Seagulls facing chop



TWEED Heads Seagulls players will go into camp tomorrow knowing its their final chance to earn a starting spot in this season's Queensland Cup side.

The club opens its Cup campaign away to Central Queensland next Sunday and coaches will this weekend whittle down the squad from 35 players to 17.

Seagulls will bunker down on the Gold Coast after being beaten 12-10 by reigning Cup champions Burleigh in a "sloppy" pre-season trial match at Cararra at the weekend.

"It was a disappointing display," assistant coach Peter Gill said.

"We only completed 11 from 40 sets throughout the game. We won't win games unless we can control the ball better."

"A lot depends on this weekend."

While Seagulls will stage a two-day camp at Tallebudgera, the club will also field a team to play Murwillambah in a trial match at Stan Sercombe Oval on Saturday.

The Mustangs had their first hit-out of the season last week- end, scoring a 26-16 victory against fellow Northern Rivers rivals Lismore Marist Brothers but coach Con Theodossiou is eager to give his charges another run as he looks to finalise his A Grade squad.

"There is a lot of competition for spots and everyone is putting in," Theodossiou said.

"I've got about 15 forwards who can all play first grade.

"We will have to see what happens over the next couple of weeks .?.?. (although) I would think the side that plays against Ballina (on Saturday, March 19) would be pretty close to the side that starts the competition."

South Tweed will head to Ballina this weekend to play the home side in all three grades after opening their preseason campaign with a 24-20 win over Byron Bay last weekend.

"There were a few teething problems as the boys find their feet, but I'm sure that will come," South Tweed president Robert Loring said.

Meanwhile, Cudgen will travel to Gympie for a trial game full of confidence after impressing at a competition in Bundaberg last week.

Coach Jamie Mathiou said his side won four of five games at the competition, including a victory against the Central Queensland Comets.

Last year's Group 18 premiers Tugun will have the weekend off with the Mixwell Cup competition set to start next weekend.

Tugun, who last weekend reached the quarterfinals of an eight-a-side competition at Sydney before going out to eventual winners Fiji, opens its campaign with a tricky clash away to Wests.



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