Seagulls Reporter – Saavanah Bourke
The Gold Coast Airport Seagulls are still chasing their first win in the women’s Holcim Cup competition, missing the mark against the West Brisbane Panthers and Souths Logan Magpies at Pizzey Park on Saturday.
Forced from Round 2 of competition due to tough new border restrictions, the girl Gulls returned to Round 3 already on the back foot in comparison to their more experienced competitors.
A gritty Seagulls did themselves no favours in their first game against the Panthers, knocked back by unforced errors and conceded penalties.
It was star playmaker Taryn Aiken who put her team on the board, making her way over the line shortly after the Panthers first try.
With the Gulls hot on the Panthers tail, the penalty count quickly turned out of their favour contributing to the 20-4 full time margin.
It was a similar scenario in the second half with a classy Magpies proving they were too strong for a fatigued Gulls.
Failing to maintain any territory in their own half, the girls hopes of catching the Magpies quickly slipped away.
Coach Mike Castle said he is looking for more from his side following the 22-0 full time defeat.
“They are more capable than what they show,” Mike said.
“We are not really giving ourselves the opportunity to score many points because we are not getting enough good field territory.
“It’s been a bit of a disjointed start but that doesn’t excuse the errors. They are all talented enough, we just need to fix those errors and we will be a really good football team,” he said.
Despite the losses, Seagulls forward Jess Elliston said there was plenty of positives to take away from a disappointing performance.
“We are quite a small team and to go up against big girls like that I thought we really held our own,” Jess said.
“We will work on the things we didn’t ace this game but every week we are improving – especially having that setback last week, I think today was a massive improvement from our first game,” she said.
The Seagulls will continue to chase their first win of the competition in Round 4 as they gear up to take on Easts Tigers and West Brisbane Panthers at Pizzey Park on Sunday.