Seagulls press for finals berth

Round 14 of the Gold Coast – Tweed Gen Z Employment Cup wrap.

Ormeau Shearers v Runaway Bay Seagulls

The match of the round will see the Ormeau Shearers play the Runaway Bay Seagulls at Brien Harris Oval. The Shearers scored a convincing 52-16 win over Currumbin Eagles 52-16 last weekend. After starting on the back foot, the Shearers will want to come out strong against Runaway Bay who are only four points ahead on the competition ladder. As the competition is four weeks out of finals, the Shearers will need to secure a couple more wins to be in contention for the top five. Stand out players Brandon Radke, Curtis Walsh and Ricardo Parata all scored twice with points spread across the board and will be ones to watch this week. The Runaway Bay Seagulls gave the Burleigh Bears a challenge as they just fell short 30-40 in last weekend’s match. Leading the first 30 minutes of the game, the Runaway Bay Seagulls created opportunities however the Burleigh Bears fitness and experience just got the better of the team in the end. Getting direction on field from coach Clinton Toopi proved to be beneficial as he strapped the boots on during last weekend’s match.

Bilambil Jets v Tugun Seahawks

After giving the Tweed Head Seagulls a run for their money, the Tugun Seahawks are feeling positive about last weekend’s performance. Coach Martin Griese said “our completion rates were up and the boys really listened”. Griese is pleased that the team played well and followed their set game plan. Adam Barnes, Ayden Lee and Drumayne Dayberg-Muir stood out in last weekend’s game and are ones for Bilambil to keep an eye on. The Seahawks are excited and know Bilambil are hard hitters and can take points away easily. The Bilambil Jets are on a constant rise of improvement, challenging the second placed Southport Tigers in last weekend’s match up. At equal points for the majority of the game, the Jets are on a high after falling short in the last 10 minutes of the game. The Jets will unfortunately see the loss of their full back Shannon Murphy for the rest of the season due to injury. Coach Troy McClean is pleased with the players’ efforts over the weekend and are working on small adjustments leading into this weekend. McClean said “the boys just need to get some A-grade experience, which will help us get competitive for next year”. Stand out player’s captain Mitch Spackman and half back Cal Lynn will be ones for Tugun to watch.

Burleigh Bears v Southport Tigers

Southport experienced a challenge on the weekend as the Bilambil Jets took off with great force. After struggling to get into the game, coach Tim Cannard knew Bilambil brought their A game and the team were a little rattled in the first half. Cannard said “we are working towards being more aggressive especially in the lead up to taking on the Bears”. The Tigers know the Bears are strong, fit, fast and very well structured. Stand out players co-coach and captain Michael Esdale, Daley Boney and Jordan Stewart will be ones to watch. Excited to take on the Tigers, the Burleigh Bears will be tested as they trail two points behind the Tigers on the competition ladder. Coach Stuart Wilkins said “it was an interesting match and the boys improved in the second half, showing that they were the fitter side on the day”. The Bears are working towards switching on from the start of the match as they came back from 18-12 at half time to record a 40-30 win against the Runaway Bay Seagulls. Marty Mitchell, Tom Rowles, Jesse Malcom and Caleb Morehu stood out and will be ones to watch this weekend.

Currumbin Eagles v Tweed Head Seagulls

Tweed Head Seagulls came away with no injuries after last weekend’s match against the Tugun Seahawks. Coach Clint Barends hopes the boys can work towards their match day preparations and get on the front foot against Currumbin. Barends said “we need to start physical and be better prepared this week”. Stand out players Kirk Murphy and Steve Gillet will be ones to watch for Currumbin this weekend. The Currumbin Eagles certainly struggled over the weekend with players out from injury, defeated by the Ormeau Shearers 52-16. Coach James Griffiths said “the team is doing really well and the young boys are putting in their best efforts”. The Eagles are working towards their kicking and chasing aspect of their game and hope to create more opportunities in this week’s clash with the Seagulls. Tweed will need to keep an eye on players Ben Moroney, Jack Galwey and Kyle Ramage.

Round 14 Games

Sunday, July 24

Bilambil v Tugun at Bilambil Sports, 2pm

Ormeau v Runaway Bay at Brien Harris Oval, 2pm

Burleigh v Southport at Pizzey Park, 2pm

Currumbin v Tweed Heads at Galleon Way, 2:30pm