By Jorja Brinums (QRL Media)
Wynnum Manly Seagulls were superb throughout the 2019 Intrust Super Cup season. The entire squad, including the always-reliable Mitch Cronin, Pat Templeman and Delouise Hoeter, and new additions Sam Scarlett and Edene Gebbie, worked well together to make the grand final.
With the 2019 Intrust Super Cup season having drawn to a close, we take a look back through the year that was for all 14 clubs to see what went right, what went wrong, and what the clubs may focus on heading into the 2020 season.
The 2019 Year in Review series continues with Wynnum Manly.
The season by the numbers
Final position on the ladder
- Won: 18
- Drawn: 0
- Lost: 5
Home and away record
- Home: 11-1
- Away: 7-4
- Scored: 652
- Conceded: 362
- For and against: 290
Players in focus
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.