Tugun brings down high flying Bilambil Jets

The Bilambil Jets have been beaten for the first time in three months as the Tugun Seahawks travelled to Bilambil Sports and went home with a 20-12 win.


Bilambils last Bycroft Cup loss came at the hands of Southport back in round four on April 21, but it was fitting that Tugun was the team to finally break the unbeaten streak that included eight wins and two draws.


Tugun and Bilambil have had an incredible rivalry over the last few years highlighted by the 2011 grand final (won by Bilambil in golden point) and the 2012 elimination final (won by Tugun with a try on the siren).


Odds are they will renew their rivalry again during the finals series which kicks off on August 18, but on this day Tugun were the victors and as a result they are within reach of a minor premiership.


The Jets and Southport Tigers share a lead of the competition currently but the Seahawks trail them by just two points with three rounds remaining.


Tugun hosts Southport in a blockbuster next weekend and should win their last two games making a minor premiership realistic if they can overcome the Tigers.


Ricardo Parata got on the scoreboard once again for the Seahawks after a five-try haul against Runaway Bay a week ago.


The fullback was joined on the scoreboard Bodie Clarke, Joel Sykes and Dan Backo.


In other round 14 Bycroft Cup matches played over weekend, the Tweed Seagulls lost their ninth straight game, going down 34-28 to the Southport Tigers at Owen Park.


Meanwhile at Bycroft Oval, the Currumbin Eagles moved to within a point of the top five with a dominant 50-8 win over Runaway Bay and the Burleigh Bears got back in the winners circle with a 24-18 win over Cudgen at Ned Byrne Oval.


TUGUN SEAHAWKS 20 (R. Parata, B. Clark, J. Sykes, D. Backo tries; V. Buabava 2 goals) def BILAMBIL JETS 12 (D. Lanston, J. Pleming tries; N. Black 2 goals)