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Mitch Cronin Cup Evades Seagulls Again

George Hartnett Metropolitan Funerals Match Report

It was a picturesque afternoon for rugby league as the Seagulls welcomed Souths Logan Magpies to BMD Kougari Oval yesterday.

In the feature match of the round, the two Brisbane Broncos affiliates faced off following mixed results for each team over the past month.

Making the game even more important was that the winner would receive the Mitch Cronin Cup in honour of the former player of both clubs.

The Magpies scored first and opened up a 22-0 lead at halftime. Darius Farmer got the Seagulls on the scoresheet in the 42nd minute, in what the home crowd hoped would be a comeback.

However, the Magpies scored two more tries to blow the game apart at 32-6.

Sione Hopoate got a late consolation try, but the game finished up 40-10.

A tough loss for the Seagulls, which is their 3rd in a row.

In better news, our gameday sponsors Bartons Motor Group and Jayco Brisbane Camperland gave away a car and a caravan for a weekend getaway, in a very generous halftime prize draw.

Wynnum Manly now have the bye, before the whole competition takes a week off. Following that 2 week break, we’re heading to Cooktown for QRL’s Country Week to play the first-placed Northern Pride.

Our next home game is on Saturday 17th of August against the Townsville Blackhawks. Chemist Warehouse will give away upto $5,000 in their Kick For Cash at halftime. To enter the draw, simply spend $30 in store at Chemist Warehouse Wynnum or Tingalpa and mention ‘Kick For Cash’ at the checkout.


Falcons Pip Seagulls At The Post

It was a heartbreaker at BMD Kougari Oval in Round 16 as the Falcons scored in the 79th minute to steal the victory from the Seagulls.

The crowd built through the afternoon as the Wynnum Manly Juniors won games against Carina Tigers in U19 and Open 1’s.

There was an expectation for a great game between two teams close on the ladder, after a tight clash in Round 10 on North Stradbroke Island.

Chris Lewis scored first for the Falcons in the 6th minute as they opened a 6-0 nil lead.

A tight battle ensued as 20 minutes went past without troubling the scorers. The crowd knew they were in for an exciting contest.

The Falcons kicked a penalty goal, shortly before Fua Schwalger, on debut for the Seagulls, then scored in the right corner to get his new team back in the game.

The scored stayed at 8-6 until halftime.

Wynnum Manly hit the front for the first time in the 56th minute when debutant Schwalger was in again, to bring the score to 10-8 Seagulls.

The game entered another 20 minute period where the teams couldn’t be separated, with the football travelling back and forth but both defences remaining strong.

Sunshine Coast made a break up field in the 74th minute and Connor Broadhurst made a great covering chase and tackle. Unfortunately he was sin-binned during the play, which gave the Falcons the advantage they needed.

With less than two minutes remaining and an extra man on the field, the Falcons scored to go ahead 14-10.

They held on for four more plays of the ensuing kickoff to seal a memorable win in enemy territory.

A disappointing result for the Seagulls who would have been deserved winners if they had held on.

Up next for Wynnum Manly is Round 17 on Sunday 7 July against the Souths Logan Magpies at home. This is always a closely fought game, with the winning team receiving the coveted Mitch Cronin Cup.

This game is a 2:10pm kickoff, and will be broadcast on Kayo Freebies, 9Now and for free.


Seagulls Fall To Dolphins

BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls travelled to Redcliffe on Saturday afternoon to take on the Dolphins in Round.

Our recent form included a draw against the CQ Capras the weekend prior, and a tight win against Brisbane Tigers before that.

But our 3rd position on the ladder after 14 rounds, showed that we were certainly capable of competing with the best teams.

It was a slow start for the Gulls in the battle of the Bayside teams as Redcliffe opened the scoring in the 5th minute.

They went on to score three more tries and push out to a 20-0 lead after 28 minutes.

Wynnum Manly got back in the fight as the grind set in, but unfortunately couldn’t capitalise on good field position.

A penalty goal just before half time took us to the break down 20-2.

Two key players didn’t return to the field after halftime with injuries hampering our chance of a comeback.

