Tweed Seagulls soar over Jets
TWEED Heads Seagulls' resurgence in the Queensland Rugby League Intrust Cup continued at Piggabeen Sports Complex yesterday with a solid 28-14 win over Ipswich Jets.
The Seagulls, runners-up to Wynnum-Manly in last year's grand final after bolting away with the minor premiership, had made a poor start to the season losing first-up to Wynnum in a grand-final replay and then notching a 12-12 draw with Norths Devils.
But since then the Seagulls have strung together three wins on the trot and have moved into outright fourth place on the competition ladder with seven points, trailing undefeated Wynnum (10) and Redcliffe Dolphins and East Tigers who are equal second on eight points.
The Jets opened their winning account for the new season the previous week and were expected to give the Seagulls a run for their money yesterday.
And that they did, running in three tries against the Seagulls and never throwing in the towel in a gutsy display against quality football team.
It turned out to be a disappointing day all-round for the Jets.
The team bus had mechanical troubles on the trip down which made for a hurried preparation once they arrived at the ground.
The Seagulls, stacked with contracted Gold Coast Titans players, proved a grade above the visitors but they had to put in from go to whoa to ensure the win.
They crossed for five tries including one from the tough as teak Ben Ridge, who ploughed through several tackles to score near the posts.
Ridge hasn't been getting much game time with the Titans and yesterday's gallop will do him the world of good.
Seagulls coach Ben Anderson would love to keep Ridge in Seagulls colours, but on yesterday's performance the woolly-haired back rower should soon be back in action in the National Rugby League.
The Seagulls are at home again next Sunday hosting Northern Pride in the Channel 9 (Queensland) televised match of the round.
Tweed Heads Seagulls 28 (Cory Blair 2, Joe Vickery, Tom Merritt, Ben Ridge tries; Brad Davis 4 goals) def Ipswich Jets 14 (Ramone Filipine, Donald Malone, Sam Martin tries; Brendon Lindsay goal).