Seagulls bounce back after chaotic season on the field
BOUNCING back from a chaotic season, the Tweed Seagulls are now in top three contention for the QRL InTrust Cup.
Yesterday's round 19 cup clash at BMD Kougari Oval against Wynnum Manly Seagulls was a resounding success, with a 24-0 victory marking the third straight win for the Tweed side.
Coach Aaron Zimmerle was quietly confident the Tweed team could storm into the top three, or even make it all the way to the finals.
"It's a realistic goal, we're a point out of it," he said.
"But there's no guarantees in this comp
"I think three out of fives wins on the final run home would get us to the finals."
Tweed's solid defence was the clincher yesterday, keeping the Wynnum side attacking hard with no result.
"It was just desperation in defence," Zimmerle said.
"In the first half when the game was in the balance they had a chance."
Wynnum were held up over the line twice in the first half, while other promising runs failed due to Tweed's tenacity and tendency to swarm.
A breakthrough by Wynnum hooker Jake Granville was only unsuccessful due to a grounded ball during a pass to winger Nat Barnes.
Tweed five-eight Tom Dawney darted over the line from close range to score the first of five Seagull's trys.
And the success just kept on coming, with Tweed stalwarts Brad Lees and Shaun Carney both crossing over to bring the match to 14-0 at half-time.
The second half was no different, with Cory Blair barging his way through Wynnum's defences for another try.
A difficult pick up pass from Lees found its way to Tweed's James Wood in the left corner, for a textbook pass and a too-easy try.
Tweed will face the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles at Woodford this weekend.