Stanford Talita burst through the line to score for the Seagulls and bring the score to 20-8 in the 49th minute.

However, another two injuries early in the second half, and Brendan Frei on limited minutes in his return from an ACL injury, meant that the Seagulls played the final 27 minutes with 12 players on the field.

Despite this imposing challenge, the boys from Wynnum Manly showed courage to stay in the contest and did their best despite the circumstances.

Redcliffe ultimately closed out 38-8 winners as they took advantage of the extra man on the field.

The Seagulls are back at home this Saturday against the in-form Sunshine Coast Falcons. Kick off is 3pm at BMD Kougari Oval, and one lucky supporter will win a weekend away thanks to our Premier Partner, Moreton Island Adventures.

Seagulls Draw At Home Against Capras

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BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls hosted the Central QLD Capras on Sunday, in front of a strong crowd that had built up during the day.

Earlier, Beenleigh played Wynnum Manly Juniors across three BRL games, after relocating their home games to BMD Kougari Oval.

On a day where we recognised McDonalds Bayside for their support of the Seagulls, and raised money for Ronald McDonalds House Charities SEQ, rugby league lovers kept flowing through the gates.

It was a great start for Wynnum Manly as the ball went through the hands and Stanford Talita crossed in the corner in the 2nd minute.

Talita was almost in again 4 minutes later, but as he was getting tackled over the sideline, he threw the ball back in field to Bryce Donovan to score the Seagulls second try.

The Seagulls hot start continued as Josh Stuckey got his nose through 20m out and offloaded to Kalolo Saitaua, who ducked and weaved to score under the posts.

14-0 Seagulls after 14 minutes.

Cory Paix then got on the scoresheet in the 21st minute, with his near-unstoppable burrow from dummy half close to the line.

The Seagulls led 20-0 before the Capras scored in the 27th and 38th minutes to bring the score to 20-10 at half time.

Wynnum Manly continued their recent run of quick second half starts, as Zac Hetherington poked through the line to offload to Paix, who kicked for Ollie Pascose to kick back to him, as Paix grabbed his second through next to the posts.

However, Dolphins NRL player Anthony Milford led the fightback for the CQ Capras as he scored in the 47th minute and was involved in their next two tries to put the Capras in front 28-26.

All of a sudden, Wynnum Manly were chasing the game after leading all the way.

A 69th minute penalty from Bryce Donovan tied the game and set up a thrilling last 10 minutes.

Anthony Milford missed a field goal, before Seagull Kurt Falls had his attempt charged down.

Bryce Donovan missed a field goal by a whisker, but was then on hand to chase 60m and dive on a loose ball to save the Seagulls from defeat – a true Captain’s play.

The full time siren sounded at 28-28, with both teams feeling like they should have won the game.

The Seagulls remain in 3rd place on the ladder and will aim to go one better on Saturday afternoon.

Next game:
Wynnum Manly are off to their traditional rival, the Redcliffe Dolphins, on Saturday 22nd of June at 5pm before returning home to face the Sunshine Coast Falcons on Saturday 29th of June.

Seagulls Hold On For 2 Points Against Tigers

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It was a close finish on Saturday as the Seagulls travelled to Totally Workwear Stadium to face the Tigers.

The game finished 18-16 to the Seagulls, but it was a tale of two halves, as the Seagulls dominated the first and the Tigers clawed their way back in the second. .

Wynnum Manly opened the scoring in the 5th minute through Stanford Talita.

Then Josh Stuckey had a double within 3 minutes, scoring in the 12th and 15th minutes to have the Seagulls up 18-0.

After a red hot start to the Seagulls, the Tigers were able to score in the 19th minute through Storm-contracted Kane Bradley.

The game then settled as momentum went back and forward, with no more added to the score by halftime. 18-6 Seagulls.

The Seagulls went down to 12 men early in the second half but held the Tigers at bay until the 63rd minute when Bradley went in again.

A 73rd minute try to the Tigers brought the score to 18-16 Seagulls, and set up an exciting finish.

Wynnum Manly held on in the final minutes as the Tigers threw the ball around in desperation and tried everything.

