Seagulls can?t get enough footy
By BOB ANTHONY
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THE Tweed Heads Seagulls are preparing to make a major assault on Queensland rugby league, entering teams in three seperate competitions for 2006.
Seagulls made the decision to withdraw from the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League last year, but will continue to field a team in the Queensland Cup, as well as having an Agrade and under-19 side in the new Former Origin Greats (FOGS) Competition (which replaces the Mixwell Cup) and A grade, reserves and under 19s teams in the Gold Coast Rugby League competition.
It is a big commitment for the Tweed club, but one which football administrator Jack Stiles is confident Seagulls can fulfil.
Stiles said there had been keen interest from players wanting to be part of Seagulls, espe- cially since the club would be one of three 'feeder clubs' to the new Gold Coast Titans, who join the NRL competition next year.
"Because of the Titans, we have had plenty of players coming to us to play because they can see it as a stepping stone in their own rugby league careers," Stiles said.
"We have had good numbers at training, but we will need to keep them up because of the number of competitions we are entering."
He said this year, the draw for both the Queensland Cup and the FOGS competition would mean there would be a home game at Piggabeen almost every second week.
"We have 10 home games scheduled, which will see both our Queensland Cup and FOGS sides playing on the same afternoon," Stiles side.
"Most of those games are on Sundays."
There are 11 teams in the Queensland Cup, the North Queensland Young Guns, the Central Comets, Norths Devils, Redcliffe Dolphins, Toowoomba Clydesdales, Ipswich Jets, East Tigers, Wynnum Manly Seagulls, South Logan Magpies, the Burleigh Bears and Seagulls.
The FOGS competition will also have 11 teams, but three of the sides will come from South East Queensland, replacing sides from North Queensland, Central Queensland and Toowoomba.
The FOGS competition will include East Tigers, Western District Panthers, North Devils, Sunshine Coast Falcons, Redcliffe Dolphins, Aspley Devils, Souths Logan Magpies, Wynnum Manly Seagulls, Ipswich Jets, Burleigh Bears and Seagulls.
The Tweed side will field an A-grade team in the Gold Coast comp and has formed a partnership with Currumbin/Tugun junior rugby league to field an under-19 side in the same competition.
That side will play from Galleon Way at Currumbin.
"The team will be known as Currumbin-Tugun-Seagulls and play in black and white, but won't be playing from Piggabeen," Stiles side.
Seagulls have appointed Steve Murphy as their Queensland Cup coach, who will be assisted by Peter Gill, while Troy McCarthy assisted by Ken Taylor will coach the FOGS competition A-grade side.
The Tweed side will open its 2006 Queensland Cup campaign against Wynnum Manly at Wynnum on March 11 while its first home game will be against the North Queensland Young Guns on April 2.