The Gold Coast Tweed Rugby League grand final has ended with the Tugun Seahawks claiming the 2016 Gen Z Employment Cup title.
A great display of football by the two sides as the Seahawks prove to be in control for the majority of the game. A try to Seahawks hooker Grayson Te Kiri within the first 5 minutes of the match saw the Seahawks take the early lead. A sideline run off a scrum saw winger Adam Barnes cross the line to extend Tugun’s lead further. The Bears struggled to keep up with Tugun’s intensity and defended for the majority of the first half. An error by the Seahawks saw the Bears Scott Purvis chase his own kick to get Burleigh on the score board. An act of foul play by Tugun’s Dean Murphy saw him have 10 minutes in the bin and a penalty try awarded.
Half time score 16-8 in favour of the Seahawks.
Taking the lead further, the Seahawks are first to score in the second half with a play on the wing giving Tim Matenga space to run around and score. Unable to break Tugun’s defensive line, the Bears struggle to create opportunities as the Seahawks close in on their plays. A nicely timed kick from the wing saw a great bounce for Ayden Lee to pick up and score under the posts for Tugun. 6 minutes until full time and the Bears slot in with a simple play to get Rhys Duke some points on the board. Little too late for the Bears as unforced errors and full time nearing sees their chance at the title slipping away. A field goal by Reece Worboys on the full time buzzer saw the Seahawks claim victory in what was a dominate performance by Tugun.
Full time score 27-14 in favour of the Seahawks.