Seagulls spring upset
THE Tweed Heads Seagulls are just one win out of the top six after a courageous come-from-behind win over Souths Logan at Ned Byrne Field yesterday.
Reigning premiers Souths Logan were looking to join the Central Comets at the top of the Queensland Cup ladder and after establishing a 24-6 lead with 15 minutes left on the clock, they would have thought they had the two points from the game in the bag.
However, Seagulls mounted a stunning comeback to score 22 unanswered points and claim the upset.
“There will be a few teams looking over their shoulders at us now,” Seagulls skipper Brad Davis said.
“We started really well, opening the scoring off the first set and the game then developed into a really good tight contest.
“They managed to get a couple of tries in the first half but I never thought we were out of it, going to the half-time break down 12-6.
“However in the second half, they managed to put on some quick tries and the lead blew out but the talk among the players was always positive..
“Our defence was very solid and the tries they scored came off kicks ... we knew they couldn't go through us.
“After the game against the Northern Pride in Cairns, we wanted to lift our intensity and play consistent football for longer periods of the match and we were able to do that against Souths.
“It was a very pleasing performance and I think the players know that if we can keep that form going, we can beat just about anybody.”
For Seagulls fans, it was a case of turning the tables on some of the more fancied sides with Tweed being the victim of come-from-behind wins in the past.
Davis, who also co-coaches the side with Steve Lacey, paid tribute to his forward pack, especially Titans signing Daniel Conn.
“He did a lot of work there today and led by example, especially considering we were down on front rowers,” Davis said.
“James Woods showed what a great support player he is and we managed to score some good long-range tries through Ben Jeffery and David Mead.”
Seagulls will look to maintain their charge when they host competition leaders Central Comets on Saturday in the ABC TV match of the round.
“I am not really worried about where they are on the ladder,” Davis said. “For us, the main thing is to continue to produce solid, consistent efforts.”
With this year's finals series comprising six teams, Seagulls are just outside the top six on percentages.
A win next week could see them back in the top half of the ladder for the first time since 2007.
In the yesterday's lower grade matches, the Seagulls FOGS Cup side went down to Souths 38-4 while the Gulls FOGS Colts slipped out of the top five with a 20-18 loss to Souths.
In the only other match played at the weekend, Sunshine Coast beat Norths Devils 34-24.