Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Challenging week for The Jets'

TWEED Heads skipper Brad Davis knows how to put a game away.

And so do his teammates at the Seagulls, who defied another onslaught from a committed rugby league outfit to extend their unbeaten run yesterday.

Davis casually potted a late field goal in the Tweed’s 11-4 win over the Jets at the North Ipswich Reserve to take the Seagulls another step closer to an unbeaten regular season in the Intrust Super Cup.

The Seagulls were made to work overtime by a below-strength but desperate Ipswich Jets outfit in their round 20 encounter.

Ipswich put plenty of early effort into their tackles in the first half and were rewarded with the opening try in the seventh minute after Ramon “Monster” Filipine was the first to a Brendon Lindsay kick behind the line.

Tweed was quick to respond though after a charge down put the visitors deep on the attack. The competition’s most potent attacking team then put the ball through the hands following a neat off-load from Aaron Cannings.

The former Titans prop linked with fullback Ryan Milligan, who fired a long ball out to try-scoring machine Nat Barnes.

The two sides went to the half-time break locked at 4-4, but it was the Jets who came closest to gaining the upper hand on the scoreboard in a torrid opening 40 minutes.

It took a desperate diving tackle from Tweed iron man Ryan Simpkins to pull down flying Ipswich centre Brendan Marshall just short of the try-line.

The start of the second half was another tight struggle but it was the Seagulls who were the first to score through James Wood.

The Queensland Residents representative gathered a loose kick off the ground from deep inside Tweed territory and set off on a 90m dash to the try-line.

The try came only minutes after the Tweed were denied a four pointer to leaping winger Tom Merritt, who appeared to be unlucky not to be awarded a try after he outjumped Ipswich opponent Jarrod McInally to catch a Davis kick.

Ipswich threw plenty at the Tweed in the concluding stages but the hosts weren’t able to conjure an all important second try.

The Jets’ prospects of bringing down the Tweed weren’t helped by the departure of experienced halfback Ian Lacey (hamstring) early in the second half.

Ipswich remains in fifth spot on the ladder and can cement that position with a victory over the Central Comets next weekend.

Tweed Heads will play the Redcliffe Dolphins in the ABC TV match of the round.

In FOGS A Grade The Jet's came away with a narrow loss to the Manly Seagulls with the final score at 28 to 32.

In the Colt challenge The Jet's came away with a win to the Tweed Heads Seagulls, beating them by 4 points. The final score was 14 to 10.

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