Category: McDonald’s Seagulls Academy

McDonalds Seagulls Academy Presentation

The McDonalds Seagulls Academy award presentation was held on Saturday 14 May as a curtain-raiser to the Hostplus Cup match vs Ipswich Jets.

Both Player of the Year and Player’s Player were awarded across the Harvey Norman U19’s, Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup U18’s and Cyril Connell Challenge U16’s.

Players from the 3 Academy teams, plus their parents, braved the weather and headed to BMD Kougari Oval for the presentation.

The awards were won by the following players:

Harvey Norman U19’s

Player of the Year: Jaydah Tofae

Player’s Player: Emma Barnes

Jaydah Tofae wins Player of the Year in HN U19s

Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup U18’s

Player of the Year: Felix Faatili

Player’s Player: Jeremy Trappett

Jeremy Trappett wins Player’s Player in the MMC 18s

Cyril Connell Challenge U16’s

Player of the Year: Zac Herdegen

Player’s Player: Zac Herdegen

Zac Herdegen wins Player of the Year and Player’s Player in CCC U16s

The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls would like to thank McDonald’s Bayside for their incredible support of our Seagulls Academy program over many years. McDonald’s Bayside’s commitment to the Seagulls and to the local Bayside community has significantly influenced the quality of our Seagulls Academy program and increased the opportunity for kids in the region to play high-quality rugby league.

Colts move on after second half comeback

The Seagulls turned in an impressive second half performance against the Mackay Cutters on the weekend, to advance to the Preliminary Final and Week 3 of the Hastings Deering Colts Finals series.

The game took place at Tugun on Saturday, a neutral ground, with both clubs fighting to continue their premiership campaign. The Seagulls opened the scoring, with an early try to Malachi Retchford, but found themselves trailing 18-14 at half time.

Max Plath had the Seagulls only other try in the first period, with Braden Whittaker continuing his fine form with the boot going 2 from 2 alongside a penalty. A small lead was erased in the second twenty minutes of the game, with the Cutters bouncing back and scoring two unanswered tries.

Despite the half time deficit, the Gulls came out firing in the second half and quickly swung momentum in their favour. Seagulls Colts Head Coach Michael Dobson said that the boys knew they had the ability to win the game and score points, if they went back to basics and played their own brand of footy.

A strong preparation leading in to the game kept the team’s confidence high, despite coming off a loss in Week 1 to the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

Defensive intensity allowed the Colts to slow down the Cutters point scoring in the second half and win the game off the back of their own impressive attack. The Colt’s 2021 season included an impressive for and against thanks to dominant attack and stifling defence, in a show of strength for the McDonald’s Seagulls Academy Program.

Tries to Harrison Graham, Grand Hagai and Ben Farr helped build a moderate lead in the opening phase after half time. Malachi Retchford claimed his second try with 9 minutes to play before a Plath field goal put the result beyond doubt.

The Seagulls finished a strong second half winning the game 39-28.

The Colts will take on the Redcliffe Dolphins at Moreton Daily Stadium on Saturday evening, with a spot in the Grand Final up for grabs. Tickets are still available to head to Redcliffe and support the club as we look to qualify for the final two Grand Finals of the QRL season.


Seagulls Academy Trials coming in October

The Wynnum Manly Seagulls are inviting Junior Rugby League players from across the community to register for our trials for the 2022 season. Trials are being held for U18s in the Mal Meninga Cup and U21s in the Hastings Deering Colts teams.

The McDonald’s Seagulls Academy provides a pathway for local athletes through elite rugby league systems. As a direct affiliate of the Brisbane Broncos, the Seagulls Academy program develops talent from the junior level through to opportunities to play in the NRL.

A number of Seagulls Academy athletes signed NRL contracts in 2021 and the club has a long history of successful player development.

Trials will be held on the evening of Friday October 8th, at BMD Kougari Oval, 92 Wondall Rd, Manly West.

U18s will trial from 5pm to 6.30pm. Only players born in 2004 or 2005 are eligible to register, trial and play in 2022.

U21s will trial from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. Only players born in 2001, 2002 or 2003 are eligible to register, trial and play in 2022.

Due to limits on capacity, all players wishing to trial must register at this link by October 1st.

Further information will be provided to registered participants closer to the trial.

Colts secure Minor Premiership

With only one loss and one draw leading in to the 14th and final round of the season, the Seagulls have locked up the Hastings Deering Colts minor premiership. Off the back of an impressive year for the McDonalds Seagulls Academy, the Colts sit five points clear of the second placed Blackhawks.

This Saturday will see those top two teams go head to head in the final round of the season, with what looms to be a key finals matchup preview. The Colts will play the Blackhawks up in Townsville at 12pm, as a curtain raiser to the Intrust Super Cup game.

Seagulls Academy Manager and Colts Head Coach Michael Dobson said he and his team were excited for the challenge ahead.

