Making a play for the finals

THERE are only three rounds left in the CQ Challenge Cup before finals begin and with only two opportunities left for supporters to see the Tannum Seagulls play on home turf this year, the club is planing something special.

After a stellar start to the season, the Seagulls’ A-grade squad dropped to sixth position – two points out of the top four alongside rivals Wallabys in fifth.

The two teams will face off at Dennis Park in a bid to break into the finals group when they headline an afternoon of rugby league action today.

“It is must-win for the next three weeks but we’re pretty confident we can do it,” Seagulls vice-president Chris Ownsworth said. He attributed the team’s mid season slump in form to injuries and lack of availabilities but told The Observer “we’re probably back to full strength coming into the next two weeks.”

Things aren’t as bright for the reserve grade who are all but out of contention for the August 28 quarter finals but their under-20 counterparts are still fighting for a position as they sit one point behind fourth-placed Valleys.

In conjunction with this weekend fixtures, the Tannum club is holding an ex players day.

Ownsworth said the day was to being held to encourage past and present players to catch up with old team mates while watching an action-packed encounter.

“(We’re holding the ex players day) just to have a bit of support and a bit of a catch-up,” he said.

“Wallabys held their first home game earlier this year and had a great turn out and everyone got behind it and supported their team.

“I thought it was great thing for Gladstone Rugby League and we want to get that sort of atmosphere.” he said.

Gates open at 2pm and entry is free if you wear an old club jersey.

Seagulls will also host a 50s Club for their last home games against Biloela, Saturday, July 30.

The $50 ticket will put the purchaser in the draw for one of five cash prizes with the largest equalling $4000 cash.

Participants also receive free beer, wine and soft drink along with nibbles and a barbeque for two hours on the day.

“Being the last home game we wanted to finish the season off with a bang,” Ownsworth said.

“We just want to have a big day,” he said.

The first game will begin at 4pm (U20s) before reserve grade at 5.30pm, 50’s draw at 6pm and A-grade at 7.30pm.

For more information contact Chris on 0422 028 937.

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THIS WEEKEND’S GAMES

Dennis Park

Under 20

4.30pm Tannum v Wallabys

Reserve

3pm Gld Brothers v Calliope

6pm Tannum v Wallabys

A-grade

7.30pm Tannum v Wallabys

OTHER FIXTURES

Biloela- Biloela v Valleys

Rockhampton- Rocky Brothers v Fitz/Grace; Yeppoon v CQU Norths.



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