The Wynnum Seagulls broke the hearts of Tweed Heads Seagulls as they came from 18-0 down to win 24-18 on a very wet North Stradbroke Island.
The big match up with the wonderful tag of Flockbuster, was played on the island for the first time, and it was a shame that the weather proved so ordinary.
The conditions and poor start to the season didn’t seem to bother the Tweed Heads side as they raced out to an 18-0 lead inside the first 10 minutes over the previously unbeaten Wynnum side.
Tweed Heads opened the scoring through 100+ tries veteran James Woods on his return to first grade, and by the time James Toole added to Damian Sironen’s barnstorming try, it seemed as if Tweed Heads would have much better luck in the bay.
But as the rain got heavier, the Wynnum side proved to be enjoying the conditions more and their try turned the momentum in the game. Two more tries followed before half time reduced the gap to 18-16, but the game had shifted to Wynnum despite the errors being shared between the two sides.
There wasn’t much scoring in the second, but there was enough for the Wynnum side to break the Tweed Heads hearts. Their 74th minute try combined with a Travis Burns penalty goal was all the scoring in the second 40 minutes as errors understandably crept in in the conditions.
Much disappointment for Tweed as they saw a potential drought breaking victory slip from their grasp, and they have still yet to register any points for 2017. Wynnum meanwhile are going in the opposite directions with 3 wins from 3. They share that record with Townsville and PNG Hunters.
WYNNUM SEAGULLS 24
Tries: Mitchell Buckett (12m), Mitchell Cronin (21m), Jack Goodsell (36m), Brendon Gibb (74m)
Goals: Travis Burns 3 Conv, 1 Pen
TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 18
Tries: James Wood (2m), Damian Sironen (6m), James Toole (10m)
Goals: Michael Burgess 3 Conv
Time for the first instalment of the Flockbuster for 2017, that is the battle of the Seagulls of Wynnum and Tweed Heads.
Adding to the interest of an already interesting game, this round three clash is to be played on Ron Stark Oval on North Stradbroke Island. It’s not the first time the Intrust Super Cup has landed on the island in Moreton Bay, but it is the first time these two sides have mt there. The Channel Nine TV cameras will be there for those who can’t get on the barge.
The two feathered foes have had different fortunes so far in 2017. The Seagulls of Wynnum are one of just 4 unbeaten teams after the first two rounds, whilst their rivals from just over the border have been soundly beaten in both of their games.
Wynnum have named another strong side, and although David Mead has not been named as he is in the Broncos NRL squad, it seems likely that he won’t be needed and will add extra spark to their backline. Tweed Heads may get some extra spark courtesy of the Titans, or given their dreadful injury run of late, could suffer more losses. The NRL club’s recruitment of Dale Copley and immediate start with the club will be interesting to see who makes way.
Can Tweed Heads turn it around this weekend? It seems unlikely on current form, but that can be thrown at times when rivals meet.
Prediction: Wynnum by 12
Tweed Heads Seagulls
1. Lindon McGrady 2. Adam Barnes 3. Talor Walters 4. James Toole 5. Regan Ogle 6. Sionetakapautolo Alofi 7. Michael Burgess 8. Carne Doyle-Manga 9. Samuel Meskell (c) 10. Damian Sironen (c) 11. Lamar Manuel-Liolevave 12. Sam Saville 13. Nicholas Harrold 14. Tevita Folau 15. Samuel Tochterman-Talbott 16. Brayden McGrady 17. William Johnstone 22. Shane Gillham
Coach: Aaron Zimmerle
Wynnum Manly Seagulls
1. Daniel Ogden 2. Peter Gubb 3. Daniel Wallace 4. Mitchell Buckett 5. Jack Goodsell 6. William Brimson 7. Travis Burns 8. Aaron Rockley 9. Jayden Berrell 10. Ngarima Pita 11. Alex Barr 12. Mitchell Frei (c) 13. Brendon Gibb 14. Mitchell Cronin 15. Stedman Lefau 16. Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard 17. John Te Reo
Coach: Adam Brideson
Tweed Heads 16 Wynnum 30
Wynnum 34 Tweed Heads 14
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