Round 4 of the 2018 QTOP A Grade Competition will kick off this weekend and will see the Southport Tigers play host to the Burleigh Bears in the highlighted match of the round.
Scrambling together to get a side on the field, the Southport Tigers have had a rough pre-season and start to the year. “We needed to create a whole new roster and playing group and although it has been challenging, it has been an exciting challenge,” Tigers Coach Mark Ross said. Seeing only three players return from last year’s side, the Tigers are only just seeing structures and team stability come together. Focusing on the collaboration of the whole senior coaching staff and development of players from Under 19 to A Grade, the Southport Tigers focus is to improve position from last year whist developing players and striving for professionalism. Tevita Folau, Denzal Ngati, Jacob Pottinger and captain Tu Whakatihi-Paikea are some players to look out for.
Much like the Tigers, the Burleigh Bears had only three players return from last year’s side. The 2018 Burleigh Bears are a new, young side working on building a new culture. “We needed to start from scratch and build up the confidence of the young side,” Bears Coach Stuart Wilkins said. Learning key lessons against the strong and physical Runaway Bay Seagulls, the Bears have been working hard to match the intensity from the weekend. The Bears will need to play the best football possible to compete with the already developed and experience A Grade sides. Captained by Lorenzo Ma’afu, the young side will also be looking at Te McDonald and Tyler Sparkes for guidance.
At other venues, Tweed Heads Seagulls will take on local rivals the Bilambil Jets, the Ormeau Shearers will host the Tugun Seahawks and Currumbin will play Runaway Bay at home.
Rugby League Gold Coast QTOP A Grade Round 4 Teams List
Ormeau Shearers v Tugun Seahawks at Brien Harris Oval, Saturday May 12th – 2.30pm
1.Josh Walker 2.Aloesi Qio 3.Hirini Robin 4.Dion Belford-Laulu 5.Israel Taligatus 6.Grayson Te Kiri 7.Nathan Wilson 8.Jaymz Douglas-Webb 9.Trent Shield 10.Mohi Kendrick 11.Vince Mellers 12.Jone Macilai 13.Shane Blow 15.Storm Fa’agase 16.Kendall Tamariki 17.Pheonix Su’a
Coach: Julius Kuresa
1.Jai Veli 2.Troy Canning 3.Savern Rapana 4.Kainoa Gudgeon 5.Elijah Barnes 6.Keanu Te Kiri 7.Paul Sheedy 8.Trent Smith 9.Fletcher Harrold 10.Shane Gillham 11.Bryce Thomas 12.Ayden Lee 13.Nick Harrold (c) 14.Cooper Barrile 15.Will Takave 16.Mitch Willmot 17.Blake Zillman
Coach: Clint Barends
Tweed Head Seagulls v Bilambil Jets at Piggabeen Sports, Saturday May 12th – 3.15pm
Tweed Heads Seagulls
1.Jayden Baker 2.Tre Williams 3.Kodie Parsons 4.Kurtis McDonald 5.Regan Muir 6.Talor Walters 7.Rex Johnson 8.Mitch Sharp 9.Ethan Roberts 10.Josh Harvey (c) 11.Rory Lilies 12.Kirk Murphy 13.Reece Summer 14.Tony Mata’utai 15.Mike Gray 16.Harry Hughes 17.Macauley Dawson
Coach: Kevin Campion
1.Carne Rhodes 2.Luke Jaeger 3.Alex Fitzhugh 4.Hayden Tolland 5.Josh Quinn 6.Kobi Annand 7.Ben Black 8.Mitch Spackman (c) 9.Thomas Rowles 10.Will Malone 11.Damien Ford 12.Bailey Crompton 13.Harrison Burling 14.Jack Rowles 15.Jack Welsh 16.Brendan Welsh 17.Tom Raftery
Coach: Craig Rowles
Currumbin Eagles v Runaway Bay Seagulls at Galleon Way, Saturday May 12th – 5pm
1.Hayden Alsop 2.Steven Eliott 3.Ken Allison (c) 4.Blake Anderson 5.Jake Smith 6.Michael Burgess 7.Phil Ramage 8.Jarrod Gill 9.Daniel Webb 10.Pele Peletelese 11.Liam Donelly 12.Ryan Milligan 13.Reece Worboys 14.Jake Gleeson 16.Josh Campebll 17.Ethan Williams
Coach: Ryan Gundry
Runaway Bay Seagulls
1.Jack Mackin 2.Daniel Kelly 3.Keanu Rimene 4.Jamie Anderson 5.Matt gandy 6.Jake Powell 7.Falani Arkell 8.Shaun Nipperess 9.Jesse Malcolm 10.Henry Chan-Ting 11.Tane Rapira 12.Andrew Vela 13.Dylan Pelo 14.Blake Midson 15.Siua Likiliki 16.Darcy Sims 17.Kimihia Pakipaki-Hemopo 18.Jenan Parish
Coach: Nick Gleeson
Southport Tigers v Burleigh Bears at Owen Park, Sunday May 13th – 2pm
1.Beau Cordtz 2.Corey Walker 3.Dallas Donnelly 4.Jonagh Gardiner 5.Tevita Folau 6.Zoram Watene 7.Jordan Birch 8.Denzal Ngati 9.Jacob Pottinger 10.Nathan Young 11.Tu Whakatihi (c) 12.Simione Ata 13.Gideon Afemui 14.Hala Masila 15.Justin McKenna 16.Kane Rudolph 17.Naz Monsall 18.Bronston Kennach
Coach: Mark Ross
1.Ben Fritz 2.Corey Alexander 3.Te McDonald 4.Jaxson Paulo 5.Allan Lockwood 6.Josh Rogers 7.Matt Egan 8.Jerome Veve 9.Zae Wallace 10.Lorenzo Ma’afu 11.Jesse Savage 12.Darius Farmer 13.Jeff Lynch 14.Kaleb Fuimaono 15.Jack Rogers 16.Zac Akehurst 17.Barton Lyons
Coach: Stuart Wilkins