New look Seagulls to face Dolphins
THE Tweed Heads Seagulls will look to get off to a flying start in the 2010 Queensland Cup, when they tackle northern rivals Redcliffe Dolphins in round one on the weekend of March 13-14.
While the venue and kick-off time are yet to be decided, the encounter promises to be a belter.
Points are always rife between the two sides and when they last clashed in round 20 last season, it was a Kingi Akaoula brace that paved way for a hard-fought 28-24 triumph in favour of Tweed, who had lost the first high-scoring battle 42-32.
It will be new coach Ben Anderson’s – son of former NSW and Australian coach Chris – first match in charge of the proud club and he will no doubt want to get away to a winning start.
So too will incoming coaches Mark Gee (Burleigh Bears), Paul Bramley (Mackay Cutters), David Maiden (Northern Pride), John Dixon (Redcliffe Dolphins), Mark Beaumont (Souths Logan Magpies), and Paul Green (Wynnum Manly Seagulls).
Wynnum Manly meet Burleigh Bears, Central Comets clash with Mackay Cutters, Ipswich Jets take on Easts Tigers, Souths Logan tackle Norths Devils, and Northern Pride play Sunshine Coast.
The most explosive showdown of round one promises to be the last, between recent grand final combatants the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles and the Northern Pride. This clash provides the Pride with an early opportunity to extract revenge on the Sea Eagles, who beat the Cairns club 32-18 in this year’s decider at Stockland Park.