Spark of the season

By Hanan Laban

The result against the Easts Tigers at home in Round 12 was one of the hardest days of my rugby league career.

We had everything to play for in front of a packed home crowd and lacked intent from the start of the game.

I really felt for our supporters who have been turning up week in and week out, they deserve better from their side.

Following that disappointing performance, coach Adam Brideson completed a thorough review and made a sweep of changes for the match against Mackay to find the spark our season needed.

The result was a fresh energy across the team that found the will to dig-in and arrest the current form slump with a 34-20 win.

Daniel Ogden was magnificent at the back, running for 229m and scoring his league leading 12th try for the season.

Patrick Templeman looked right at home in the halves and Patrick Carrigan continues to be enormous.

This weekend we take on the Ipswich Jets in a critical fixture for our season.

The Jets are one of the eight teams fighting for fifth and sixth spot so the game sits in the ‘must win’ column for the Gulls.

Furthermore, we are still chasing our first victory at home and the chance to put a smile on the faces of our passionate supporter base.

Adding to the occasion will be the Seagulls celebrating our junior affiliate clubs.

The curtain raiser games will feature youth sides from Wynnum Juniors, Redlands, Capalaba, Carina and Beenleigh all playing before the main game. The Seagulls take on the Ipswich Jets at 3pm Sunday at BMD Kougari Oval.

Gates open at 9am with under-9s/under-8s fixtures at 9.30am, under-15s Wynnum v Aspley at 10.25am, under-16s Carina v Redlands at 11.50am and BRL A Grade Seagulls v Valleys at 1.15pm.