Bucks bonus for our Gulls

By KATE McINTOSH

TWEED Heads Seagulls are poised for a potential $100,000 sponsorship windfall, following their historic Queensland Cup victory.

Media coverage following Saturday's commanding grand final win has bolstered the club's profile, with management, yesterday predicting a sponsorship coup.

The club, which beat more fancied rivals Redcliffe 28-18 in front of a large hometown contingent at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium, to bring the cup south of the border for the first time, is now looking to capitalise off the field.

Asked to estimate the value of Sax turday's cup win in monetary terms, club president Wayne Fitzpatrick said:

"I'd say it would be in the range of $50,000 to $100,000."

Currently sponsored by ABC Brick Sales, plus several smaller local businesses, the club now hopes to secure big business backing both in the Tweed and across the border.

And while competition for sponsorship dollars remains fierce, Mr Fitzpatrick is confident the club's recent win will give them an edge.

"This has stepped us up another level now and I think people knowing we've won that will help attract bigger sponsorship and larger crowds," he added.

"As part of that success we're hoping more local businesses will come on board."

Seagulls, which runs at a relatively modest budget in comparison to fellow Titans feeder clubs Burleigh and Ipswich, has typically struggled to meet the huge salaries offered by rival clubs.

Mr Fitzpatrick said several Seagulls players had already been approached by rival clubs following Saturday's win. And despite it's on field success the club will this year struggle to break even.

"In terms of budget and the salaries that are offered we just can't compete," he said.

He hopes Seagulls recent success will also lure people to club home games currently played at Piggabeen Sports Complex.

"There's been great community support (since the club's grand final win), and hopefully we'll see that patronage continued with more people coming through the gates," he said.

Mr Fitzpatrick said the presence of the Gold Coast Titans had helped boost the profile of rugby league across the Gold Coast and also offered further cross promotion opportunities.

"Our affiliation with the Titans is a big attraction. We'll be playing our home games on alternative weekends (to the Titans) and we'll also be having Titans players on the field," he said.



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