Seagulls and Knights squads announced for Murwillumbah feature game


TWEED HEADS Seagulls have been busy preparing for their big game against the Newcastle Knights in Murwillumbah this weekend, Saturday, February 4.

Coach Aaron Zimmerle said he was delighted with the attitude and efforts of his 32 players who showed they’ve got the skills to take on the Newcastle Knights.

“We covered plenty structurally. They were trying to learn a lot in a small space of time but from the second session on Saturday intensity and confidence rose and on Sunday they were outstanding,” Zimmerle said on the Seagulls home page.

“It showed that they learned how to deal with setbacks and able to work through any sort of problems they were having. As a group, they took some ownership of what we’re trying to do.

“The boys also learned how to take a big breath and relax over the two days. When you’re trying to execute something and maybe overthinking, putting pressure on yourselves ultimately everyone gets tense then it can become error after error.

“But learned to slow down and thought and relaxed at times and they did well at it.”

Meanwhile the Newcastle Knights have named their squad with former NSW State of Origin halfback Trent Hodkinson leading the team.

The Knights squad is:

  1. Dylan Phythian
  2. Kainoa Gudgeon
  3. Heath Gibbs
  4. Tom Hughes
  5. Chanel Mata’utia
  6. Jack Cogger
  7. Trent Hodkinson (c)
  8. Sam Mataora
  9. Tom Starling
  10. Josh King
  11. Braden Robson
  12. Zac Hosking
  13. Faitatoa Faitatoa
  14. Will Pearsall
  15. Mickey Paea
  16. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
  17. Tyrone Amey
  18. Jake Finn
  19. Henry Penn
  20. Dean Kouka-Smith
  21. Jake McNamara

The Seagulls team is expected to be confirmed today (Thursday, February 2.)

The preliminary Seagulls squad is:

  1. Lindon McGrady
  2. David Sheridan
  3. Tevita Folou
  4. Peter Lee
  5. Jayden Baker
  6. Sione Alofi
  7. Michael Burgess
  8. Ethan Price
  9. Sam Meskell
  10. Shane Gillam
  11. Lamar Liolevave
  12. Jackson Clarke
  13. Dane Clarke
  14. Mackenzie Reid
  15. Jordan Aiono
  16. Ezra Howe
  17. Nic Harrold
  18. Sam Carson
  19. Carne Doyle-Manga
  20. Tikiko Noke
  21. Kobi Annand
  22. Adam  Barnes
  23. Kurt Bernard
  24. Phillip Sami

The match will kick-off at Stan Sercombe Oval at 5pm, entry is $10 for adults.

A supporters bus is running from Seagulls leagues club at 3.30pm, for $15 including match entry. Call  (07) 5587 9066.