Local derby to push Tweed Seagulls
TWEED Heads Seagulls are accepting the challenge of Burleigh Bears as they chase the exhilaration of victory when clashing tomorrow afternoon at Pizzey Park.
The local derby (3pm) will push both teams to the limit and they will be cheered, and in some cases jeered, by district supporters in the round 14 Queensland Cup encounter.
Coach Ben Anderson said the game would be competitive but his men were set to go in an attempt to gain revenge. “We are ready and it will be a good test because the local derby is always a tough game,” he said.
“They beat us in round three by six points so we will be looking to get one back.”
The Seagulls are nesting at eighth spot on the table and the Bears are ranked sixth.
Captain Brad Davis said it was an important game for them and both teams were displaying some quality form. “It would be a good game to win as both teams are playing good footy,” he said. “It should be a tight game and the scores are generally pretty close.”
There is the possibility of some Gold Coast Titans players attending the match as both outfits are feeder clubs to the NRL side. “We have a lot of fringe players who play for the Titans and so do Burleigh ... I think a few Titans might come and watch,” Davis said.
The Seagulls will have to rotate stocks as Will Matthew is out with injury with Cody Nelson while Josh Graham will need to pass a fitness test before the match. Key player Kayne Lawton is a welcome addition, resuming his partnership with Davis.
Davis said the Bears were pretty strong across the park and featured some NRL players.
“They have some good backs, including Steve Michaels and Clinton Toopi, so that makes them dangerous,” he said. “Their forwards have been strong and are a well-balanced team with lots of good players.”
Anderson said Burleigh boasted a good-sized pack which would be tough to counter, as they have the best defensive record in the competition.
In other matches, Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles play Wynnum Manly Seagulls, Mackay Cutters host Redcliffe Dolphins, Northern Pride face South Logan Magpies, Central Comets take on Easts Tigers and Norths Devils clash with Ipswich Jets.