By Seagulls Media
This Saturday the BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls take on the Tweed Heads Seagulls on North Stradbroke Island in the QRL’s Indigenous Recognition Round.
Here’s five things you need to know about this highly unique match up.
1: WYNNUM MANLY HAVE A GREAT ‘STRADDIE’ RECORD
This weekend’s fixture is the fourth time the Wynnum Manly club has taken the Intrust Super Cup to its junior affiliate club’s home ground. Since 2014, the Seagulls have certified the Stradbroke Island Sharks’ Ron Stark Oval as a second home ground by claiming victory in all three visits.
2014 – Wynnum Manly Seagulls 40 def. CQ Capras 10
2015 – Wynnum Manly Seagulls 40 def. Souths Logan Magpies 32
2017 – Wynnum Manly Seagulls 24 def. Tweed Heads Seagulls
2: THE BEST ON GROUND WILL RECEIVE THE LIONEL MORGAN MEDAL
The July 7 game recognises and acknowledges the Quandamooka People whilst honoring the club’s past Indigenous greats like Lionel Morgan. Fittingly, the man of the match in this game will receive the Lionel Morgan Medal, honoring the Wynnum Manly legend.
Ironically, Morgan began his career with opposition side Tweed Heads and the Tweed All Blacks before moving to Brisbane to establish a 40 year association as both player and life member at Wynnum Manly. In 1960, Morgan became the first Indigenous Australian to play for the Kangaroos, scoring two tries on debut against France.
3: BIG NAMES FLOCK TO ‘STRADDIE’
Deadly Choices ambassadors Petero Civoniciva and Steve Renouf head to the game to promote the importance of making healthy lifestyle decisions. In addition to taking part in the many family focused activities which start from 10.00AM, event-goers are invited to come and meet the former Marroons legends.
4: THIS FIXTURE IS A FAN FAVORITE
The Stradbroke Island game surpasses just rugby league as it showcases the natural wonders and culture of the Stradbroke Island community. In 2017, the game was the highest viewed regular season match up with over 70,000 viewers tuning into Channel 9’s coverage of the game.
5: THE SEAGULLS WILL WEAR THEIR 2018 INDIGENOUS STRIP
The Wynnum Manly Seagulls will unveil their 2018 Indigenous Jersey when the side runs onto Ron Stark Oval. The strip which is designed by Indigenous Artist Sandra Delaney is based on a birds eye view of Quandamooka Country. Proud Quandamooka Woman, Delaney is a researcher and storyteller who is highly active in her support of community initiatives and Aboriginal affairs.
HEADING TO THE GAME?
For information on game times, event activities and travel information, head to https://goo.gl/wuqzrH