Depleted tweed still confident of victory
AFTER scoring two impressive victories over the heavyweights of the Queensland Cup in recent weeks, captain Brad Davis faces one of his toughest challenges - getting his reshuffled side up and ready for Ipswich this afternoon in round 15 of the competition.
Davis has been forced to deal with major disruptions to his side that has knocked over Souths Logan and the Central Comets in successive weeks, with key players forwards Daniel Conn, Josh Graham and Will Matthews and back David Mead getting the call up to the Titans and injuries to winger Cameron White and forwards Jake Leary and Cody Nelson ruling them out of the clash with the Jets.
“We will be calling on our depth this week with Ryan Milligan and Luke Dumas coming onto the wings and Adam Mansy coming into the forwards,” David said.
“A big bonus for us is the return of Selasi Berdie who was originally going o start off the bench, but will now be in the run-on side.
“It's going to be tough ask for the players, but we have a bit of momentum going now and the players who are coming into the side have all had Q-Cup experience.
“They have been watching us over the past couple of weeks and appreciate that we have plenty of intensity about our game and will want to keep that going.
“Brock Hunter has been sensational for us this year and I expect him to lead us in the forward while Ryan Simpkins is just a workhorse player who gives his all.
“To have Sel back in the forwards will bring a lot of enthusiasm and I think the players will 'feed' off that.
“He might be short of a run but his presence will help us in defence.
“It will be a good test for us but after beating sides above us in the comp, we definitely don't want to lose to sides below us.”
Davis said the Seagulls had worked hard to get into the top six and were determined to stay there.
But he knew that Ipswich would be desperate for a win in front of their home crowd.
With the Gulls depleted, this could be the Jets' best chance, however, Davis was quietly confident his side could continue their roll and chalk up three wins in a row.
Seagulls take on Ipswich in all three grades with the FOGS Cup match kicking off at Briggs Road, Ipswich at 11.45am with the Queensland Cup game at 3pm.
In other Q Cup matches, Souths Logan host Easts, Burleigh are home to the Mackay Cutters, The Northern Pride travels to the Sunshine Coast, Norths Devils face Wynnum Manly at Bishop Park and the Central Comets host Redcliffe.