Round 15 results
By Kevin Braysher
With just 3 rounds remaining in the regular season the Bycroft Cup is really starting to heat up now.
The 15th round of competition saw plenty of good football that has again had an impact on the incredibly close competition ladder.
Reigning premiers Bilambil picked up an important, upset win against the top of the table Southport Tigers.
Bilambil’s form of late hasn’t been sparkling, but a good win away from home against the competition leaders will give the men from the valley plenty of confidence heading into the finals.
The win also guarantees them a fourth placed finish and a home semi final in four weeks time.
The team they will face is still uncertain, even more so since Currumbin Eagles slumped to their third straight defeat; 30-14 at the hands of the Burleigh Bears.
Currumbin have gone from being within 1-point of first place a month ago, to being just 1-point ahead of Runaway Bay now.
Next week they travel down to Bilambil to face the Jets, but a round 17 meeting with Bay looks like it might be the match that decides 5th spot.
As for Runaway Bay they secured a 30-8 win over Tweed Coast to keep their finals hopes alive.
If they can spring an upset in the local derby against Southport next week things will be made a lot easier, but they will still need to beat Currumbin for a third time the following week to secure a finals spot.
In the final game of the weekend Tugun Seahawks defeated a spirited Cudgen 32-20.
Cudgen Hornets have been through a horrendous week after coach Craig Field was charged with murder after an incident at a Kingscliff pub last Sunday.
Strength and conditioning coach Ray Hubbard has taken over as head coach for the remainder of the year and the 12-point loss against a red-hot Tugun side was a positive outcome for the club.
BURLEIGH BEARS 30 (C. Jones, J.Bradfield, J. Grant, B. Bennett, C. Lyons, L. Hawkins tries W. Wahani, B. Bennett, M. Mitchell goals) def CURRUMBIN EAGLES 14 (J. McCarthy, T. Cassidy, D, Panui tries J Munro goal) at Galleon Way.
BILAMBIL JETS 22 (B. Broadwood, M. Ovington, J. Stanford, T. Rowles tries M. Ovington 3 goals) def SOUTHPORT TIGERS 12 (K. PakiPaki, Tu. Whakatihi, D. Dayberg-Muir tries) at Owen Park.
RUNAWAY BAY SEAGULLS 30 (S. Bray 2, K. Moylan 2, M. Lindsey, B. Hardes tries K. Moylan 3 goals) def TWEED COAST RAIDERS 8 (J. Piggott, P. Abric tries) at Les Burger Oval.
TUGUN SEAHAWKS 32 (A. Flores 2, Z Wilson,L. Dumas, G. Slockee, P. Ramage, T. McCann tries P. Ramage 4 goals) def CUDGEN HORNETS 20 (E. Price 2, C Toopi, S Julius tries M. Wade 2 goals) at Boyd Street.
- Tugun Seahawks 24
- Burleigh Bears 24
- Southport Tigers 24
- Bilambil Jets 21
- Currumbin Eagles 17
- Runaway Bay Seagulls 16
- Cudgen Hornets 6
- Tweed Coast Raiders 4
Round 16: All games will be played Sunday July 29 at 3pm
Bilambil Jets v Currumbin Eagles @ Bilambil Sports, Bilambil
Runaway Bay Seagulls v Southport Tigers @ Bycroft Oval, Runaway Bay
Burleigh Bears v Tugun Seahawks @ Pizzey Park, Burleigh
Cudgen Hornets v Tweed Coast Raiders @ Ned Byrnes Oval, Cudgen