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Round 2 wrap: Aiken treble leads Seagulls to maiden win of 2024

Tweed Seagulls recorded the first win of their 2024 BMD Premiership campaign as classy playmaker Tarryn Aiken notched a hat-trick to overcome the Souths Logan Magpies 32-16 on Saturday.

The two points were extra special after the Seagulls went through the 2023 season without a win - the effort at Logan Metro Football Fields giving second rower Zara Canfield the confidence it's just the start of a more successful year.

"It hasn't been great for the Tweed. It has been a very long time since we came away with a win but we've come this year and the main focus has been to gel and play for each other and I think this year is going to be really exciting for us," said Canfield, who has been a constant in the side over a number of years.

"It's just about turning up for each other... and the whole team coming together and bringing their experience, it's been great."

The Seagulls set the tone early with commitment in defence, turning up for three repeat sets on their own line.

Canfield said it was exactly the start they needed.

"It just gave us confidence with the amount of 'D' we had to do in that first half really, they had a few repeat sets on our own line, but we dug deep and our line 'D' was great," she said.

"We were playing a big middles game this week, obviously they had a big pack across the board but our main focus was just fast play through the middle and our attack would come out wide."

The direction of hooker Lailee Phillips and impetus of the forwards led by lock Olivia Kernick was crucial to the Seagulls breaking through first through Felice Quinlan in the 7th minute.

Olivia Kernick being tackled by Souths Logan fullback Tori Groves-Little after making a line break. Photo: Jacob Grams/QRL
Olivia Kernick being tackled by Souths Logan fullback Tori Groves-Little after making a line break. Photo: Jacob Grams/QRL

The centre crashed over with a brave run against the grain to open the scoring, before Kernick got her reward with a try in the 16th minute.

The Magpies were kept under pressure and could not contain Tarryn Aiken in the 27th minutes, the Seagulls star stepping off her right to stroll over under the black dot to make it 16-0.

But the home side didn't stop trying, with Lavinia Gould bringing some spark off the bench to finally crack the Tweed defence three minutes from half time.

Ill-discipline was one of the Magpies' biggest drawbacks during the game and it reared on return from the interval when they gave away a penalty in their first defensive set and then a set restart on the last tackle of the next.

Tarryn Aiken was a class above in the 32-16 win. Photo: Jacob Grams/QRL
Tarryn Aiken was a class above in the 32-16 win. Photo: Jacob Grams/QRL

It ultimately took its toll with Aiken slicing through for her second try to help Tweed pick up where they left off.

Aiken completed her hat-trick when she burrowed over in the 48th minute to take the score out to 28-6.

Souths Logan still had plenty of motivation, rallying to earn chances on the Seagulls line and winger Kiarah Siauane made it count with a try in the 56th minute.

Tweed soon ended hopes of a comeback from the home side when Nikiah Campbell dotted down in the 62nd minute, although the Magpies had the final say through Kiia Parata to make the final score 32-16.

Canfield was full of praise for Aiken, but felt it was a clinical performance across the park and a great platform for the rest of the year.

"Honestly it was so good. We didn't start well with our first game last week but we bounced back and really played for each other and it showed through the week with what we've been practicing, and it's good to get the win," she said.

"'Taz' is great to have in your team, she sees what the 'D' is doing, but everyone has to do their job for Tarryn (Aiken) and the outsides and Ash (Quinlan) to do their job.

"We needed to get this win for the rest of this season just to give that boost that we have this team and we can come towards the back end of the season and come on stronger each week."

Wynnum Manly Seagulls, including a double to Destiny Mino-Sinapati, held off a fast-finishing Central Queensland Capras in Rockhampton.

Mackay Cutter got an important away win against the buoyant Sunshine Coast Falcons.

Norths Devils came from behind to beat Brisbane Tigers, with Montaya Hudson scoring the second of her two tries inside four minutes to go in the match to snare the two points.

Burleigh Bears scored three tries in the first 12 minutes and held off the Western Clydesdales in Pittsworth.

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