suffered their second loss of the season last week, so the Burleigh Bears will need to regroup in the lead up to this week’s clash against the Currumbin Eagles. “The boys played well, we just made too many errors that gave Tugun the opportunities they needed,” Bears coach Stuart Wilkins said. The Bears were as intense as Tugun and committed to defend, however it wasn’t enough to secure a win. Tyler Sparkes, Dylan Pelo and Ricardo Parata all stood out in last weekend’s match, but there will be many changes to the Burleigh squad through injuries. Just outside finals contention, the Eagles are hungry leading into this clash. Out-enthused by the Bilambil Jets in their last outing, the Eagles have reviewed their performances and have identified key areas to work on this week. “I cannot fault the boys’ efforts against the Jets and it was great to see the back up from the individuals,” Eagles coach Ryan Gundry said.

Ormeau Shearers v Southport Tigers

They have been struggling to field a team and relying on players from the Under 19s and Reserve Grade competition, but Ormeau are striving to get a win this weekend. The Shearers are set to see the return of nine regular line-up players, which will hopefully boost the team. “We are just trying to get a bit of consistency amongst the playing roster and hope we can strive towards a win at home,” Shearers coach Ian Frame said. The Southport Tigers are also struggling with injuries and lack of available players this week. With Justin McKenna and Kane Rudolph are both out, the Tigers will be looking at some Under 19s players to step up. “Runaway Bay were just really strong and physical in the middle last week, we just need to put our heads down and stick to our game,” Tigers coach Tim Cannard said. Stand out players to look out for are Zoram Watene, Mick Esdale and Scott Jensen.

Tugun Seahawks v Bilambil Jets

The Tugun Seahawks will celebrate their 40th anniversary this weekend against local rivals the Bilambil Jets. Slowly climbing the ladder, the Seahawks had a win against the strong Burleigh Bears last weekend, winning 18-10. “We are just getting into the grind of things and slowly getting our full team back,” Seahawks Coach Martin Griese said. The Seahawks are training well and developing set combinations hoping to have consistency through the next couple of weeks. Drumayne Dayberg-Muir and Zac Jones stand out and will be players to watch. Hungry to stay in the top five and within finals contention, the Bilambil Jets were helped in that goal with their win against the Currumbin Eagles last week.

Round 15 Teams Lists

Runaway Bay Seagulls v Tweed Heads Seagulls at Bycroft Oval, Saturday, August 5 – 5.30pm

Runaway Bay Seagulls

1. John Mackin 2. Walter Launstein 3. Daniel Kelly 4. Matt Gandy (c) 5. Jake Powell 6. Falani Arkell 7. James Poland 8. Santana Latu 9. Henry Chan-Ting 10. Jackson O’Leary 11. Kimihia Hemopo 12. Andrew Vela 13. Brodie Clark 14. Dion Belford-Laulu 15. Kingi Akauola 16. Ethan Gallop 17. Robert Reid

Coach: Clinton Toopi

Tweed Heads Seagulls

1. Paul Sheedy 2. Jayden Baker 3. Kurtis McDonald 4. Sione Alofi 5. Regan Muir 6. Kobi Annand 7. Phoenix Huapo 8. Jarrod Morfett 9. Jack Cook 10. Josh Harvey 11. Maia Sands 12. Sam Saville 13. Dane Clarke 15. Jordan Aionao 16. Diaz Sharrock 17. Shaquille Gafa 20. Macguby Dawson

Coach: Darryl Fisher

Currumbin Eagles v Burleigh Bears at Galleon Way, Sunday, August 6 – 2pm

Currumbin Eagles

1. Harley Wood 2. Kallum Mackay 3. Miki Pohio 4. Kenny Allison (c) 5. Dan Jevdenijevic 6. Reid Henderson 7. Jake Gleeson 8. Jarrod Gill 9. Kelly Benson 10. Kieran Tarrant 11. Wayne Ryburn 12. Scott Avery 13. Jacob Roby 14. Liam Donnelly 15. Jamie Crocker 16. Jayde Batchelor 17. Jake Harlen

Coach: Ryan Gundry

Burleigh Bears

1. Toby McIntosh 2. Waka Wanahi 3. Dylan Pelo 4. Te Rangiatea McDonald 5. Ethan Mafi 6. Sam Grant 7. Jacob Grant 8. TBA 9. Ricardo Parata 10. Tyler Sparkes 11. Daniel Schwass 12. Parahi Wilson 13. Lorenzo Maafi 14. Jesse Malcom 15. Anthony Gray 16. Rhys Duke 17. Harry Hughes


Coach: Stuart Wilkins

Ormeau Shearers v Southport Tigers at Brien Harris Oval, Sunday, August 6th – 2pm

Ormeau Shearers

1. Lewis Prizeman 2. Kale Fraser 3. Josh Walker 4. Lazeryth Sua 5. Curtis Walsh 6. Jack Sanburg 7. Ben Muller 8. Shane Blow 9. Dallas Chase 10. Mohi Kendrick 11. Taani Uhila-Ngata 12. Matt Smith 13. Trent Shield 14. Jordan Haim 15. Johnny Farr 16. Fabian Te Aotonga 17. Brad Adam

Coach: Ian Frame

Southport Tigers

1. Dylan Lagerstrom 2. Josh Wooton 3. Lewis Barnett 4. Naz Monsall 5. Classie Oti 6. Scott Jenson 7. Zoram Watene 8. Judaea Monsall 9. Izzy Oti 10. Adam Kelly 11. TBA 12. Jake Landers 13. Mick Esdale 17. Sam Morton 18. Cody Evans 19. Bronston Kennach 20. Corey Griffiths

Coach: Tim Cannard

Tugun Seahawks v Bilambil Jets at Boyd Street, Sunday, August 6 – 2pm

Tugun Seahawks

1. Corey Morris 2. Adam Barnes 3. Jabe Gamble 4. Tim Cassidy 5. Zac Jones 6. Grayson Te Kiri 7. Drumayne Dayberg-Muir 8. Bryce Thomas 9. Chris Thomas 10. Levi Norton 11. Tu Whakatihi 12. Ayden Lee 13. Dan Webb 14. Savern Rapana 15. Timi Matenga 16. Chris Hodges 17. Sam Eley 18. Brad Adams

Coach: Martin Griese

Bilambil Jets

1. Luke Jaeger 2. Brenton Daley-Holten 3. Caleb Nicholls 4. Brodie Cook 5. Luke Harey 6. Cal Lynn 7. Carne Rhodes 8. Mitch Spackman (c) 9. Alex Fitzhugh 10. Wade Hall 11. Andrew Hart 12. Matt O’Rourke 13. Jackson Springer 14. Drew McCullough 15. Tom Raftery 16. Brendon Welsh 17. TBA

Coach: Craig Rowles