High flying Gulls into semis
THE Tweed Heads Seagulls are into the finals series of the Queensland Cup after defeating the Mackay Cutters in the last round of the competition at Ned Byrne Field, Kingscliff on Saturday afternoon.
Seagulls ran out victors 34-10 to finish sixth on the ladder and book a date with Souths Logan next week in the first weekend of finals.
The match also saw James Wood and Tim McCann celebrate their 100th Queensland Cup games for Seagulls with Wood scoring the final try of the match.This year's finals series catersfor six teams, and Tweed's win placed the team sixth on the ladder tobook a date with reigning premiers Souths Logan in Brisbane next week.
While Souths are the minor premiers, the challenge is one that the Tweed players are looking forward to.
Tweed,led on the field by Maccan and Wood, and Mackay produced some tight,controlled football before Seagulls captain and five-eighth Brad Davisbroke the deadlock to score beside the posts.
He converted his own try to give the home team a 6-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Mackay,despite sitting on the bottom of the table, played with plenty ofspirit and conviction, far better than their position on the tablewould have suggested.
An intercept try towinger Brenton Bowen and Davis's conversion extended the Tweed lead to12-0. Another try in the 35th minute to fullback Ryan Milligan,converted by Davis, gave Tweed an 18-0 half-time lead.
“Ourcompletion rates were very good and we aimed to be the first ones toscore this week, as opposed to how we have gone previously,” coachSteve Lacey said.
“We didn't want to be a in a position where we had to rely on other results to stay in the finals hunt.
“I'm very pleased with the way we were able to build pressure and work on constructing our tries.
“Mackay never gave in and gave us a good match.”
Inthe second half, Tweed was again the first to score, through secondrower Tom Kingston, with Davis converting to have his team cruising at24-0.
However, in what was reward for effort,Mackay crossed through winger Anthony Perkins, with centre DonaldMalone converting to make it 24-6.
A converted try to Seagulls' hooker Joel Brown took the score to 30-6, before Mackay crossed through Malone to make it 30-10.
Fittingly, James Wood crossed for the final try to make the score 34-10.
“It was a great match and exactly what we anted,” Wood said after the match.
“Itwas a special moment running on to the field with Tim in front of myfamily and friends to mark my 100th game. I thought we were able tobuild a lot of pressure.
“It was great to be able to score a try in this match but we still have plenty of work to do next week.”
Maccan was quick to praise his team-mates in the win.
“Itwas a great team effort and we showed plenty of enthusiasm andattitude,” Maccan said. “I'm glad to get the result and stay alive forthe finals - now it's on to match 101.”
Inother Queensland Cup matches, the Northern Pride upset premiers SouthsLogan 29-18, Sunshine Coast smashed Wynnum Manly 56-28, Redcliffe beatEasts 38-24, Burleigh beat the Central Comets 36-12 and Norths beatIpswich 30-18.
Not only will Tweed's QueenslandCup side be in action next weekend but so will their FOGS Colts team,which finished the season in fourth place and will play Sunshine Coast.