Gulls fight back to earn share of points

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THE Tweed Heads Seagulls fought back from a 16-point deficit to earn their share of competition points against the Sunshine Coast last weekend, coming back to claim a 28-28 draw.

Trailing 22-6 at halftime – the Seagulls put in a strong second-half effort in attack and also defence, holding the Falcons to one try. The Falcons had a field goal attempt with 20 seconds to go in the match, but it sailed just wide of the posts to finish the game with scores level.

Interestingly, the draw – the first for the season in the FOGS Colts Challenge competition – means both Tweed Heads and the Falcons are now on seven competition points, with the Gulls sitting above the Coast side in fourth place thanks to a superior points differential.

David Sheridan picked up a double for the Gulls to give him a total of four so far this season, while a four-pointer and three goals to Braydon McGrady gave him 10 points for the match and 18 in total.

However he and the rest of the competition are a long way behind the competition’s leading point-scorer – Burleigh’s Sam Grant.

With nine tries and 32 goals – the Bears’ five-eighth has a total of 100 points after only seven rounds of competition. As a comparison – last year’s leading point scorer Josh Bowen-Bowyer took home the honours with 198 points.

It is a long season and much can happen in the remaining 18 rounds, but if Burleigh continue to play the way they have been in recent weeks – records could be broken.

Last weekend – the Bears hit a half-century against their opponents for the fourth time this season, posting a 50-6 win over the Tigers.

Easts will face another difficult challenge this weekend when they host the Wynnum Manly Seagulls (who also remain undefeated) at Tapout Energy Stadium on Saturday, while the Jets – who coincidentally went down to the Seagulls 16-14 last weekend – will host Burleigh on Sunday.

Round 6 victors Redcliffe will host fellow winners Norths Devils in the final match of the round.