Fun plus Seagulls equals emi-final danger
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
TANNUM Sands under-19 players are out to have fun this weekend ? making them all the more dangerous for CQU Norths in their CQ Extended League semifinal clash at Marley Brown Oval on Sunday.
Seagulls coach Allan Morgan said the side performed better when the 'fun' factor of the game was kept at a premium.
'I've told the guys just to enjoy themselves and whatever happens happens,'' Morgan said yesterday.
'They seem to play better football when given a free rein so we'll go out there to throw the ball around.'
Morgan said he had worked on bolstering Seagulls' defence out wide which has encountered some problems this season and could be tested by a Chargers outfit who are always keen to spread the ball through their hands.
However, that was Morgan's only concession to conventional finals football preparation, with his side otherwise ready to capitalise on their attacking talents.
Although fearing his players would be 'down in the mouth' over this month's loss to Valleys in the Gladstone grand final, Morgan said the spirit within the side had remained high, resulting in their Extended League elimination semi-final victory over Gladstone Brothers last weekend.
Although the Seagulls have not yet defeated the Chargers this season, Tannum's line-up of young talent, led by the likes of Callum Wilson, Noah Marsh, Reede McHugh, Trent Minton, Clayton Goldsworthy and Luke Murphy will fancy their chances when they take to the field at midday on Sunday.