After defeating the high-flying Burleigh Bears last weekend, the Mudgeeraba Redbacks will be looking for back-to-back wins when they take on the Ormeau Shearers in Round 6 of the Rugby League Gold Coast QTOP A Grade competition.
Taking place at Brien Harris Oval at 3pm this Sunday, the match happens to fall on the same day as Father’s Day, with the game set to be a celebration of the efforts of countless fathers and sons involved in the game on the Coast.
Coming off a hard-fought win against defending premiers Burleigh last week, the Redbacks will be looking to build on that momentum when they take on a Shearers side that is looking to record their first victory of the season.
Despite not registering a win this season to date, Ormeau’s draw with ladder-leaders Runaway Bay in Round 2 shows they are certainly not a side that can be taken lightly and Mudgeeraba coach Wayne Forbes is well aware of the dangers they pose across the park.
“We’ll need an understanding of what Ormeau has got and how they’ve been playing this year,” Forbes said.
“I believe Kurtis Rowe is back this week which will be a big influence and they’ve also got Conner Toia who has also been playing really well.”
In a shortened season where every win is crucial, Forbes said he hopes to see his side string consecutive wins together after getting the result against Burleigh last week.
“It was a very important win for us and we want to play off that and continue the momentum,” Forbes said.
Last week’s victory didn’t come without a cost however, with Mudgeeraba forced into making several changes for this week’s clash.
“Our depth will be tested this week as we did have a few injuries, so we will be fielding a slightly different team this weekend,” Forbes said.
With this year’s QTOP season being unlike any other, new Ormeau head coach Peri Creamer said with most sides struggling for consistency, the race for the premiership is wide open.
“The shortened season as well as the availability of Intrust Super Cup and Brisbane players has made the competition a lot stronger than what it would have been, had it been a full season,” the Ormeau coach said.
“Until last week’s game against Mudgeeraba, Burleigh were the only team showing consistency.
“This is certainly anyone’s comp.”
Currently sitting in seventh place on the ladder, Creamer said his side needs to show more discipline in defence to ensure they are giving themselves the best chance to turn their season around.
“It starts with discipline and ours is what is really letting us down” Creamer said.
“Once we get our discipline right, we will be in contention for the top four.”
Coming off a bye last weekend, the Ormeau coach wants to see his side muscle up for what will be a physical game against the Redbacks.
“Mudgeeraba are on a high after beating Burleigh so it’s going to be a very tough game,” Creamer said.
“The boys have put themselves on notice and it’s certainly made us prepare a bit better.
“We are hungry to turn up and show them what we can do.”
The clash will be broadcast live on the Rugby League Gold Coast Facebook page.
Round 6 fixtures
|4pm Saturday, September 5||Runaway Bay Seagulls v Currumbin Eagles||Bycroft Oval, Runaway Bay|
|5.30pm Saturday, September 5||Southport Tigers v Tugun Seahawks||Owen Park, Southport|
|3pm Sunday, September 6||Ormeau Shearers v Mudgeeraba Redbacks||Brien Harris Oval, Ormeau|
Round 6 teams
Runaway Bay Seagulls v Currumbin Eagles
Runaway Bay Seagulls
1. John Mackin 2. Queille Murray 3. Jamie Anderson 4. Jordan Menzies 5. Jaylan To'o 6. Guy Hamilton 7. James Poland 19. Doryaan Hape Apiata 9. Jenan Wedderburn-Parrish 20. Harrison Muller 11. Darcy Sims 12. Luke Burton 13. William Samuel 15. Alex Bishop 16. Mitchell Whitton 17. Vinncent Takataka 20. Carsil Vaikai
1. Talor Walters 2. Joshua Walker 3. Blake Anderson 4. Thomas Berkers 5. Bayley Desmond 6. Jamie Dowling 7. Luke Jurd 8. Stuart Mason 9. Cole Geyer 10. Pele Peletelese 11. Samuel Saville 12. Michael Gray 13. Jarrod Gill 14. Jake Gleeson 15. Ben Liyou 16. Denzal Ngati 17. Brayden Gallagher
Southport Tigers v Tugun Seahawks
1. Kobi Annand 2. Harley Wood 3. Lee Turner 4. Curtis Dansey-Smaller 5. Callum Burgess-Boomer 6. Campbell Pirihi 7. Jack Cook 8. Jarrod Morfett 9. Liam Hampson 10. Daniel Shannon 11. Lamar Manuel-Liolevave 12. Samuel Shannon 13. Brock Hamill 14. Blake Scott 15. Nazareth Monsall 16. Brayden Young
1. Corey Morris 2. Jack Smith 3. James Toole 4. Alexander Grant 5. Zac Stedman 6. Jacob Grant 7. Michael Burgess 8. Andrew Bracek 9. William Johnstone 10. Joshua Harvey 11. Robert Apanui 12. Levi Norton 13. Samuel Meskell 14. Nathaniel Swain 15. Solomon Torrens 18. Joshua Bainbridge 17. Mitchell Backler
Ormeau Shearers v Mudgeeraba Redbacks
1. Kurtis Rowe 2. Ono So'oialo 3. Haydyn O'Hara 4. Christian Talaimanu 5. Jalen Tangiiti-Turner 6. Conner Toia 7. Craig Chapman 8. Andrew Petaia 9. Albert Junior Ma Chong 10. Anthony Gray 11. Coen Rankmore 12. Lazeryth Sua 13. Stepharn Holo 14. Anthony Stoeckert 15. Izayah Nuku 17. Jaymz Douglas-Webb
3. Dylan Pelo 2. Henry Garrett 4. Nathan Schwass 5. Joshua Bukowski 6. William Brimson 7. Kyle Williams 10. Jesse Malcolm 9. Brent Woolf 12. Jack Glossop 11. Jerome Veve 8. Daymeric Pelo 13. Marino Allen 14. Jakob Schimke 1. Steven Rooney 16. Jake McGarry 17. Ricardo Parata 15. Terence Delalande