Final score 18-16 to the Seagulls. An important win away from home before returning to BMD Kougari Oval this weekend.

On Sunday, the Seagulls face the Capras at 3pm, with 3 BRL games played in the lead up, commencing from 9:45am.

See more info about this Sunday here: Facebook event

Bears Halt Seagulls’ Winning Run

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It was a great afternoon for football on Sunday, as the Burleigh Bears made the trip to BMD Kougari Oval for the feature match of Round 12.

Burleigh sat equal 2nd, while the Seagulls were in 1st place after 4 wins in a row.

A strong crowd rolled through the gates expecting to see high quality football.

Unfortunately for the home fans, it was Burleigh who started the better of the two teams, opening the scoring in the 2nd minute.

Their hot start continued, as the Bears went over again in the 8th and 12th minutes. Bears 14-0 after 13 minutes.

Wynnum Manly got into the arm wrestle and pegged back some momentum as Cory Paix burrowed over from close range to open the Seagulls account.

Paix was unlucky not to have another try, as he was called short of the line with a similar burrowing effort just before halftime.

Halftime score 14-6 to Burleigh.

The Seagulls continued their recent run of early second half tryscoring, as Jon Reuben scored in the 42nd minute to put his team firmly in the game.

The game tightened up before Burleigh managed to score again in the 53rd and 64th minutes to lead 24-10.

Justin Frain crossed over out wide to make it 24-14 with 6 minutes remaining.

A late try to the Bears sealed their win 28-14, as the Seagulls look to get back in the winner’s circle in Round 13.

On Saturday 8 June, Wynnum Manly travel to Totally Workwear Stadium to take on the Brisbane Tigers at 3pm.

This is our closest geographical rival, and we’re looking forward to seeing the travelling Seagulls support.


2 Points Earned In Chinchilla

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The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls made the long trip out to Chinchilla for Sunday’s relocated game against the Western Clydesdales.

Coming off the previous weekend at North Stradbroke Island, it was back to back games with abnormal travel for our boys.

A reasonable crowd had rolled in to watch the Clydesdales home game, with local football matches as the curtainraiser to the Hostplus Cup game.

The Clydesdales opened the scoring with a runaway try in the 6th minute before a string of tries to Seagulls Connor Broadhurst, Luke Gale and Bryce Donovan stamped their authority on the game.

One more try to the Clydesdales before halftime brought the score to 18-10 to the Seagulls at the break.

The Seagulls started the second half with a bang, as Sione Hopoate put Kurt Falls in to score off a short ball close to the line within the opening minute.

Hopoate then had a try of his own as he forced his way over in the corner in the 54th minute. Seagulls led 28-10 at that stage.

However, the Clydesdales hit back with a try near the posts and were then awarded a penalty try to close the gap to 28-22.

5 minutes later, Kalolo Saitaua ran through untouched from a nice inside ball from Cory Paix to settle the Seagulls nerves.

Then Hopoate grabbed his second try when he regathered a Kurt Falls kick and scored in the corner. Score 40-22.

A couple of late tries to the Clydesdales brought the score closer than what our boys would have liked, but we’ll take the two points and move.

This Sunday we host the Burleigh Bears at BMD Kougari Oval in Round 12’s feature match.

This is a top of the table clash on Sunday at 2:10pm and we’d love to see as many Seagulls supporters there as possible.


Stradbroke Island Trip Finishes With A Win

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The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls travelled to North Stradbroke Island over the weekend for our annual Indigenous recognition match.

Our major partners for this game are Deadly Choices, Redland City Council, Yulu-Burri-Ba and Sealink, and once again, we could not have hosted such a successful day without their contributions.

Sunday morning saw 6 junior games take place on Ron Stark Oval, the home of the mighty Straddie Sharks, who also contributed greatly to our day.

The weather was perfect for football, with a light breeze coming off the ocean and not a cloud in the sky.

As the junior games finished, Deadly Choices ambassador Willie Tonga emceed a welcome ceremony for our players and supporters.

Straddie Youth Group performed some traditional dances before each of our stakeholders spoke on the importance of this game.

