The grand final re-match is locked in for Pizzey Park, providing the Seagulls with an early opportunity to watch the team begin their premiership quest.
It is one of seven big Intrust Super Cup games to be played across the opening round of fixtures on the weekend of March 14-15.
Round 1 – Sunday 15 March
Bears v Seagulls
Venue: Pizzey Park, Gold Coast
Other notable Round 1 fixtures include the annual Defence Force Appreciation match between the Ipswich Jets and Townsville Blackhawks, as well as the clash between 2019 semi-finalists the Redcliffe Dolphins and Sunshine Coast Falcons at Dolphin Stadium.
The 2020 grand final will again be played at Redcliffe following the success of this year’s event, which saw close to 8000 fans treated to an enthralling afternoon of rugby league.
QRL competitions manager Dave Maiden said today’s draw release would light the spark for all teams in their quest to qualify for the premiership decider on Sunday, September 27.
“This year’s grand final at Redcliffe was an overwhelming success with all competing teams sharing positive feedback on both the facilities and game-day experience,” Maiden said.
“The path to this showpiece game starts for all teams in mid-March next year with some mouth-watering Round 1 match ups.
“Once again, there’s plenty to get excited about for all teams and fans across 23 action-packed rounds, plus a four week finals series.”
Get excited for the 2020 Intrust Super Cup
Maiden confirmed the top eight format would return next year, along with a host of popular feature rounds, including:
Sam Scarlett, a new addition to the Wynnum Manly squad in 2019, was a stand-out performer whenever he took to the field. The 25-year-old halfback topped the competition in try assists with 33 and line break assists with 25. His stellar form was rewarded with XXXX Queensland Residents selection and he was named man of the match following Queensland’s 42-22 win over New South Wales.
Try assists: 33
Line break assists: 25
Tackle efficiency: 79.9 per cent
Average run metres: 76.5 metres
Best of 2019: Wynnum Manly Seagulls
Notable player achievements and milestones
Sam Scarlett – XXXX Queensland Residents, Wynnum Manly Intrust Super Cup Player of the Year
Edene Gebbie – Intrust Super Cup Fullback of the Year, Wynnum Manly Anthony Schweitzer Memorial Trophy – supporters award, PNG Kumuls, most tries for Wynnum Manly with 19, signed with South Sydney Rabbitohs, most tackle breaks (170), runs (399), run metres (4546) and kick return metres (1194) in the Intrust Super Cup
Richard Kennar – XXXX Queensland Residents
Delouise Hoeter – XXXX Queensland Residents, Wynnum Manly Club Man of the Year, Tonga World Cup 9s
Mitch Cronin – XXXX Queensland Residents, Wynnum Manly Intrust Super Cup Players’ Player of the Year, most receipts (2274), tackles (934) and dummy half runs (225) in the Intrust Super Cup, 100 Intrust Super Cup games
Keenan Palasia – XXXX Queensland Residents, Brisbane Broncos contract, NRL debut with the Brisbane Broncos
Pat Templeman – Intrust Super Cup Five-eighth of the Year, Wynnum Manly Old Boys Most Diligent Player, most points for Wynnum Manly with 194, most goals for Wynnum Manly with 75
Tom Dearden – NRL debut for Brisbane Broncos
Tristan Hope – Queensland Rangers selection
Reece Hoffman – Queensland Under 18 selection, signed with Wests Tigers
James Roberts – signed with South Sydney Rabbitohs
Key factor to season result
Consistent team work
Wynnum Manly, coached by Adam Brideson and skippered by gun Cronin, were superb throughout the 2019 Intrust Super Cup season. The entire squad – right across the park – were consistently excellent and simply gelled, thanks in part to halfback Scarlett. This was recognised when the team had the most representatives in the XXXX Queensland Residents with Scarlett, Cronin, Hoeter, Palasia and Kennar all donning maroon. Wynnum Manly’s efforts throughout the year saw them make the grand final, after finishing 12th in 2018, but fall to Burleigh Bears.
Looking ahead to 2020
Wynnum Manly, having gone so close to taking the competition out in 2019, will be hungry for another crack at taking out the competition in 2020. The club made the grand final in the Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup, Hastings Deering Colts, In Safe Hands BRL A-Grade and Intrust Super Cup, so there is plenty of depth; plenty of talent to pick from. Players will be pushed to perform to maintain their position in the team.