Saavanah Bourke – Seagulls Reporter
The hope of making finals is still in reach for the Gold Coast Airport women’s Seagulls, if they are successful in this weekend’s clash against the West Brisbane Panthers and Easts Tigers.
While the Gulls continue to chase their first win in the Holcim Cup competition, the gritty side will have the opportunity to do just that at Pizzey Park later this afternoon.
After a disappointing finish to Round 3, coach Mike Castle hopes this week’s team shake up can seal the deal in Round 4.
Today’s clash will see Chelsea Baker pair Tarryn Aiken in the halves, while Diaz Seumanutafa will move to the middle.
“It gives us that opportunity to move the ball around a little bit more with three playmakers across the field,” Mike said.
Seagulls co-captain Tarryn Aiken and forward Kirra Stedman were both named in the competitions side of the week, something Mike said he wasn’t surprised by.
“They are both always looking to be involved,” Mike said.
“Tarryn is always asking for the ball and Kirra is an attacking machine who works very hard.
“If you’re always willing to put your hand up to do the work you’re always going to get seen,” he said.
This will be the second week in a row where the girl Gulls will face off against the West Brisbane Panthers, taking last week’s experience and using it to their advantage this time round.
“They’re a big physical side,” Mike said.
“We had a bit of joy playing wider when we held onto the ball last week so we will be trying to work on that and moving the ball around the halves this week,” he said.
It will all unfold on Sunday at Pizzey Park as the Seagulls go head-to-head against the West Brisbane Panthers at 3.25pm followed by Easts Tigers at 4.05pm.