Seagulls swoop on redcliffe dolphins at kingscliff
THE Tweed Heads Seagulls have retained fifth spot on the Queensland Cup ladder with a gutsy 28-24 win over the Redcliffe Dolphins at Ned Byrne Field, Kingscliff yesterday.
With just two rounds remaining, the win was vital to Seagulls chances of post season action but they can ill-afford to drop any games with a number of teams within reach of their spot.
However, yesterday Seagulls played with the commitment and attitude that could see them be a real threat in the finals series.
“It was a big improvement from the Wynnum Manly game out there today,” captain Brad Davis said.
“We played well in stages and then had a lapse but were able to regroup and stay in front.
“Towards the end, they threw everything at us but our defence was good and we are starting to build some good combinations leading into the finals.”
One of the pleasing things about yesterday's win was the return to form of fullback Shannon Walker and winger Brenton Bowen, who was named as the player's player of the match for Tweed.
“Brenton had a big game, particularly in defence for us and he scored a try as well and Shannon scored a long range try which did his confidence good,” Davis said.
Walker opened the scoring after swooping on a Redcliffe kick, then splitting the defence and running 80m to score.
However, the Dolphins were able to come back to have the scores locked up at half time at 12-all.
Seagulls got off to a strong start in the second half, only to again have to withstand a second half challenge by Redcliffe.
With the return of Ryan Simpkins and Daniel Conn to the forward pack and Selasi Berdie giving his usual 100 percent effort, Seagulls showed plenty of toughness.
Kingi Akauola made the most of his chances in the centres, scoring two tries and worrying the Redcliffe attack with some big hits.
Next week Seagulls travel to Norths Devils before hosting Mackay in their final game of the regular season.
In FOGS Cup, Redcliffe downed Seagulls 26-8 while in FOGS Colts Seagulls and Redcliffe battled out a 26-all draw.
In a round of upsets in the Queensland Cup Easts defeated Burleigh 42-24, Ipswich continued their good run of form to down Wynnum Manly 26-18, the Sunshine Coast kept the Central Comets scoreless, winning 46-0, the Mackay Cutters upset the Northern Pride, breaking through for a long overdue win 17-16 and Norths Devils surprised premiers Souths Logan 44-28.