The second round of semi-finals for the Rugby League Gold Coast A Grade competition will continue this weekend.
The Tweed Heads Seagulls were knocked out by local rivals the Bilambil Jets 28-24 in last weekend’s elimination match.
Runaway Bay Seagulls v Bilambil Jets
The elimination final will see the Runaway Bay Seagulls host the Bilambil Jets for a Saturday afternoon kick off. After defeating the Tweed Heads Seagulls 28-24 in a physical match last weekend, the Jets are heading into this clash with a confidence boost having defeated one of the top teams in the competition. Understanding the physicality of the Runaway Bay Seagulls, the Jets will be working to match their opposition’s intensity. The Jets have experienced some consistency with their playing roster for the finals series and are eager for the upcoming challenge. Falling short against the Tugun Seahawks 34-12 in last week’s first round of finals, the Seagulls have been working to rebuild and fine-tune aspects of their game plan; working on combinations and attacking sets. The Gulls are hoping to be more clinical in this match.
Burleigh Bears v Tugun Seahawks
The qualifying match for the grand final will be played between the Burleigh Bears and Tugun Seahawks. There is a great rivalry between the clubs, but the Bears will be well-rested after a week off – their reward for finishing as minor premiers. Burleigh will see some shuffling of the playing roster with both front rows Daymeric Pelo and Anthony Gray out. However, the Bears will be feeling confident and have done their homework for the week. “We were a bit busted and bruised after Runaway Bay, but have some players returning after season long injuries this week,” Bears coach Stuart Wilkins said. The side know what to expect from the Seahawks and are looking forward to the clash. The Seahawks will also see one of their player out for the season in Timi Matenga, however they know there is experience within the club to step up to fill the void. “We will have the same strategy and game plan and know Burleigh are a quality team,” Seahawks coach Martin Griese said. Players to look out for are Tu Whakatihi and halfback Drumayne Dayberg-Muir.
Runaway Bay Seagulls v Bilambil Jets at Bycroft Oval, Saturday, September 2 – 3pm
1. John Mackin 2. Walter Lauenstein 3. Jamie Anderson 4. Matt Gandy 5. Jake Powell 6. Henry Chan Ting 7. Falani Arkell 8. Jordan McLaughlin 9. Ethan Gallop 10. Kingi Akauola 11. Kimi Pakipaki Hempo 12. Andrew Vela 13. Blake Midson 14. Robert Reid 15. Daniel Kelly 16. Santana Latu 17. Dion Belford
Coach: Clinton Toopi
1. Cal Lynn 2. Luke Jaeger 3. Luke Harvey 4. Luke McNamara 5. Brodie Cook 6. Tom Dawney 7. Carne Rhodes 8. Mitch Spackman 9. Thomas Plater 10. Wade Hall 11. Jackson Springer 12. Drew McCullough 13. Harrison Burling 14. Zeke Garrett 15. Chris Rigney 16. Brendon Welsh 17. Tom Raftery 18. Alex Fitzhugh 19. Matt O’Rourke
Coach: Craig Rowles
Burleigh Bears v Tugun Seahawks at Pizzey Park, Sunday, September 3 – 2pm
1. Jake Carl 2. Waka Wanahi 3. Dylan Pelo 4. Te McDonald 5. Toby McIntosh 6. Sam Grant 7. Jacob Grant 8. Jesse Malcolm 9. Ricardo Parata 10. Tyler Sparkes 11. Sam Swift 12. Ethan Mafi 13. Parahi Wilson 14. Lorenzo Maafu 15. Daniel Schwass 16. Tane Rapira 17. Jason Bradfield 18. Troy Leo 19. Joshua Rogers
Coach: Stuart Wilkins
1. Corey Morris 2. Adam Barnes 3. Jabe Gamble 4. Tim Cassidy 5. Zac Jones 6. Grayson Te Kiri 7. Drumayne Dayberg-Muir 8. Bryce Thomas 9. Chris Thomas 10. Shane Gray 11. Tu Whakatihi 12. Ayden Lee (c) 13. Dan Webb 14. Reece Worboys 15. Dean Murphy (c) 16. Savern Rapana 17. Sam Eley 18. Chris Hodges
Coach: Martin Griese