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Keegan

Neil Cadigan

The Romano Group Tweed Heads Seagulls finished 2017 with the extraordinary record of beating the minor premiers (PNG Hunters) twice and second-placed Redcliffe in arguably the three biggest upsets of the Intrust Super Cup season.

And what the Gulls, and outgoing coach Aaron Zimmerle, didn’t end up with was the wooden spoon after yesterday’s incredibly spirited 26-18 victory over the Hunters at Piggabeen Sports Complex.

PICTURED: Keegan Hipgrave, an outstanding contributor to the victory.

As ‘Zimmo’ said after the match: “We didn’t have a bad player, in fact we had 17 outstanding players who wouldn’t give in and somehow found a way to win.

“The Hunters threw everything out us in the last 10 minutes and I couldn’t be prouder of the way we scrambled and just lifted and kept lifting to hold them out.

“These boys didn’t deserve to win the wooden spoon, so I’m grateful they didn’t.

“It’s been a tough season but, strangely, in my five years as ISC coach, three of the most rewarding victories all came this season – against Redcliffe the day we celebrated the 10th anniversary of our grand final win against them in ‘07, then the rare feat of winning in PNG and now this when we had so many players out injured.

“It’s a great way to bow out; and I’m so proud and thankful of these guys.”

The Seagulls’ enthusiasm and commitment, on what could be the last match of club stalwart James Wood too who set the example with his enthusiasm and involvement, never waned.

winners

After leading Northern Pride for most of the first 75 minutes the previous weekend only to conceded two tries in the last 10 and go down 18-16, they kept turning up this time – and throwing attacking shots – at the Hunters until the end.

Skipper and hooker Sam Meskell, who Zimmerle coached seven years ago in the Tweed Colts side, opened the scoring in the ninth minute when he latched onto a break down the right side by classy five-eighth Lindon McGrady for a 6-0 lead.

Back-rower Nick Harrold, who was also outstanding, scored nine minutes later to give the home side a 12-0 lead after he charged onto a switch-pass from Meskell at dummy-half close to the line. The Gulls were put in an attacking position from a brilliant 90m run from slightly built fullback Jayden Baker, a superb performer in just his third ISC appearance.

Baker made it 18-0 when he slipped over in the left corner for a converted try after two good hit-ups by prop Carne Doyle-Manga and 20-year-old Titans-contracted lock Keegan Hipgrave (who Zimmerle coached as a schoolboy at Palm Beach Currumbin).

The Hunters scored two converted tries in the last seven minutes of the first half when Ase Boas found space on the left edge from close range then Stargroth Amean outjumped Baker brilliantly to snatch the ball on the try-line; both converted by Boas for an 18-12 half-time lead for the Seagulls.

Then came the danger period; if the Hunters scored next they would have, as they have done so often this season, been expected to grow from the confidence and get on top.

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However, Tristan Lumley, another of the Gulls’ best, powered over from 20 metres just three minutes into the second half to give Tweed the ascendancy once more for 24-12 and a McGrady penalty goal made it 26-12 with 24 minutes left.

Wartovo Puara scored after a Seagulls; error for 26-18 and from then Tweed spent much of the remaining time digging in on their line.

Three times they scrambled brilliantly to save what looked certain tries – once on the right when Baker held up a Hunters attacker then twice on the left when Brayden McGrady and Wood forced Butler Morris into touch and soon after to lose the ball over the line.

Lamar Liolevave, the Seagulls’ best forward over the season, was tireless and understandably exhausted at full-time while Hipgrave came of age against the physical Papuans, but every one of the Seagulls’ 17 should be commended for another giant-killing effort.

TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 26 (Sam Meskell, Nick Harrold, Jayden Baker, Tristan Lumley tries; Lindon McGrady 5 goals) def PNG HUNTERS 18 (Ase Boas, Stargroth Amean, Wartovo Puara tries; Ase Boas 3 goals) at Piggabeen Sports Complex.

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FINAL LADDER

Team

Played

Won

Draw

Lost

Bye

For

Agnst

Total

PNG Hunters

23

17

1

5

2

550

378

39

Redcliffe Dolphins

23

17

0

6

2

604

332

38

Easts Tigers

23

16

1

6

2

596

422

37

Sunshine Coast Falcons

23

15

1

7

2

647

416

35

Souths Logan Magpies

23

15

0

8

2

580

484

34

Townsville Blackhawks

23

12

2

9

2

573

473

30

Ipswich Jets

23

12

0

11

2

536

539

28

Mackay Cutters

23

10

2

11

2

531

566

26

Burleigh Bears

23

10

0

13

2

446

510

24

Wynnum Manly Seagulls

23

9

0

14

2

433

465

22

Norths Devils

23

9

0

14

2

502

572

22

Northern Pride

23

6

0

17

2

400

555

16

Tweed Heads Seagulls

23

5

0

18

2

337

710

14

CQ Capras

23

4

1

18

2

416

729

 

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ISC Ladder

Team

Played

Pts

Redcliffe Dolphins

11

18

PNG Hunters

10

18

Sunshine Coast

11

17

Easts Tigers

11

15

Souths Logan

11

14

Townsville Blackhawks

11

13

Norths Devils

11

12

Wynnum Manly

10

10

Ipswich Jets

11

10

Northern Pride

11

8

Mackay Cutters

11

8

CQ Capras

11

7

Burleigh Bears

11

4

Tweed Heads Seagulls

11

2

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