Tweed captain out for season
TWEED Heads has paid a high price for having three representatives in the Queensland Country side which down City at Kougari Oval, Wynnum on Saturday. Seagulls' inspirational captain, Andrew Moroney was forced from the field with a season-ending knee injury suffered in the 25th minute of the game won by Country 42-22. Ironically, Moroney's replacement, Burleigh's Leigh Coghill came on to deliver a barnstorming performance scoring three tries and earning selection in the Queensland Residents side to play a NSW Residents side as a curtain raiser for the third State Of Origin match in Brisbane on July 4. Moroney's loss is a body blow for Seagulls who face the in-form Ipswich Jets next Saturday afternoon as the curtain raiser for the Titans-Warriors clash at Carrara. The two other Tweed players wingers Shannon Walker and Nat Barnes came through the game unscathed but failed to make the Residents side. For the Country team, it was a courageous effort. coming from a 16-0 deficit after 15 minutes to take the game up to their fancied City opponents. The win was Country's biggest since the City Country concept began in Queensland in 1913 and broke a three-year stranglehold by annual favourites City. Premiership-winning Redcliffe coach Anthony Griffin will take the selected squad into a July 4 showdown with New South Wales Residents at Suncorp Stadium, the main curtain-raiser to State of Origin III.