It was the Souths Logan Magpies' weekend once again, defeating the Tweed Head Seagulls 32–18 in Julia Creek during Country Week in the Intrust Super Cup.
The Magpies got off to a fast start, maintaining their momentum from the past three rounds, with Joe Boyce crossing the line in the 12th minute. Winger Cameron Booth continued the scoring momentum in the 23rd minute, with Jamayne Isaako successfully converting the four-pointer.
Jenan Parrish put the Seagulls on the board in the 31st minute, before centre James Wood maintained the momentum in the 34th minute with his own four-pointer. With two tries in five minutes, the Seagulls went into the main break six points down.
Local crowds at Julia Creek were treated when Magpies fullback Jamayne Isaako crossed the line two minutes into the second half. It didn’t take long for five-eighth Sam Scarlett to get his second try of the afternoon, crossing in the 46th minute, all but guaranteeing a Magpies win.
James Wood added a consolation try for the Seagulls in the 73rd minute, his second for the afternoon, but it wasn’t enough to stop the dominant Magpies.
“I thought the team played pretty good actually, we were really good with our ball control and using the footy to our advantage,” Magpies coach Jon Buchanan said.
“I thought Tweed were pretty resilient, defensively they were really good, they kept us to just 12 points before the levelled it up just before halftime and we were lucky to score just before halftime.
Buchanan was full of praise from his side’s efforts after their round 19 one-point win, hoping that the team would find some consistency in the way they played the ball. “We got off to a lot better start this week than the last two weeks,” Buchanan said.
“We built pressure really well and got some good sets off the back of some good football.
“It was a really solid performance all around. I thought all of the boys played really well. If one player stood out the most it would have been Sam Scarlett, he was really good.”
Playing at the Kev Bannah Oval in Julia Creek, the opportunity is something that the Magpies players thoroughly enjoyed, Buchanan said. “Our players really enjoyed the experience.”
“It’s a long day for the players but hopefully it benefited the people and that the community got a little bit out of having us there.”
Ready for the back end of the season, both clubs will be looking to refresh their teams during their round 21 byes, before the finals run kicks in.
“We’re really looking forward to the break and having a rest,” Buchanan said.
“We know when we come back after the bye, we want to make sure we can get some good results in those few weeks so we can play some finals footy.
“We’re always looking to move up the ladder, especially with finals so close around the corner.”
SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 32 (Sam Scarlett 2, Joe Boyce, Cameron Booth, Jamayne Isaako, Lenny Magey tries; Jamayne Isaako 4 goals) def TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 18 (James Wood 2, Jenan Parrish tries; Lindon McGrady 3 goals) at Kev Bannah Oval, Julia Creek.