Makeshift 'Gulls grind down 'Pies
TWEED Heads overcame a one-man deficit and injury woes to kick off their Queensland Cup campaign with an impressive 26-12 victory away to Souths Logan yesterday.
It wasn't the start the Seagulls were looking for when fullback Shannon Walker was given his marching orders just 12 minutes into the season opener for a dangerous high tackle.
And the troubles didn't end there for coach Ben Anderson with Kayne Lawton (concussion) and Will Matthews (hamstring) forced from the Davies Park field not long after.
However, the Seagulls showed great courage in what Anderson described as a culture-building performance.
“It was never going to be the most polished display,” Anderson said.
“The second half really wasn't pretty.
“It was a massive effort that shows we have a really good squad.”
Anderson is hoping the win will inject some confidence into the team ahead of their round two clash against Norths Devils.
“The boys were absolutely buzzing after the game,” he said.
Captain Brad Davis was most impressed by winger Nathaniel Barnes who was forced to shift to fullback as a replacement for Walker.
“Barnes was really good for us today,” Davis said.
“He was everywhere and he made some really crucial plays.”
Davis said the depth of this season's squad had also allowed Ryan Milligan to jump in as Lawton's replacement in the halves without the side losing momentum.
“We're lucky we've got so much strength in the team.”
Elsewhere, Mackay Cutters beat Norths Devils 16-6, Northern Pride dominated Central Comets 36-10, Redcliffe Dolphins edged out Wynnum Manly Seagulls 22-16, Burleigh Bears defeated Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles 32-10 and East Tigers drew with Ipswich Jets 16-16.