Finals remain a goal as Seagulls start to soar
After posting a four-point win over feathered rivals Wynnum Manly last weekend, the Tweed Heads Seagulls will be hoping the winning feeling sticks around longer than it has for them so far this year.
The Seagulls have had a bit of an up-and-down season, but with the finals edging closer; each round they will be hunting for more wins, starting with this weekend’s game against the Toowoomba Clydesdales on Sunday.
Seagulls Coach Paul Stephenson said his team had been starting to take form and were playing much better footy which paid off with their win against Wynnum.
“(In) the last month we have been playing better footy since the bye,” Stephenson said.
“We got many of our players who were out with injuries back and have had much more confidence in defence.
“I was very pleased with our performance against Wynnum. We started the game so well and our defence was great. Usually those close games we had previously lost, but we did enough to hang on this time.”
With many players having moved into the Cup side and the Under 20 Titans team, Stephenson rarely gets to see the same team run out week-to-week.
“It has been more of a challenge than first thought. We had this happen this past weekend, but I have keep things simple and told players to just focus on what’s in front and compete hard,” he said.
“Although it has been hard from a coaching perspective, we have been very successful from a club perspective.
“We have had players moving into the Titans Under 20s side and also players going into the Seagulls Cup side, so I think we have had a successful year.”
Round 19 will kick off this weekend on Saturday with the Wynnum Manly Seagulls hosting the Redcliffe Dolphins.
Sunday will continue with the Easts Tigers taking on the Sunshine Coast Falcons, Norths Devils taking on Souths Logan Magpies and to finish of the round with the top-of-the-table Burleigh Bears hosting the Ipswich Jets.
The Bear were pushed all the way by the Dolphins last weekend in their 30-28 victory, while the Jets were unable to match it with the Sunshine Coast who secured a 48-12 win with a hat trick to Cory Parker a highlight of their victory.