Rivals face off in trial

Rugby League

GRAND final combatants Tweed Heads Seagulls and Tugun will renew their rivalry when they clash in a pre-season trial match at Currumbin tomorrow.

Tugun got the better of their southern neighbours in a sprited Gold Coast Group 18 grand final last season but officials from both clubs are determined to leave that stoush in the past.

Instead, they are intent on giving their players the opportunity to impress as they look to settle on line-ups ahead of the season proper.

Seagulls will chop and change players with a squad of 34 players to be used.

"We had 28 players last weekend (in a game against the US Tomahawks) and another 34 this week," coach Troy McCarthy said.

"None of the players from last week are involved. We wanted to give the other 34 guys, who have been pre-season training, the chance to get the rust out of their system and push for positions."

Tugun coach Craig Briscoe said the game was an important part of the Seahawks' preparations for their debut in the Mixwell Cup.

"(Tomorrow's) score doesn't really bother me, we just need a good run," Briscoe said.

"We have got a good squad this season and I want to see how all the boys play."

Both clubs scored convincing wins against the US Tomahawks last week in their only hit-outs of the year so far.

Tomorrow's game at Galleon Way starts at 6.30pm, with an under-19 match from 5pm. Entry is free.

Meanwhile, Ali Brown has been given the nod over a fully-fit Adam Hayden to captain the Burleigh Bears as the club looks to back up last year's Queensland Cup success.

Speculation had been rife around the club Hayden would reclaim the captaincy, but coach Rick Stone has opted to stick with last year's winning formula.

Hayden was named captain for the 2003 season before suffering a knee injury which kept him out of the game for 14 months.

The club returns to the playing field this weekend with trial games against reigning Newcastle League premiers Wests tonight and Redcliffe tomorrow. Both games will be played at Pizzey Park. Entry is free with tonight's game kicking off at 7.30pm and tomorrow's at 7pm.

o?If your sporting club has a trial game this weekend or is involved in a competition, give the Daily News sports team a call on 5523 6242 or email at sports@tweednews.com.au.

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