Southport Tigers v Tugun Seahawks
The match of the round will be the Pat Shepherdson Memorial Game with the Southport Tigers playing the Tugun Seahawks at Owen Park. The Tigers had a setback last week, losing 14-40 against the Tweed Heads Seagulls. Just trailing the Tugun Seahawks on the ladder, the Tigers will be eager and equipped for a win at home. The Seahawks had a close match against the Ormeau Shearers with their lack of conversions contributing to the 20-14 scoreline. Although there was only six points in it; the Seahawks were comfortable throughout and did not change their momentum. This week, coach Martin Griese hopes the boys can work on sticking to their game plan and playing simple football. Griese said “we need to work on our game structure and not push the extra pass”.
Runaway Seagulls v Currumbin Eagles
After a close match against the Bilambil Jets, the Runaway Bay Seagulls will want to come out strong at their home ground, Bycroft Oval on Saturday. As only two points separated their match against the Jets, the Seagulls are working on maintaining composure throughout the game. Stand-out player and captain Conner Toia will be one to watch this week. The Eagles will be looking to improve their conversion rates as their last match up was only 28-24 in favour of the Seagulls. The Eagles are regrouping this week as they lose against the Bears 8-56. Stand-out players Ken Allison and Savern Rapana will be ones to look out for.
Tweed Heads Seagulls v Bilambil Jets
On the road to improvement, the Jets are definitely giving teams a run for their money. Coach Troy McClean hopes the boys can work on their one percenters, communicating more on the field and increasing completion rates. McClean said “the boys are slowly gaining confidence and improving week in and week out”. Playing for the full 80 minutes and not letting teams slip by, is the focus for the Jets this week. Key player and full back Shannon Murphy is definitely a player to look out for. The Jets are looking forward to the local derby and the Seagulls have nothing to lose. It was another great win by the Tweed Heads Seagulls last weekend against the Southport Tigers, 40-14. The benchmark for the competition, the Seagulls are also improving weekly which can be dangerous for trailing teams. Working on ball control and finer game adjustments, coach Clint Barends is pleased with the attitude and performance of the team. Kirk Murphy and Kobi Annand are players to keep an eye on this week. The Seagulls know the Jets will be physically tough and are not taking them lightly.
Burleigh Bears v Ormeau Shearers
It was a convincing win for the Burleigh Bears as they defeated the Currumbin Eagles 56-8 last weekend. Coach Matt Foster was pleased with the boys and their professionalism towards the game. Foster said “the boys played and controlled the game well and was a good mental challenge for them”. Nursing a couple injuries and uncertainty of player availability, the Bears will be aiming to complete what they set out to do. Burleigh need to work on their game composure and know the Shearers will be a big physical challenge. Taking on another top team in the competition, the Ormeau Shearers are gearing up for a tough match ahead. After putting up a fight last weekend against the Tugun Seahawks who are second on the ladder, the Shearers will be hoping to bring a similar game against the Bears. The Shearers will be working on maintaining composure and working on creating opportunities on the field.
Good luck to all teams this weekend!
Round 12 Games
Saturday, July 2
Runaway Bay v Currumbin at Bycroft Oval, 5.30pm
Sunday, July 3
Tweed Heads v Bilambil at Piggabeen Oval, 12.15pm
Southport v Tugun at Owen Park, 2pm
Burleigh v Ormeau at Pizzey Park, 2pm