Their season may have ended with a heart-breaking, last-minute loss in the first week of the finals, but the Tweed Seagulls will look back on 2019 as a huge success.
With the 2019 Intrust Super Cup season having drawn to a close, we take a look back through the year that was for all 14 clubs to see what went right, what went wrong, and what the clubs may focus on heading into the 2020 season.
The 2019 Year in Review series continues with Tweed.
The season by the numbers
Final position on the ladder
- Won: 14
- Drawn: 0
- Lost: 9
Home and away record
- Home: 8-4
- Away: 6-5
- Scored: 464
- Conceded: 438
- For and against: 26
Players in focus
Seagulls strike weapon Talor Walters helped take the Seagulls to the club's first finals appearance since 2014. The impressive and versatile back, who played fullback, centre and wing, was in the top 10 try scorers in the Intrust Super Cup in 2019, at number 10 with 14 tries in 21 games. He made four the Team of the Week appearances, earning a notable mention as an outside back.
Tackle breaks: 94
Tackle efficiency: 64.7 per cent
Average run metres: 142.4 metres
Best of 2019: Tweed Seagulls
Notable player achievements and milestones
- Talor Walters - Seagulls Players' Player
- John Palavi - Seagulls Col Hayes Trophy for best and fairest
- Kirk Murphy - Seagulls Coach's Award
- Xavier Coates - Queensland Under 18 selection, Papua New Guinea Kumuls debut, QRL XXXX Queensland Men’s Representative Player of the Year
- Lamar Liolevave - Test debut for Fiji
- Lindon McGrady - highest ranked Seagulls player in Petero Civoniceva Medal polling at 14th
- Christian Hazard - XXXX Queensland Residents selection
- Treymain Spry - Queensland Under 20 selection
- Juwan Compain - Queensland Under 18 selection
Key factor to season result
Young talent time
Tweed were eliminated in the first week of the finals, with a last-ditch field goal from Redcliffe putting an end to their season. However, while the disappointment of an early exit will remain, the Seagulls as a club will view 2019 as a huge success. Not only did they make the Intrust Super Cup finals for the first time since 2014, they were also able to nurture an exciting young crop of stars into their Cup side, with the performances of NRL-contracted talents Coates, Compain from the national title-winning Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup side and Spry a highlight. Their lesser-known names like Walters and McGrady were also typically reliable for the club and their willingness to fill in wherever needed typified their spirit this year.
Looking ahead to 2020
Next season the Seagulls will be looking for more of the same from their squad and will be aiming to build on their 2019 performances to go deeper into the finals. While they are yet to make major moves in the player market, they have lost the services of representative utility Christian Hazard to Souths Logan Magpies. Where Gold Coast Titans halfback Ash Taylor, who played with the Seagulls in the back end of the season to help build back his confidence in the game, will play next year is also yet to be determined. However, with a stable of young players looking to graduate from their under age teams, aiming to make their mark on field, coach Ben Woolf has plenty of talent at his disposal.
2019 Year in Review series
- Central Queensland Capras
- PNG Hunters
- Northern Pride
- Mackay Cutters
- Souths Logan Magpies
- Ipswich Jets
- Easts Tigers
- Redcliffe Dolphins