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Seagulls hope to turn small wins into big results

Round 8 of the Hastings Deering Colts will continue this week after Northern Pride and Souths Logan Magpies kicked off the round last week in Tully.

The Magpies posted a strong 58-12 victory to move into fourth spot on the ladder, but there are are plenty of games to come this weekend that could change the standings. 

One of the teams looking to improve their position are the Tweed Seagulls who this week will host Western Mustangs in the final game of the round on Sunday.

Tweed are currently in eighth spot with three win and had their last round game against Souths Logan postponed.

However, the team were in action last weekend during their bye, putting on their puffer jacket to be like Marty McFly to go "back to the future" to Round 1 to take  Norths Devils in their postponed match.

Tweed were clinical against the Devils, with a six-point lead at half-time becoming 22 points at full-time.

This season, Tweed coach Aaron Zimmerle has challenged his team to find the encounters in games that are learning and improving opportunities.

Tweed Seagulls in action. Photo: Dylan Parker Photography
Tweed Seagulls in action. Photo: Dylan Parker Photography

“We set challenges in our team like who can run over 200 metres and against Pride Malakhi Donovan made 226 metres and against the Bears, Brent Barnes made 204 metres,” Zimmerle said.

“We work a lot on how close can we tackle the other team to the sideline.

“Little contests inside the bigger contest that the players are responding to and wanting to improve.

“Khyan Weir was a player who came to us and was very raw, but he has just improved every week and shown a great willingness to learn and improve.

“Jaylan De Groot was our fullback and he wants to improve his movement around the ball, he is constantly trying to get better.

“This week is another challenge, we need to go to play the Mustangs with a good attitude to our football."

The Mustangs were also in action last weekend as they also played a catch up game, going down 88-12 against Townsville Blackhawks. 

This weekend, the Blackhawks take on Mackay Cutters and will be looking to continue their winning ways. Their last game was a big win against Western Clydesdales in a catch-up match played last weekend, but their Round 7 match was a closer affair against the Ipswich Jets. It was 10-10 at half-time and the game was a struggle for both teams in terrible conditions at Ipswich.

Townsville completed the task, and their attack was excellent. In the match, the team made 46 tackle  beaks and five line breaks, while in defence they were also strong, only missing 16 tackles. The side showed great effort and resilience to keep covering the Jets attack.

Edward Hampson made 196 metres in ankle deep mud and slush and Adam Mitchell was great in defence with 27 tackles.

The Mackay Cutters came up against the Wynnum Manly Seagulls and found themselves behind 12-0, but showed plenty of fight to get back to 16-6.

The Cutters just didn’t have enough ball to win a football game and when they did have it, they didn’t do enough with it.

Kane Simon though impressed, and nearly cracked the 200-metre barrier with 199 metres.

Brenton Baira made two line breaks and Baden Robinson was a tackling monster, putting a stop to the Seagulls 50 times.

The Tigers will be looking forward to this game against Burleigh Bears this weekend after their Round 7 game was postponed, meaning they have missed two weeks of football. The last time they played however it was a 32-28 victory against Sunshine Coast Falcons.

For the Bears however, it will be a football mystery that will be hard to explain for generations to come, with the side scoring six tries, earning 60 per cent of the ball, breaking 52 tackles and only missing 28 tackles, but somehow still losing by two to the Capras.

In that match, Kaden Sommerville was a standout, making 138 metres and Ben Kay made 31 tackles.

Norths Devils suffered a loss against Tweed last weekend in their postponed catch-up game, which came off the back of their 42-10 loss to the Capras two weeks ago. In Round 7, the Devils took too long to get going and just didn’t control the ball when they had it to control.

The Falcons on the other hand were on duty in Round 7 and won out in a try-fest against the Pride, claiming a 50-42 victory in Cairns.

The Redcliffe Dolphins will host Ipswich Jets in a big day of football at Moreton Daily Stadium, which as well as hosting the two teams in the Hostplus Cup, will also showcase the BMD Premiership grand final between Central Queensland Capras and North Queensland Gold Stars.

Coming into this round, the Dolphins last played in Round 7 and had a win over the Western Mustangs in Pittsworth. It was a tight game, but the Dolphins had control at half time, leading 14-0.

The Dolphins attack certainly had some shine on it with Ben Kosi and William Boland both providing breaks and metres by the truckload.

The Jets were pipped by Townsville Blackhawks in their last outing and will be working hard to claim those tight wins against more fancied opposition, starting with the Dolphins this weekend. 

Heavy lifter - Owen Pattie

Wynnum Manly Seagulls won 16-6 over the Mackay Cutters in Round 7 and will be happy to continue on their way when they take on the Capras this weekend. 

The Seagulls controlled the game from the start, scoring in the third minute and Zaen Edmonds made runs that caused impact and errors in the defence.

The high-living Capras defied the statistics to win against the Bears in their last match and will still be counting their lucky stars that they got away with a two-point win, but they’re the wins you reflect on in September.

Owen Pattie scored two tries and made 42 tackles, while Mitchell Leard-Lamont made 203 metres.

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