A Grade Round 2
A great start to the Rugby League Gold Coast A Grade competition as teams break for the Easter Holiday following the first gala round held at Tugun Seahawks, Boyd Street. Teams exhibited great skill and performance and will be exciting to see for what they have to bring of the 2017 season.
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Bilambil Jets v Tweed Heads Seagulls
Clash of the southern teams, the Bilambil Jets will have the home advantage taking on the Tweed Heads Seagulls. After a dominant 46-6 win against the Ormeau Shearers, the Jets are on a high and eager to take on the Seagulls this weekend. With centre Luke McNamara and Wade Hall both scoring doubles, the Jets are well equipped and prepared to challenge the Seagulls. Experiencing some changes in the playing roster, the Seagulls have seen the return of a couple players for this weekend. Sione Alofi, Adam Barns and Regan Ogle will return to the squad this weekend to take on the Jets. Coach Darryl Fisher was overall happy with the team’s efforts against Burleigh and knows there is a lot of room to develop combinations in the future. Fisher said, “although we made a lot of errors against Burleigh, we hung on for every minute to defend and is something we will be doing for this week”. The Seagulls know the Jets are physical and have prepared for a tough match.
Ormeau Shearers v Burleigh Bears
The Ormeau Shearers will take on the Burleigh Bears at Brien Harris Oval as the Shearers will look to prove their strength against one of the top sides of the competition. After a brutal loss against Bilambil, the Shearers have re-grouped to prepare for this week. As a new team with almost a whole new playing roster, the Shearers will be taking every opportunity to put Burleigh on the back foot. The Bears co-captain Jesse Malcolm will be out this weekend after an injury just 2 minutes into the first game of the season. As some other players move up into the Queensland Cup side for the week, the Bears have worked on improving their discipline on field to increase possession. Coach Stuart Wilkins is hopeful the team can lift their on-field intensity and pick up the speed of the match. Wilkins says, “as a team we are not just looking at this week’s game but future games and how we can aim to better ourselves”.
Southport Tigers v Currumbin Eagles
The Southport Tigers will take on the unpredictable Currumbin Eagles at Owen Park. Losing last week, the Eagles will want to show their strength in the competition. Coach Ryan Gundry is pleased with the team’s effort and great to see where the team and season will head with one game under the belt. Gundry says, “we are training well and just want to return to the basics, completing sets, controlling the ball and coming off the line”. Kelly Benson and Brad Williams stand out and will be ones to watch this weekend. Although coming out with a draw with 2016 Premiers the Tugun Seahawks, Southport Tigers coach Tim Cannard knows the team has much more potential then exhibited last weekend. Cannard said, “the break was good, we got to work on fitness and contact”. Not overly focused on the Eagles, the Tigers are aiming to complete more sets and use their 5th tackle options.
Tugun Seahawks v Runaway Bay Seagulls
Last year’s premiers the Tugun Seahawks will take on the Runaway Bay Seagulls. After a draw last weekend, the Seahawks will be looking to secure a win and re-gain recognition as the team to beat. Seahawks coach Martin Griese was not overly impressed with the match as the team did not stick to the desired structure. Griese said, “although we haven’t had the best preparations we still need to build towards our structure for future games”. Reece Worboys stays out and is identified as a key player and driver of the team. Leading in the first half, the Seahawks have been working on fitness and conditioning of players for this week.
The Runaway Bay Seagulls will be looking at the Seahawks this week to give an indication of where they may stand within the competition. Returning coach Clinton Toopi says “we have some great depth in the club, gaining a couple young boys in the squad and have been working on establishing some combinations”. The Seagull have lost and gained some players in Ben Tuala and Jamie Anderson who brings another element and professionalism to the team. Previous co-captain Matt Gandy has also returned and will captain the side in 2017.
Good Luck to all teams this weekend!