Dearden debuts as Gulls deny Cutters
Cameron Anchor & Colleen Edwards
Sun 31 Mar 2019, 03:37 PMvia Email
Rising young halfback Tom Dearden had a debut to remember as he helped steer the Wynnum Manly Seagulls to a 16-8 win over a gusty Mackay Cutters.
It was also a big day for the coaches of both the Wynnum Manly Seagulls and Mackay Cutters as both Adam Brideson and Steve Sheppard brought up their 50thcap in charge of their sides respectively.
Although the Seagulls missed a chance to go on the attack early, due to not finding touch off a penalty, they still managed to score first, after a Sam Scarlett bomb fell to centre Delouise Hoeter who quickly passed to Alex Barr, who in turn did the same for Jordan Drew to cross in the corner in his first game for the Seagulls in 2019.ROUND 4 - SUNDAY 31ST MARCH
Dearden – at 18 years of age – was playing his first game of Intrust Super Cup, and according to the Channel 9 commentators, he was originally named to play in the club's MM side.
Instead, he looked classy with every touch showing the crowd at BMD Kougari Oval why he is touted to be the next big thing for the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL.
Dearden was unlucky not to score after a break saw him slice through the Cutters defence, and put the ball down beside the posts, only for it to be called back for an obstruction.
While it was a no try for the Seagulls, the Cutters made no mistake when they got down their attacking end.
It took a superb piece of athleticism from Marcus Jensen to bat the ball back from outside the field of play to a swooping Cooper Bambling to pass it on for Paul Byrnes to score the first try of the afternoon fort the Cutters in the 13thminute, and lock things up at 4-4.
Although the Seagulls dominated possession and field position heavily throughout the first half, it was the Cutters who went into the break with an 8-4 lead; thanks to another outstanding try out wide to Yamba Bowie who was celebrating his 50th Intrust Super Cup match in style.
At halftime, Wynnum Manly coach Brideson said wanted his players to focus on dominating the middle and the rest would flow. The Seagulls came out and did just that.
Dearden featured heavily again to set up Junior Pauga off a pin-point kick and the Seagulls had the lead back within three minutes of the second half. Dearden then converted the try to put the Seagulls up 10-8.
However, the Cutters just wouldn’t go away as the match fell into a real arm wrestle.
Before Dearden continued his fine afternoon with everything going his way, he opted to take few steps before kicking on the last, the kick took a massive deflection and landed in the hands of Ed Burns’ who drew Cutters fullback Paul Brynes in and passed to halfback Sam Scarlett to score under the sticks in front of the Chook Pen and send the crowd into a frenzy.
The Seagulls led 16-8 with nine to go on the clock – and that’s the way the game ended.
The Seagulls have now won two straight games at home and three on trot and by going off the fans impressions; the Seagulls are a real shot this year and will look to continue their form when they play Tweed next week.
Geez that defence was soft though, they pretty much allowed him to fall over and score each tine.Looks like we need to lock this kid down
Looks like a nugget like Brandon Smith.
Contracts are made to be broken but here are all the halves off-contract at the end of this season (according to zerotackle):At this stage we probably need to let TPJ amd/or Ofa go and spend that money on signing a decent halfback from SOMEWHERE, at least for a couple of years.