TWEED Head Seagulls' Queensland Rugby League Intrust Cup premiership aspirations took a nose-dive yesterday when comprehensively beaten 32-12 by Burleigh Bears at Pizzey Park.
The loss has the Seagulls precariously placed on the ladder in the race for a berth in the five-team semi-finals series.
They are still in fourth place on 23 points alongside third -placed Ipswich Jets but breathing down their necks are Easts (22) and Norths Devils (21) who met yesterday with the latter getting home 30-22 to keep their playoffs prospects alive.
Redcliffe Dolphins went to the top of the competition ladder with an absolute blitzing over previous leaders, Wynnum-Manly at Dolphin Park on Sunday.
The Dolphins raced in six tries, including one to Liam Georgetown who also managed to steer seven attempts at goal through the right places.
Redcliffe and Wynnum sit on 30 competition points but the Dolphins' superior points for-and-against percentages has them holding down pride of place.
At Pizzey Park, the Seagulls main attacking men Shaun Carney, Time Merritt and Phil Graham all posted lone tries but unfortunately the Bears the ran in six of their own, four of which were converted by Jordan Rankin.
The next round in the competition - stanza 19 - is a split round with just one match programmed over next weekend.
The Seagulls are in action the following weekend, heading to Langlands Park to face Easts Tigers in what will be a crunch match.
Bilambil Jets' hopes of retaining the Gold Coast Tweed Rugby League Bycroft Cup premiership took off yesterday on the back of a hard-fought and impressive 22-12 win over competition leaders, Southport Tigers.
The Jets trailed 8-4 at the break but finished stronger than their rivals although the final result could have gone either way until Tom Rowles scored a then converted try right on the fulltime hooter.
It was the Jets' best performance of the season with the forwards more than matching the huge and much-vaunted Tigers pack which allowed skilful halves, Justin Cullen and Paul Rolls to dictate out wide, giving their outside backs numerous opportunities to attack.
Both wingers, Black Broadwood and Matt Ovington scored tries as Jackson Stanford and Rowles who both made major contributions off the bench.
The victory has cemented the Jets a semi-final berth and going on that performance it is well within their capabilities to go all the way once again in 2012.
Cudgen Hornets and Tweed Coast Raiders have been on the receiving ends of floggings this season but both outfits put in vastly improved performances in their clashes over the weekend.
The Hornets, under new coach, Ray Hubbard, gave co-leaders, Tugun, a real run for their money before succumbing 36-20 in a highly entertaining affair while the Raiders were far from disgraced in losing 30-8 to Runaway Bay.
Cudgen and Tweed Coast have shown marked improvement in commitment over recent weeks - both teams only require a small handful of quality players to be a force in next year's competition.
Home James - and home he went!
Hefty Murwillumbah Mustangs backrower, Tim James, certainly homed in on the Evans Heads try line at Stan Sercombe Oval yesterday where he crossed the white line for five tries.
The Mustangs just about wrapped up the NRRRL first grade minor premiership with a 46-4 walloping of the Bombers who had no answer to James' blockbusting runs inside their 20 metres.
The Mustangs sit on 26 competition points and have a four point buffer over equal second placed Grafton Ghosts and Ballina with Byron Bay on 20 and Northern United on 19 - those teams will contest the semi-finals series.
The Mustangs' final two matches are an away match at Lismore's Crozier Oval against Northern United next Sunday and the following week, a home clash with equal second-placed Ballina at Stan Sercombe Oval.
Despite going into the match without the services of injured forward leading and goal-kicking ace, Luke Covell, the Mustangs, led by James and fellow pigs, Shane Kight and Sam Panting, proved much too good for their visitors who, to their credit, never hoisted the white flag.
In other matches this round, Marist Brothers thrashed Lower Clarence 48-10, Byron Bay proved a shade too strong for Kyogle, winning 32-18, Mullumbimby posted a morale-boosting 34-16 victory over Casino and the Ghosts got home 18-10 over Northern United.
Gold Coast Soccer
Murwillumbah confirmed their first division championship favouritism with an impressive 4-1 win over Tweed United in their local derby at Arkinstall Park on Saturday.
Tweed relinquished the competition lead to the victors who top the ladder on 29 points, one ahead over Tweed United but still with two games in hand.
Murwillumbah had the game in the bag by half-time after Brent Malone notched a double, and Dane Miller, playing virtually on one leg, also found the back of the net.
MFC made a bird of victory 15 minutes after the resumption when another goal thief, Josh Boag, slammed another past the Tweed United 'keeper.
The hosts only managed to get onto the scoreboard late in the match on the back of a MFC home goal.
Tweed though showed why they are strongly placed on the ladder and never shirked their task for the full duration.
But it is impossible not to be impressed by MFC.
As previously stated, the classy Miller was able to nurse a hamstring twinge throughout the match while Malone was forced from the field after just 30 minutes with a similar injury.
Both men will probably be rested for this Saturday's away game against struggling Bond University.
MFC's games in hand are against Griffith Uni which will be played on August 14 while date for the other match against Surfers Paradise is still to be determined.