“We knew we had a tough run into the finals, we have played three strong teams and now we have to finish with the Blackhawks in Townsville,” Dobson said.

“We want to see high intensity in defence and you are going to need high completion rates because it’s going to be hot up there.

“We are excited and it’s all about that high intensity football.”

Read the full preview of that clash on the QRL’s website.

Last Sunday’s game against Norths Devils was the clincher for the Colts minor premiership, with a strong victory allowing the team to seal their own fate. The Gulls crossed for seven tries on the day, including doubles from Alec MacDonald and Harrison Graham. Jacob Sturt-Tobin, Germaine Bulsey and Will Parslow also scored, with Braden Whittaker continuing his strong form with the boot and converting 6 from 7 goals.

The Colts again maintained their defensive intensity throughout the game, only allowing the Devils to score 4 points.

In his second game back from injury, Max Plath was also impressive and earned the McDonald’s Player of the Match award. Plath started in five-eighth after coming off the bench in the prior round, steering the Gulls around for 400 kick metres and over 1,700 run metres.

The club would like to thank McDonald’s Bayside for their continued support of the Seagulls Academy program.

McDonald’s Seagulls Academy Wrap – Falcons in Round 16

The Hastings Deering Colts notched another win in an already impressive 2021 season on Saturday, defeating the Sunshine Coast Falcons 24-18. A game of swings and momentum meant both sides were well and truly in the hunt throughout the game, with the Falcons looking to maintain their ladder position in the top 4.

It was a sloppy affair for the first 30 minutes, with both teams failing to take care of the football and struggling with discipline. However, Max Plath made sure his impact was felt when he opened the scoring within his first 5 minutes of footy for the season.

Plath started this game on the bench, after a long rehabilitation process to overcome an ACL injury. Plath rejoins a number of teammates across the Seagulls program who have overcome injuries in 2021. The club wide long-term view to football development is supported by the McDonald’s Seagulls Academy.

Seagulls Fullback Braden Whittaker was the McDonald’s Player of the Match, guiding the team around defensively through crucial momentum swings.

Colts Head Coach Michael Dobson was happy with the team’s defensive effort. “It was especially pleasing to see those effort areas after coming off a long break. We were a bit scrappy with the ball, but our middle forwards and Braden in Fullback had really strong games and helped us get it over the line”.

The Colts’ Will Parslow also crossed for the Seagulls in the 37th minute, allowing the home side to take a 10-0 lead into the break in what was proving to be a tight contest.

The Falcons had the first two tries of the second half, taking a 12-10 lead by the 51st minute. But the lead had swung back the other way by the 63rd minute, with Germaine Bulsey bagging a double. Set restarts against the visitors allowed Bulsey to build some momentum and take on a Falcons side that were starting to fatigue.

A couple of missed conversions meant the game was still in the balance despite a try scoring advantage for the home side. Emanuel Tuimavave-Gerrard scored the final try for the Seagulls, who held a 12 point lead with 5 minutes to go in the game.

The Gulls would manage to hold on to the win, notwithstanding a late try in the final minute to the Falcons Jai Smoothy.

The Colts will take on Norths Devils at BMD Kougari Oval on Sunday September 4th at 12pm, before the Intrust Super Cup match.

Perseverance pays off in Plath’s path back to play

By Colleen Edwards
QRL content producer

Months of hard work and perseverance have paid off for Wynnum Manly Seagulls talent Max Plath who returns to the football field this weekend after a long stretch side-lined by injury.

Plath – who can play in the halves and as well as a hooker or lock – has been named on the bench for this weekend’s Round 16 Hastings Deering Colts clash against Sunshine Coast Falcons in what is set to be his first game of rugby league this season.

Returning from an ACL injury, which he suffered in playing for the Seagulls in their Brisbane Rugby League A Grade semi final victory last year, Plath has endured his fair share of injury setbacks in his young career.

“It’s been tough… I have had a bad run,” Plath said of his injuries.

“I did (my ACL) in BRL, in the semi-final … it’s been rough … (but it was) good timing in a sense, because as soon as I did it, I was straight into pre-season, so the coaching staff and the gym staff are highly qualified and they take good care of their players.

Check out the full profile on Max on the QRL’s website here:

Max’s development through a long term history with the Seagulls is another example of the importance of the Seagulls Academy. Thanks to proud club partner McDonalds Bayside, the Seagulls Academy supports an elite pathway from junior football through to QRL major competitions.

The Hastings Deering Colts take on the Sunshine Coast Falcons in a curtain raiser on Saturday 28th of August at BMD Kougari Oval, kicking off at 12.10pm.

Head Coach Michael Dobson named his team earlier this week, including the return of Max Plath. Check out the full team list below!

