Eagles' confidence builds
Round 11 of the Gold Coast-Tweed Gen Z Employment Cup
Currumbin Eagles v Burleigh Bears
In the match of the round, the Currumbin Eagles will play the Burleigh Bears at Galleon Way.
After demolishing the Eagles in their previous encounter, the Bears will need to head into the match with a fresh perspective as the Eagles challenge the Southport Tigers, who are second on the ladder.
After the Eagles played one of their best games of the year, coach James Griffiths was pleased with the boys’ effort and collective performance. Griffiths said, “We have definitely gained confidence and know it will be a hard match against the Bears, but we will kick on”.
Players to look out for are Jake Berkers and Savern Rapana.
The Bears will see the return of Josh Berkers and Parahi Wilson who were out from injury.
Not adjusting well to the weather last weekend, the Bears are working on their communication on the field. Players to watch are; James Dunley and Harry Hughes who led from the front during their clash with the Tweed Heads Seagulls.
Tweed Heads Seagulls v Southport Tigers
The Tweed Heads Seagulls managed to hold their first-place position with a 14-point difference against the Burleigh Bears at the weekend.
The Tigers have a tough match ahead, taking on the experienced Seagulls.
Although the Tigers defeated the Seagulls in their last encounter, they will need a fresh perspective as the Seagulls played their best game of the year against the Burleigh Bears.
Coach Clint Barends said: “Our completion rates were up and the boys executed the game plan perfectly.”
Player’s player Josh Harvey and Jayden Baker are players to look out for. The Tigers are working on putting the pressure on the top team and playing to their strengths.
Always excited for a challenge, the Tigers will have their game faces on leading into this week’s clash.
Bilambil Jets v Runaway Bay Seagulls
Despite the weather over the weekend, the Bilambil Jets secured their first win of the year defeating the Ormeau Shearers 34-14.
The Jets will be on a high leading into this week’s clash with the Runaway Bay Seagulls.
Rewarded for their hard work and effort, the Jets have gained confidence and will be starting strong to put the Seagulls on their back foot.
Returning to the second half trailing the Shearers, the Jets maintained composure and took control of the game, which is what the Seagulls will need to look out for.
On the other hand, Runaway Bay struggled in the wet conditions. Playing catch-up from halftime, the Seagulls will be looking to work on the errors made at the weekend. Both sides will want to start strong and take control of the match.
Ormeau Shearers v Tugun Seahawks
Just managing to get a win at the weekend, the Tugun Seahawks will be starting strong as they struggled at the start of the match against the Runaway Bay Seagulls.
Players to keep an eye out on are Shane Gray and Jabe Gamble.
Coach Martin Griese said, “We really improved in our completion rates from last week and despite the weather, played quite well”.
Griese hopes the boys can improve on their kicking game and protect the kicker.
Falling short in the second half against the Bilambil Jets last weekend, the Ormeau Shearers will want to ensure they focus for the full 80 minutes of the match.
Hard-hitting in the front rows, the Shearers are working on maximising effort for the full match and adjusting their game to suit each match.
Round 11 Games
Sunday, June 26
Tweed Heads v Southport at Piggabeen Oval, 12.15pm
Bilambil v Runaway Bay at Bilambil Sports, 2pm
Ormeau v Tugun at Brien Harris Oval, 2pm
Currumbin v Burleigh at Galleon Way, 2pm