After teams have a Bye weekend, Round 11 of the Rugby League Gold Coast A Grade Competition will kick off this weekend with full anticipation.
Runaway Bay Seagulls v Tugun Seahawks
On Saturday, the Runaway Bay Seagulls will play host to the strong Tugun Seahawks. The Seahawks have had a light training week and are eager to get on the field this Saturday. Although just falling short to the Burleigh Bears 10-12, Coach Martin Griese was pleased with the team’s performance despite being short a couple of players. “We developed some good structures and our defence has improved significantly”, said Griese of the team’s performance. The Seahawks have been working on their discipline and attitude which they hope can be reflected on field this week. On the other hand, the Runaway Bay Seagulls are excited to take on the Seahawks as they fight to stay in the top two of the competition. Defeating the Currumbin Eagles in last weekend’s catch up match 50-10, the Seagulls are in top form.
Currumbin Eagles v Southport Tigers
Although dominated by the Runaway Bay Seagulls last weekend, the Currumbin Eagles will lead into the Southport clash positive to stay amongst finals contention. The Eagles will be hoping to come out strong as the Southport Tigers are hot on their trail on the ladder. To stay within finals contention, the Eagles will need to use techniques from last week and maintain their defence as the Tigers have some hard-hitting forwards. Although losing to the Tweed Heads Seagulls last round, the Tigers are positive leading into this week’s clash against the Eagles. “We chased the Seagulls down from their 18-0 lead and finished with a forced 20-27 loss”, said Tigers Coach Tim Cannard of the tough match. Cannard was relived the team can match up against one of the top in the competition and is hopeful for the finals series. The Tigers will see the return of full back Jordan Stewart and looks again to Mick Esdale and Scott Jensen for support this weekend.
Tweed Heads Seagulls v Bilambil Jets
Dominating last weekend’s match up against the Ormeau Shearers, the Bilambil Jets are leading into this weekend on a positive note. Working on rebuilding their structure and strength, the Jets are in form to challenge one of the top sides. As Cal Lynn and Josh Quinn both score a double, the Jets will be aiming to again defeat the Tweed Heads Seagulls and move up in ladder standings. Defeating the Seagulls in Round 2, the Bilambil Jets will be leading in the match knowing the Seagulls will want redemption. After a rest weekend, the Seagulls are starting on the back foot against the Jets.
Burleigh Bears v Ormeau Shearers
The undefeated Burleigh Bears will kick off late on Sunday, 4.30pm at Pizzey Park against the Ormeau Shearers. A light week of training for the Bears, Coach Stuart Wilkins is pleased with the lead up and attitude of the team. “We are focusing on our game, ruck speed and simple ball work this week”, said Wilkins. Anthony Gray, Daymeric Pelo and Dylan Pelo all stand out and will be ones to watch. Suffering another loss in the makeup round last weekend, the Shearers are gearing up for a tough match against the Bears. Unable to keep up for the southern Bilambil Jets, the Shearers week by week train to improve in their own game. Giving the team a boost, Shane Blow scored a double last weekend to put some points on the board.
Round 11 Teams List
Runaway Bay Seagulls v Tugun Seahawks at Bycroft Oval, Saturday, July 8th – 5.30pm
Runaway Bay Seagulls
Coach: Clinton Toopi
1. John Mackin 2. Walter Launstein 3. Lance Belford-Laulu 4. Matt Gandy (c) 5. Jake Powell 6. James Poland 7. Falani Arkell 8. Jordan McLaughlin 9. Henry Chan-Ting 10. Kingi Akauola 11. Kimihia O Te Matauranga Pakipaki Hemopo 12. Andrew Vela 13. Brodie Clark 14. Ethan Gallop 15. Rob Reid 17. Santana Latu 21. Jackson O’Leary
Coach: Martin Griese
1. Corey Morris 2. Adam Barnes 3. Kevin Nilan 4. Tim Cassidy 5. Elijah Barnes 6. Grayson Te Kiri 7. Drumayne Dayberg-Muir 8. Bryce Thomas 9. Chris Thomas 10. Brad Adams 11. Daniel Webb 12. Ayden Lee 13. Shane Gray 14. Zac Jones 15. Matt Byrne 16. Tu Whakatihi 17. Sam Eley
Currumbin Eagles v Southport Tigers at Galleon Way, Sunday, July 9th – 2pm
Coach: Ryan Gundry
1. Jackson Galwey 2. Lachie Smith 3. Kenny Allison (c) 4. Nathan Ingram 5. Harley Wood 6. Brayden Evans 7. Liam Donnelly 8. Jarrod Gill 9. Kelly Benson 10. Kieran Tarrant 11. Jayde Batchelor 12. Scott Avery 13. Wayne Ryburn 14. Jake Long 15. Cooper Hennessey 16. Ethan Williams 17. Jacob Roby
Coach: Tim Cannard
1. Jordan Stewart 2. Jayden Watene 3. Joe Ramsden 4. Carlo Alimboyong 5. Classie Oti 6. Israel Oti 7. Kane Rudolph 8. Te-Reihana Peters 9. Damian Dumas 10. Lachlan Douglas 11. Justin McKenna 12. Adam Kelly 13. Mick Esdale 14. Zoram Watene 15. Jake Landers 17. Dylan Lagerstrom 19. Tahu-Potiki Tawhiwhirangi 20. Cody Evans
Tweed Heads Seagulls v Bilambil Jets at Piggabeen Sports, Sunday, July 9th – 2pm
Coach: Darryl Fisher
1.Jayden Baker 2. David Green 3. Kurtis McDonald 4. Regan Muir 5. David Sheridan 6. Kobi Annand 7. Ben Jackson 8. Ezra Howe 9. Mackensie Reid 10. Josh Harvey 11. Dane Clarke 12. Kirk Murphy 13. Shaun Hinton 14. Angus Dorante 15. Mike Grey 16. Diaz Sharrock 17. Michael McKinnon 18. Jordan Aiono 19. Jarrod Morfett
Coach: Craig Rowles
1. Cal Lynn 2. Brodie Cook 3. Ben Bullock 4. Luke Harvey 5. Josh Quinn 6. Tom Dawney 7. Carne Rhodes 8. Mitch Spackman (c) 9. Zeke Garrett 10. Chris Rigney 11. Harrison Burling 12. Jackson Springer 13. Tom Raftery 14. Luke Jaeger 15. Brendon Welsh 16. Nick Bond
Burleigh Bears v Ormeau Shearers at Pizzey Park, Sunday, July 9th – 4.30pm
Coach: Stuart Wilkins
1. Sam Grant 2. Toby McIntosh 3. Dylan Pelo 4. Te Rangiatea McDonal 5. Waka Wanahi 6. Keanu Te Kiri 7. Jacob Grant 8. Daymeric Pelo 9. Ricardo Parata 10. Tyler Sparkes 11. Jesse Malcolm 12. Daniel Schwass 13. Parahi Wilson 14. Sam Swift 15. Anthony Gray 16. Ben Carberry 17. Harry Hughes
Coach: Jeremy Golf
1. Nathan Farragher 2. TBA 3. Josh Walker 4. TBA 5. Taani Uhila-Ngata 6. TBA 7. Ben Muller 8. TBC 9. Dallas Chase 10. Mohi Kendrick 11. Trent Shield 12. Jordan Haim 13. Jack Sanburg 14. Jayde Graco 15. Ioane Seiuli 16. Dan Wilson 17. TBA