Last weekend saw us travel down to Piggabeen to take on the Tweed Heads Seagulls. Traditionally, Piggabeen is one of those venues where traveling teams struggle to play well. I had never won there prior to the weekend. We addressed this at training during the week, as it was a major concern heading into such an important game.
The player’s response was outstanding. Our first half was as clinical a half of football as you will see from any team in this competition. On the back of a patient mindset in yardage and a disciplined approach to our defence, we were able to dominate field position and possession and we did an outstanding job of then taking our chances in good ball to go to the half time break up 28 – 6.
The second half, unfortunately, was a different story. Up 34-12 with about 25 mins to play, we bombed a try, with the line wide open, which I believe would’ve put the game to bed. Instead, we seemed to drop our heads and Tweed, on the other hand, seemed to get a lift from this bombed chance. The next 20 mins was a complete reversal of the first 55 mins. Tweed got on a roll and started playing with more confidence and energy and we all of a sudden, were on the back foot big time. Tweed got all the way back to within 4 points of us with 8 mins still left on the clock. Fortunately we were able to steady and pile on 14 more points in the final 8 minutes to run out 48 – 30 winners.
The win was a crucial one in that it took us to within 1 point of 6th position. I won’t lie, we have our sights firmly set on getting into the top 6 and playing finals football this year. The players and everyone involved at the club have enormous belief in this team and we believe our best is good enough to have us featuring at the end of the season. The old adage of one week at a time certainly applies but we absolutely have one eye on the big picture as well
A statistic worth noting is our record against the 7 sides currently in front of us on the table. Our record shows just how consistent we have been this year and just how close we actually are to those teams currently above us. Apart from being beaten by Townsville convincingly early in the season, our record against the 6 other sides above us reads as follows – Burleigh 6 point loss, Easts 6 point loss, PNG 2 point loss, Redcliffe 6 point win, Sunny Coast draw and Northern Pride 6 point win.
I made our squad aware of this to show them that we are right there alongside those top sides in terms of performance. It’s been frustrating not to win some more of those close games but our performance against those teams shows we can match it with all of them. And I believe the group is starting to believe in themselves and no longer fears any team in this comp. Confidence is a great thing and we now have it.
|Tweed Heads Seagulls||5||5||30|
|Souths Logan Magpies||8||7||48|
Tweed Heads Seagulls
|7||Michael BURGESS||Half Back||0||0||0||0|
|8||William BUGDEN||Front Row||0||0||0||0|
|10||Togitasi TUIALA||Front Row||0||0||0||0|