The Hostplus Cup kicked off at 3pm with a good crowd in attendance.

Kalolo Saitaua seals the game for the Seagulls

Wynnum Manly came firing out of the blocks as Jon Reuben scored 2 tries in the first 9 minutes.

The Falcons then scored 2 tries of their own as the first half turned into an even contest. The half time score read 12-10 Seagulls.

Kalolo Saitaua started the second half in style as he crashed through to score within the first minute.

However, the Falcons then scored two tries and hit the front for the first time in the game after 62 minutes.

The Seagulls wouldn’t give this one away easily though, as Player of the Match Matt Milson scored from dummy half at close range, and then Saitaua grabbed a double to seal the game.

The final score was 30-22 on a sunny Sunday on Stradbroke Island.

Matt Milson was awarded the Lionel Morgan medal for an outstanding game.

Wynnum Manly next take on the Western Clydesdales in Chinchilla on Sunday, before returning home to BMD Kougari Oval for a top of the table clash against Burleigh on Sunday 2 June.

Seagulls Overpower Jets At Home

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Saturday saw the Ipswich Jets come to BMD Kougari Oval for Round 9 of the Hostplus Cup.

On paper the Seagulls were expected to win, but with Ipswich’s new affiliation with the Gold Coast Titans, and their recent encouraging performances, they presented a difficult challenge.

The crowd swelled just before kickoff to ensure the Gulls would have their usual Chook Pen support.

Sefa Roache-Faimalo and Sione Hopoate scored first and second for the Seagulls to open up a 10-0 lead after 18 minutes.

Kurt Falls then scored to make it 16-0 after 31 minutes.

Ipswich hit back just before halftime to make it 16-4 at the break.

Wynnum Manly continued the second half the way they started the first as a consistent run of tries took the game away from Ipswich.

Kalolo Saitaua scored in the 51st minute, then Connor Broadhurst in the 57th, Sefa Roache-Faimalo again in the 63rd and then Kurt Falls got his double and sealed the game in the 75th minute.

Similar to the first half, the Jets scored a late consolation try.

The final score was 40-8 to the Seagulls who entertained the Chook Pen crowd on a great Saturday afternoon.

Our next game is at Ron Stark Oval, North Stradbroke Island, 3pm Sunday against the Sunshine Coast Falcons. This is an Indigenous recognition match supported by Deadly Choices, Redland City Council and Yulu-Burri-Ba.

For any spectators wishing to come over for the day, you can book through Sealink ferries and receive 20% off with the code: HOSTPLUS2024

See you at Straddie! Get more information here.

Weekend Wrap

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Saturday saw our Mal Meninga Cup U19s take on the Burleigh Bears in the semi final of the competition.

The Seagulls were looking forward to the challenge of taking on a team that had won 130-0 the weekend prior.

And considering it was 18-12 to Burleigh at halftime, the Seagulls we well and truly in the game.

Wynnum scored first after half time to get within two points, however a few late second half tries consolidated Burleigh’s lead.

The game ended 34-20 to Burleigh, with the Seagulls putting up a great fight.

Wynnum lost their first 3 games of the season to be last on the ladder, and then proceeded to win 6 of their next 7 games to make the semi final.

A great effort by coach Daryl Short and his playing group for the 2024 season.

On Sunday, our BMD Premiership and Hostplus Cup teams headed down to Piggabeen to face the Tweed Seagulls in the ‘Flockbuster’.

Our BMD Premiership held on for an important win in the context of their season. They needed to win in Round 8 and again this weekend to play finals football.

26-20 was the final score. Jayda Lofipo was named Player of the Match

Up next, our Hostplus Cup team took to the field after a huge downpour. Not long after, the field turned to mud and the players were almost unrecognisable.

Wynnum Manly hit front early and held on to win 40-16. Cory Paix was named Player of the Match and Jon Reuben had a memorable day with 4 tries on the wing.

The Seagulls are back at home this Saturday for 2 matches in the BMD Premiership and Hostplus Cup.

Our women take on the Sunshine Coast at 1:20pm and then our Hostplus Cup team take on the Ipswich Jets at 3pm.