Seagulls' wings clipped
TANNUM Seagulls dropped out of finals contention in the A-grade CQ Challenge Cup after their 30-14 loss to Wallabys at Dennis Park at the weekend.
However, the Wallabys win has kept the Gladstone team in the premiership race.
Both teams sat two points out of the top four going into the weekend and needed a win to keep their name in the race.
The Gladstone side went into the half with a 10-6 lead, but Seagulls levelled the score early in the second period.
The home team then struggled to find any more results as Wallabys put on another 20 points.
Tannum managed a consolation try before the final whistle, but it wasn’t enough to salvage their finals hopes.
Seagulls coach Wes Hallam said the “bounce of the ball” was not in favour of his team most of the night.
Hallam was underwhelmed with the result but has now turned his sights towards what his team can control from here.
“I’m not as disappointed as I would be if we lost a major semi-final, which we didn’t do,” he said.
“What we did do is lose a chance to play a Challenge Cup semi, so now we’re just going to worry about the local league.”
Biloela and Valleys were already out of the running for the Challenge Cup finals, but that didn’t stop the home side crucifying an undermanned Valley 84-10.
Biloela coach Alby Boynton said his team, too, had set its sights on a positive preparation for the local finals.
Boynton told The Observer Daniel Martin’s man of the match display from five-eighth was outstanding in attack and defence.
A-grade Challenge Cup
Wallabys def Tannum 30-14
Biloela def Valleys 84-10
Rocky Brothers def Fitz/Grace 24-10
Yeppoon def CQU Norths 36-10
Gladstone Brothers- Bye