The Tweed Heads Seagulls missed out on a golden chance to move off the bottom of the Intrust Super Cup ladder after they succumbed to a late Pride fightback.
The Seagulls had still led 16-6 with ten minutes to go, but tries to the Northern Pride in the 71st and 75th minutes saw them overtake the Seagulls and keep them on the bottom on the ladder heading into the last round next weekend.
It looked to be a different outcome as the Tweed scored first and turned on the style with a cracking first try courtesy of the McGrady brothers. Nephews of former Bulldogs star and Rothman’s Medal winner Ewan McGrady.
Northern Pride hit back ten minutes later and took a 6-4 lead to the break. The successful conversion against the missed first attempt for the Seagulls would also come back to haunt them later.
It looked like they didn’t need to rely on goal kicking as Brayden McGrady secured his double just after the break with a neat chip and chase and Jayden Baker crossed ten minutes later to retake the lead and stretch it to 16-6 and the Tweed looked they were going to run away with it.
For all Tweed’s possession and territory it mattered little when Pride speedstar Gideon Gela-Mosby intercepts and runs 80 metres to find Shawn Bowen to score under the posts to reduce the gap to four points in the 71st minute. And the final heartbreak for the Seagulls came in the 75th minute when a bit of soccer work from the Pride halfback ended in Col Wilkie beating everyone to the ball and scoring the match winner.
Tweed Heads get one more chance next weekend to avoid last, and have no less an opponent than the recently crowned minor premiers PNG Hunters at home. They have already beaten them in Port Moresby and have a 2/2 record against ladder leaders this season. You can’t rule them out doing it. The Pride’s game isn’t much easier as they welcome second placed Redcliffe in Cairns.
NORTHERN PRIDE 18
Tries: Bradley Stephen (30m), Shawn Bowen (71m), Col Wilkie (75m)
Goals: Jordan Biondi-Odo 3/3 Conv
TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 16
Tries: Brayden McGrady (20m), Brayden McGrady (42m), Jayden Baker (53m)
Goals: Lindon McGrady 2/3 Conv
Two of the competition’s three bottom sides meet at Piggabeen for the Intrust Super Cup’s TV game for the weekend.
The Seagulls, who have lost 6 in a row since beating the Hunters in Port Moresby, need one win at minimum to get off the bottom of the intrust Super Cup ladder. A good start will be this weekend at home to the Northern Pride who aren’t in great form themselves, having only won once since Round 10.
A win will see Tweed and the Pride on the same amount of points, but the Pride have plenty of advantage with their far superior for and against. So whilst the TV game features teams at the bottom of the ladder there’s still plenty to play for.
Matthew Musumeci is a name to keep an eye on at the back, as the fullback has been quoted as a Billy Slater type player, and has been plucked from the local Cairns competition.
Tweed Heads Seagulls
1. Jayden Baker 2. Brayden McGrady 3. James Wood 4. Kurtis McDonald 5. Peter Lee 6. Lindon McGrady 22. Phoenix Hunapo 8. Carne Doyle-Manga 9. Samuel Meskell (c) 10. Ben Nakubuwai 11. Lamar Manuel-Liolevave 12. Tristan Lumley 14. Nicholas Harrold 13. Keegan Hipgrave 15. Samuel Saville 16. Sam Carson 20. Jenan Parrish
Coach: Aaron Zimmerle
1. Matthew Musumeci 2. Marcus Jensen 3. Gideon Gela-Mosby 4. Bradley Stephen 5. Shawn Bowen 6. Jordan Biondi-Odo 7. Jack Campagnolo 8. Jack Brock 9. Ryan Ghietti 10. Sheldon Powe-Hobbs 11. Colin Wilkie 12. Tom Hancock 13. Graham Clark 14. Connor Jones 15. Keelan White 16. Aidan Day 17. Brad Lupi
Coach: Ty Williams
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