Gulls celebrate Women in League with Family Fun Day

In their final home game for 2018, the Tweed Heads Seagulls will take on the PNG Hunters in a must-win game to keep their finals hopes alive.

“Sunday is Women in League round, so we’re putting on a family-focussed day with our major sponsor the Ben Campbell Building Group,” Seagulls CEO Paul Stephenson said.

“Ladies and Under 18s will get in for free and there will be plenty for kids (and big kids) including 1000 free lollipops and a bouncy castle.

“Major sponsors Ben and Sara Campbell will be there with their family and staff and we’d love to see the Tweed community join them in cheering on the boys for the last time this season.

“Ben and Sara have provided a 2018 signed, framed Wests Tigers jersey to raffle and one lucky supporter will get the chance to kick a goal to win a bundle of great prizes at half time in the Intrust Super Cup game.”

The Seagulls are embracing the Harvey Norman Women in League Round; and female participation in rugby league is well and truly on its roadmap.

“Our club’s vision includes a significant focus on offering opportunities for women in rugby league,” Stephenson said.

“We recently announced the appointment of Brigid Davey, the club’s first female board member in its 110 years and Brigid’s appointment underpins the clubs vision for the future.

“Our Intrust Super Cup team’s strapper is a young woman called Tayla Smith. Tayla has been described by one of our football staff as ‘the best strapper he’s ever seen’ and she’s a shining example of what women can bring to our game.

“Female participation is the fastest growing area of our game and we are developing a Seagulls women’s rugby league program which we hope will commence in 2019.

“We are also working to source funds to construct a multi-purpose facility at Piggabeen Sports Complex (PSC) to support Tweed Heads Seagulls which will include two women’s change rooms to support the introduction of the program.

“For a sustainable women's competition it’s important to provide the same opportunities and pathways that male players receive - we know that if we do that the Tweed Community will embrace it.”

Tevita Folau signs a ball for a young fan. Photos: Tweed Heads Seagulls Media
Tevita Folau signs a ball for a young fan. Photos: Tweed Heads Seagulls Media

On the field, the Seagulls Intrust Super Cup team must win their three remaining games starting with the Hunters this weekend; with Ipswich Jets (away) and Northern Pride (away) to come. They must also rely on other results going their way to be a chance of playing in the six-team finals series, so victory at Piggabeen on Sunday is essential.

On show are likely to be established NRL players Bryce Cartwright, Leilani Latu and Kane Elgey for the Seagulls’ outfit against a side that is predominantly made up of PNG Kumuls players who impressed so much at last year’s World Cup.

Last year, the Seagulls beat the Hunters, who went on to win the premiership, twice – including a 26-18 victory in the last match of the season at Piggabeen.

Tweed Heads Seagulls Harvey Norman Women in League Round Family Fun Day

Main Game: Tweed Heads Seagulls v PNG Hunters – Intrust Super Cup
Date: Sunday, August 12, 2018
Times: Hastings Deering Colts – 11 am (v Thunderbolts); A Grade – 12.30pm (v Ormeau); Intrust Super Cup v Hunters – 2.15pm
Venue: Piggabeen Sports Complex
Cost: $10 (women and Under 18s get in free)
(Post-match function and player presentations at Seagulls Club, Gollan Drive)