Hastings Deering Colts – Wynnum Manly Seagulls – Round 16

  1. Ben Farr
  2. Grand Hagai
  3. Sebastian Winters-Chang
  4. Kurt Farr
  5. Tom Farr
  6. Braden Whittaker
  7. Corey Herdegen
  8. Jacob Sturt-Tobin
  9. Kobe Martin
  10. Caius Faatili
  11. Alec MacDonald
  12. Ethan Malt
  13. John RadelInterchange
  14. Max Plath
  15. Nathan Ward
  16. Isaac Carpenter
  17. Caleb Savelio Thompson

Germaine Bulsey hat-trick keeps the Colts on top

The Colts continued their run of fine form last Saturday, beating the Burleigh Bears convincingly with a final score of 38-6. The win sees the Seagulls retain the top spot on the Hastings Deering Colts ladder, three points clear of east side rivals, the Brisbane Tigers.

The development of players across the Seagulls pathways is a key pillar of the club, proudly supported by McDonald’s as the naming rights partner of the Academy Program.

Seagulls Centre Germaine Bulsey earned himself the McDonald’s Player of the Match award in the game on Saturday, with an impressive effort on both sides of the ball.

Bulsey was a standout across the competition, also earning the Hastings Deering ‘Heavy Lifter’ award for Round 10. Check out his highlights here!

The Colts played a curtain raiser at Pinklands Sporting Complex as part of a community round for the club.

McDonald’s Player of the Match Germaine Bulsey

Bulsey opened up the scoring for the ‘home’ team in the 11th minute, busting through the line and showing his pace to beat the fullback and diver over the line. He crossed for his second six minutes later, showing his agility and quick reflexes to pounce on a deflected kick.

Bulsey made a number of crunching tackles to show his effectiveness in defence, and ran the ball well out of the backfield to earn his team good field position. He scored his third try early in the second half, to extend the Gulls 16-6 lead.

A clean team effort from the Seagulls helped hold the Bears to only a solitary try, running in seven themselves. Devontai Seumanutafa had the first points of the second half, with a try converted by Braden Whittaker who was five from seven on the day.

Ben Farr returned to the Colts side and made his mark on the game, scoring in the 67th minute. Jacob Sturt-Tobin and Caius Faatili capped off the scoring, with both players crossing in the final ten minutes.

The Colts take on the Western Mustangs on Sunday in Round 10, with Michael Dobson naming his updated squad of 17 ahead of the clash.

Colts Team List

  1. Braden Whittaker
  2. Grand Hagai
  3. Kurt Farr
  4. Germaine Bulsey
  5. Carsen Huth
  6. Blake Moore
  7. Corey Herdegen
  8. Jacob Sturt-Tobin
  9. Shaun Packer
  10. John Radel
  11. Ethan Malt
  12. Kobe Martin
  13. Nathan Ward
  14. Jackson Rohweder
  15. Isaac Carpenter
  16. Caleb Savelio-Thompson
  17. Bailey Coles

Colts ready to roll against Redcliffe

The Seagulls Hastings Deering Colts will look to continue their impressive season as they take on Redcliffe in the curtain raiser this Saturday at 4pm.

The Round 11 fixture is a top of the table clash, with the Gulls sitting in first place with one loss and one draw, and the Dolphins close behind in third.

After a scheduled bye round and the postponement of their most recent game, the Gulls are eager to get back out on the field and face off against the Dolphins for the second time this season. When the clubs took the field for the first time in Round 2 earlier in 2021, the Seagulls scored 7 tries and came away with a strong win.

In their most recent match, the Colts took on the Tweed Seagulls for the first time since their pre-season trial. After being beaten fairly comprehensively in that trial, coaching staff were pleased to get a good win when the points counted in Round 9.

Braden Whittaker was the Gulls’ best in that game, and walked away with the McDonald’s Player of the Match Award.

The five-eighth steered the team effectively in attack on the day, and was defensively sound. The Gulls primary goal kicker, Whittaker also converted five conversions from five attempts.

Colts Head Coach Michael Dobson was pleased with the team’s ability to convert points on the day and impressed with a more complete performance than he had seen in recent weeks. “We ticked the effort areas a bit better against Tweed and met the KPIs that we set as a team”.

Despite losing the possession and kicking metres battle, the Gulls showed strong discipline and defensive intensity, limited their opposition to 12 points.

The Colts team has gone from strength to strength in 2021, in a boost to the credibility of the McDonalds Seagulls Academy Program. With a number of NRL call ups for players in the Seagulls Intrust Super Cup side this year, pathways continue to open for Colts players to earn opportunities to play at the next level.

This week, Alec MacDonald is set to make his ISC debut after impressing Academy staff and ISC Head Coach Adam Brideson throughout the year. The ongoing development of players remains a key pillar of the Gulls football program and the Club is grateful to McDonalds for proudly supporting the Seagulls Academy.