Star quality: Seagulls hooker Tim Maccan (right) stretches out with NSW players Brent White (centre) and Kurt Gidley.
Star quality: Seagulls hooker Tim Maccan (right) stretches out with NSW players Brent White (centre) and Kurt Gidley. Larissa Nicholson

Brush with Blues a tonic for Tweed

TWEED Heads Seagulls have an extra spark this week and are hoping it spills over this afternoon when they take on Norths Devils at Ned Byrne Field.

The Seagulls seem more optimistic this week which is undoubtedly because they had the rare opportunity of training with the New South Wales Blues on Thursday.

After losing two games in a row, the Seagulls appear to be in a bit of trouble ahead of their round 13 clash (2pm) in the Queensland Cup competition.

Coach Ben Anderson said the Devils had been frontrunners all year and it would be a challenging game for them.

“They are a definite premiership threat and they are a big bunch of boys,” he said

“Really they are a big side all-round, so we will have to have our attacking boots on,” he said.

“We will have to watch their five-eighth, fullback and wing where they have a lot of pace.”

The Devils are ranked second in the competition and have only lost two match, boasting former NRL Brisbane Broncos player Shane Perry.

Hooker Tim Maccan agreed with Anderson and said they have some fast backs but also a massive forward pack.

“They are a strong side all across the park and they don't do anything wrong,” he said.

“We got beaten by them in round two by 10 points so we are keen to get one back.”

The Seagulls have had a fabulous week, especially on Thursday when they had a two-hour training session with the Blues at their home ground.

Anderson said his players were really pumped after meeting their heroes and it was a great learning experience for them.

“The boys got a real buzz and it was a very fast game but it was also really physical,” he said.

Maccan said he relished the once-in-a-lifetime experience to play with the best in the state. “It was an unreal training session and everything was done at 100 miles an hour but the boys enjoyed every minute of it,” he said.

Another achievement for the Seagulls is their captain Brad Davis becoming the eighth player to score 700 points in the Queensland Cup.

The Blues have training sessions today and tomorrow at 11am at Ned Byrne Field.



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