Seagulls soar to victory with 38-26 win
THE Seagulls kicked off their 2016 season with a 38-26 win over the Emu Park Emus at Bicentennial Oval on Sunday afternoon.
The plucky Emus fought back from a 22-4 deficit to get within six points of the Seagulls before ill-discipline cost them two players in the sin bin in the last 10 minutes.
Tre Watson and George Grant then took advantage to score late tries to make the scoreboard look more respectable than what it should have been.
Seagulls coach Scott Minto was happy the side won but conceded a lot of work was needed to eliminate silly errors from their game.
Two tries and numerous line breaks to Tre Watson made him a standout in the man of the match voting.
George Grant was his usual busy self, along with two tries to new centre Bailey Liu and one try to fullback Tom Billman.
Second rower Jon Still had the honour of scoring the first try of the year.
The Reserve grade side travelled to Baralaba on Saturday to play the Woorabinda Warriors who won 40-32.
Coach Allan Frost was happy with his side's effort against a standalone reserve grade side in a game that was played in hot and humid conditions.
John Vatubua led the team from the front with a solid performance along with good contributions from Rhys Stafford, Josh Fisher and Monkey Grant.
The two under-20 players, Jackson Carey and Matt Brockhurst, impressed with their efforts when injected into the game.
The U-20s were impressive in their first hit-out of the year, beating the Emus 40-0.
With six players having A-grade experience from last year, the young Seagulls were able to dominate in attack and defence. Tully Wehmeier, Jack Collins and Tre Watson scored two tries each with Creedon Weir and the busy Matt Brockhurst grabbing one each.
Coach Shaun Goode was pleased with his entire squad, nominating Jack Collins, Kalem Pacey, Matt Brockhurst and Jake Jackson as standouts.
Seagulls host their first home game of the year next Sunday, playing Fitzroys in under-20s at midday, Reserve grade at 1.30pm and A-grade at 3pm.