Hungry Gulls head north for key clash
THE Tweed Heads Seagulls will look to bounce back when they travel to Brisbane this weekend to face Norths, after suffering their first loss in four weeks at the hands of Wynnum Manly on Sunday.
The Seagulls were riding a wave of momentum following three consecutive home wins against Mackay (round eight), Central Queensland (round nine) and the Sunshine Coast (round 10), after recording only one win from six games and a bye prior to that.
The 10th-placed Seagulls have named an unchanged side from the team that went down to Wynnum Manly and Seagulls CEO Shaun McRae said the side was gunning for a win against a Norths side currently in 12th spot.
“It’s important for us to bounce back as we’d won three-in-a-row leading up to Wynnum, but probably didn’t perform as well as we would have liked,” McRae said.
“When you come off a loss, you want to avenge it and this is our first away game for some time (round seven).
“It’s important to start beating sides around you and climb the ladder.
“The two points are very valuable; it’s the halfway point of the season and we have to make sure we’ve won enough come the pointy end of the season.”
McRae said the side had been fairly consistent over the last month, with Seagulls’ A-Graders Matt Hundy, David Sheridan and Ethan Price all contributing after being promoted to the Intrust Super Cup side by coach Aaron Zimmerle.
“The A-grade side is undefeated and we take pride in that comp, because that forms the basis of our feeder role,” McRae said.
“The form being shown there by a number of players has been excellent.”
Sheridan scored six tries in three games – including three first-half tries in round 10 – prior to injuring his neck against the Falcons and will be a big loss.
Hundy (centre) and Price (interchange) retain their spots, with Gold Coast Titans listed players, including fullback Shannon Walker, centre Karl Lawton and second-rower Ryan Simpkins, also lining up.
The game gets under way at Bishops Park, Nundah this Sunday at 3pm, before the Seagulls return home to Piggabeen next Sunday for a clash against cellar dweller Ipswich.