Saavanah Bourke – Seagulls Reporter
A classy performance from the Gold Coast Airport Women’s Seagulls has secured the side not one but two wins at Pizzey Park on Sunday afternoon.
A combination of change in attitude and a minor tweak to this week’s starting side worked all in favour for the Gulls, who secured their first wins in the Holcim Cup competition.
The Seagulls had the upper hand in their first game against West Brisbane Panthers, with Abelee Stanley taking advantage of a weak edge and making her way over the line in the 6th minute.
Confidence grew for the girls when Olivia Fein extended the lead 10-0 with 11 minutes of play remaining.
The Panthers brought themselves back into the game in the 22nd minute, but a determined Gulls held on for the remainder of the first half to secure the 10-6 defeat.
A slick start by the Tigers in the second game caught the Gulls off guard, giving their opposition a 10 point lead just eight minutes into play.
But it was Tarryn Aiken who kept her team in the game, scoring a double in the 14th and 16th minutes.
Locked up at 10 all with 12 minutes to go, consecutive tries from Chelsea Baker and Abelee Stanley turned a 10-point lead into a 20-10 win.
Coach Mike Castle said it was the result his side have been chasing for the last four rounds of competition.
“The whole week they had a different attitude and were a bit more positive and confident in how they can perform,” Mike said.
“Off the back of both of those games their confidence will improve even more now.”
A couple of key changes to the side worked wonders for the Gulls, with a similar side predicted to take the field in next weekend’s game against the Panthers.
The Gulls will have a home ground advantage when they take on the West Brisbane Panthers at Tugun Rugby League Football Club on Saturday.