Seagulls hopes go West
A LACK of players and discipline proved costly for the Hervey Bay Seagulls at Bundaberg's Salter Oval on Saturday night.
Wests eventually won the Bundaberg Rugby League A-Grade clash 34-18 but it might have been so different come the end of the 80 minutes.
Seagulls started the game missing five regulars through suspension but you wouldn't have thought it as they raced into a 12-0 lead early in the game thanks to tries from Timmy Douglas and Robbie O'Donnell.
Captain Clinton Horne kicked the extras.
But then it all went downhill as Wests hit-back to take an 18-12 lead into the half-time break.
The only bright note of the second-half for Seagulls was a another try to Douglas.
Coach Damian Lindeberg said the result was a disappointing way to end what a had been an awful week for the club.
“After losing the appeal at the judiciary for the five players on Thursday night, we knew we would be up against it in this game,” Lindeberg said.
“Saying that, although we were really under strength we still had confidence in our ability to get the two points on offer.
“We looked good when it was 12-0 but then our players again got caught up in a dispute with the referee.
“We lost our way after that.
“That allowed the better disciplined Wests team to come back into the game and get on roll.
“We had our chances later in the game but we couldn't capitalise on them.”
But despite the defeat, Lindeberg said it wasn't all doom and gloom.
“It very impressive to see T.J. Horne show his versatility and when moved from centre to half-back he was dangerous every time he touched the ball,” Lindeberg said.
Lindeberg said his players were looking forward to playing at home against Easts this weekend.
We've got our second last home game and we'll be doing our best to try and get our season back on track,” he said.
“We are all determined to work through this difficult period for the club.”
League of results
Brothers 88 ATW 12
Wests 34 Seagulls 18
Easts 28 Isis 20