The Burleigh Bears and Tugun Seahawks will battle it out for a top five position as the Rugby League Gold Coast QTOP A Grade competition kicks off the final round this weekend. The Bears and Seahawks clash will be this week’s highlighted game for Round 17.
The Burleigh Bears have had a strong second half of the season, defeating top teams the Tweed Heads Seagulls and Currumbin Eagles in the last couple of rounds. “When we have had a settled side, we go quite well,” Burleigh Bears Coach Stuart Wilkins said. Complementing the players on the way they listen to advice and implement them within the game, Wilkins is hopeful the team can bring another win against the strong Tugun Seahawks side. Although the Bears have been hit with a blow with playmaker and halfback Matt Egan ruled out with a pectoral injury, Tyler Sparkes and Jaxson Paulo will be ones to rise the confidence of the team leading into this weekend. “We had an outstanding game of football against Bilambil and need to focus on the positives,” Wilkins said. The Bears are quietly confident their young side can ruffle a couple of the Seahawks feathers.
The Tugun Seahawks have been playing some of their best football these past couple of weeks and is fitting as finals are fast approaching. Seeing the return of impact players Rob Apanui, Ashley Harrison, Keanu Te Kiri and Corey Morris, the Seahawks squad is finally back to full strength. “The boys have kicked it up a notch and it definitely helps to have our full squad back from injury,” Tugun Seahawks Coach Clint Barends said. Pleased with the team’s performance despite their loss against the Burleigh Bears in Round 14, Barends knows the team is putting in all their effort and have been playing some quality football. “It has been do or die games for us these past couple of weeks and this week will be no different,” Barends said. The Seahawks have looked to their forwards to drive the team and are hungry to stay in the competition.
At other grounds, the Ormeau Shearers will host the Southport Tigers, battle of the Seagulls as Tweed takes on Runaway Bay and down sound the Bilambil Jets host the Currumbin Eagles.
Rugby League Gold Coast QTOP A Grade Round 17 Teams List
Burleigh Bears v Tugun Seahawks at Pizzey Park, Saturday August 18 – 6pm
1. Jaxson Paulo 2. Mikey Williams 3. Justin Tavae 4. Reece Tapine 5. Te McDonald 6. Josh Rogers 7. Matt Egan 8. Kaleb Fuimaono 9. Zae Wallace 10. Tyler Sparkes 11. Darius Farmer 12. Api Noema 13. Tyler Szepanowski 14. Ben Valeni 15. Arron Shelford 16. Marino Allen 17. Te Aranui Doyle
Coach: Stuart Wilkins
1. Corey Morris 2. Nat Barnes 3. Savern Rapana 4. Kainoa Gudgeon 5. Jai Veli 6. Keanu Te Kiri 7. Zac Walsh 8. Bryce Thomas 9. Paul Sheedy 10. Anthony Gray 11. Nick Harrold 12. Rob Apanui 13. Ayden Lee 14. Jabe Gamble 15. Trent Smith 16. Shane Gillham 17. Mitch Willmot
Coach: Clint Barends
Bilambil Jets v Currumbin Eagles at Bilambil Jets, Sunday August 19 – 2pm
1. Lachlan Hallard 2. Jack Welsh 3. Matt O’Rourke 4. Kieron Roughley 5. Luke Jaegar 6. Carne Rhodes 7. Ben Black 8. Mitch Spackman 9. Hayden Tolland 10. Brendan Welsh 11. Drew McCullough 12. Bailey Crompton 13. Harrison Burling 14. Tom Plater 15. Tom Rowles 16. Josh Quinn 17. Chris Rigney
Coach: Craig Rowles
1. Hayden Allsop 2. Xavier Coates 3. Jakob Smith 4. Ken Allison 5. Steve Elliott 6. Zane Willshire 7. Phil Ramage 8. Jarrod Gill 9. Josh Campbell 10. Pele Peletelese 11. Joel Rapana 12. Kurt Perry 13. Keiran Tarrant 14. Josh Sexton 15. Blake Anderson 16. Tavis Rolls 17. Ethan Williams
Coach: Ryan Gundry
Ormeau Shearers v Southport Tigers at Brien Harris Oval, Sunday August 19 – 2pm
1. Connor Hohepa 2. Hirini Robin 3. Joshua Walker 4. Shay Stevens 5. Dion Belford-Laulu 6. Grayson Te Kiri 7. Nathan Wilson 8. Mohi Kendrick 9. Cody Evans 10. Aati Su’a 11. Trent Shield 12. Pheonix Su’a 13. Shane Blow (c) 14. Jaymz Douglas-Webb
Coach: Julius Kuresa
1. Beau Cordtz 2. Kane Rudolph 3. Tevita Folau 4. Luke Ellis 5. Jack Conlan 6. Jordan Birch 7. Jaman Rio 8. Denzal Ngati 9. Chris Thomas 10. Nathan Young 11. Tu Whakatihi (c) 12. Simione Ata 13. Gideon Afemui 14. Senn Kane 15. Lachlan Douglas 16. Doryaan Hape-Apiata
Coach: Mark Ross
Tweed Heads Seagulls v Runaway Bay Seagulls at Piggabeen Sports, Sunday August 19 – 2pm
Tweed Heads Seagulls
1. Jayden Baker 2. Curtis Dansey-Smaller 3. Tony Matautia 4. Ethan Roberts 5. Macauley Dawson 6. Tre Williams 7. Bailey Gill 8. Mitch Sharp 9. Rex Johnson 10. Mick Grey 11. Reece Summer 12. Kirk Murphy 13. Kalani Going 14. Ethan Price 15. Rory Lillis 16. Harry Hughes 17. Jack Peacock
Coach: Kevin Campion
Runaway Bay Seagulls
1. Jack Mackin 2. Harry Hill 3. Steve Tolo 4. Daniel Kelly 5. Jake Powell 6. Jimmy Poland 7. Conner Toia 8. Javarn Nofoagatotoa 9. Henry Chan-Ting 10. Jesse Malcolm 11. Dylan Pelo 12. Darcy Sims 13. Tane Rapira 14. Jenan Parrish 15. Kimihia Pakipaki-Temopo
Coach: Nick Gleeson