Seagulls stick to a hard task



DESPITE being able to field a full side on just one occasion this sea- son, the Tannum Sands under-19s find themselves locked in a mighty battle for a CQ Extended League top five spot.

Accustomed to his side taking the field without 13 starters, let alone a bench full of replacements, Seagulls coach Allan Morgan has also had to regularly call upon un- der-17 players as reinforcements. Despite the difficulties, the Sea- gulls sit in equal fourth spot with CQU Norths and Fitzroy-Grace- mere, just two points adrift of third-placed Gladstone Brothers.

Morgan said work and study commitments and injuries had played havoc with his squad but was confident the Seagulls would threaten for the title if they can remain in the top five.

He pointed to two narrow losses to competition leaders Yeppoon, including last Saturday's 24-22 re- versal, as evidence of his side's premiership credentials.

On both occasions, under- manned Tannum sides led until the final stages.

'If we can get all the team to- gether we could do anything,' Morgan said.

'They're champion boys ... it's always been said that Rockhampton has the good boys but I reckon they're nothing com- pared to my boys.'

With players of the calibre of CQ development squad members Luke Murphy and Callum Wilson and young under-17 talents led by Noah Marsh, the Seagulls are poised to strike against CQU Norths at Dennis Park on Sunday.



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