Round 16 GCRL preview
Burleigh Bears v Tweed Head Seagulls
The match of the round will see the Burleigh Bears take on the Tweed Head Seagulls at Pizzey Park. The Bears will experience some changes this weekend with players unavailable due to injury. Although Coach Stuart Wilkins does not have a set team for this weekend, he hopes the boys can come together against Tweed Heads. Wilkins was pleased with the team’s performance over the weekend, showing good discipline and professionalism on the field against the Tugun Seahawks. Although everyone played exceptionally well, Jesse Malcom and Tyler Sparkes were mentioned as stand out players. The Bears will be hoping to set a standard against the Seagulls. Showing no signs of slowing down, the Tweed Heads Seagulls dominated last win with a 46-8 win over the Runaway Bay Seagulls. Although a couple players are in doubt this weekend, coach Clint Barends is pleased the boys are back on track. Starting strong in the first 20 minutes of the match, the Seagulls set the pace and took control of the match. Bryce Denman, Tom Moulds and Trent Smith all stand out on the weekend and an honourable mention went to Jacob Garland who scored four tries.
Tugun Seahawks v Runaway Bay Seagulls
Battered and bruised from last weekend, the Tugun Seahawks are determined to redeem themselves after a 44-16 loss against the Burleigh Bears. Coach Martin Griese hopes the team can execute what they did at training and get a win, especially at home. Working on defence at training, the Seahawks do not want to be playing catch-up again this weekend. Corey Morris stood out in last weekend’s game, encouraging the team to push forward despite the score gap. The Seahawks know the strength the Seagulls have and will need to be in top form. Losing player and coach Clinton Toopi 30 minutes into the match shook the Runaway Bay side. Struggling to maintain possession and complete sets, the Seagulls made a couple errors which Tweed Heads capitalised on last weekend. The Seagulls will be working towards keeping composure and maintaining possession in the lead up to this weekend’s clash against the Tugun Seahawks.
Ormeau Shearers v Bilambil Jets
The Ormeau Shearers will see more players out with injury this weekend through the likes of Curtis Walsh, Brandon Radke and captain Ricardo Parata. Coach John Flint was pleased with the team’s performance on the weekend and praised them for their efforts. Flint said “they really turned the corner and controlled the footy really well”. Although Jade Gage-Nepia stood out on the weekend, across the board everyone did their individual roles really well. The Shearers know what they are up against this weekend and hope to get a win for the home crowd. On a high after another win, the Jets continually show determination to improve. Starting on the back foot, the Jets played catch up last weekend as Currumbin scored three back-to-back tries. The Jets will want to start strong as playing catch up can prove to be difficult with a forward pack like the Ormeau Shearers.
Southport Tigers v Currumbin Eagles
Slowly gaining back their confidence, the Tigers will see the return of a couple key players to strengthen their defensive line. Coach Michael Esdale was pleased with the team’s effort at training and improvement with controlling the play the ball. Esdale said “we need to go back to basics and be a bit more relaxed to execute our plays”. Stepping up last weekend were Corey Griffiths and Israel Oti and an honourable mention went to Troy Leo who scored a hat-trick over the weekend. The Tigers will be working heavily on strengthening their defence, completing sets and putting pressure on the Eagles. Suffering yet another week of injuries, the Eagles will see Savern Rapana and Jake Berkers out of action this weekend. Coach James Griffiths was extremely proud of his side’s efforts and support from the Reserve Grade and Under 19 squads. The Eagles are working on possession, getting tighter and enjoying the game as much as possible despite the loss of players. Kyle Ramage, Brayden Evans and Jake Berkers were stand out in last weekend match against the Bilambil Jets.
Good luck to all teams this weekend!
Round 16 Games
Sunday, August 7
Tugun v Runaway Bay at Boyd Street, 2pm
Ormeau v Bilambil at Brien Harris Oval, 2pm
Southport v Currumbin at Owen Park, 2pm
Burleigh v Tweed Heads at Pizzey Park, 2pm