Seagulls in bid for top-6 berth
THE Tweed Heads Seagulls crave a trio of wins, starting with tomorrow afternoon’s clash with Redcliffe Dolphins at Dolphin Oval.
Reeling off four consecutive wins, the Seagulls’ bubble burst last weekend after their loss to Easts Tigers, positioning them eighth on the table from 11 rounds of the Queensland Cup competition.
The Dolphins have set the challenge for the Seagulls after defeating them in round one by just two points.
Coach Ben Anderson said it would be a huge game for them and they wanted to string three wins together.
“The next three weeks are big and we have three tough matches coming up – Redcliffe, Norths Devils and Burleigh Bears,” he said.
“We will try to win and set ourselves up for the season as we battle for the top six.
“The Dolphins will be tough at home, especially after they beat Souths Logan in a tight one last week.”
Hooker Tim Maccan agreed it was a big match and they would need to be on their game.
“We played them in the season opener and I think they have improved their performance after taking on the top sides,” he said.
“Redcliffe have massive forwards and they are renowned for having a massive pack.”
The Seagulls don’t have a good record playing the Dolphins at their home ground, Maccan said.
“I don’t think we have beaten them at home before... well, if we did, it would be a long time ago,” he said.
“It will be a good test for us and it is crucial for us to have a win.”
Returning for the Seagulls is their saviour Brad Davis and possibly Cody Nelson and Ryan Simpkins, who need to pass a fitness test first.
Anderson said he was very happy to have his skipper Davis back in the starting line-up.
“I watched a video of last week’s game and I could see where Brad usually puts in,” he said.
“Brad really puts a polish on the game.
“He is superb in attack but also in defence and he is a great organiser.”
The action starts at 3pm.
In other matches, Burleigh Bears play Wynnum Manly Seagulls, Easts Tigers face Ipswich Jets, Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles take on Northern Pride, Mackay Cutters tackle Central Comets and Norths Devils host Souths Logan Magpies.