The McDonalds Seagulls Academy teams have wrapped up their regular seasons over the weekend with final round matches at the Redcliffe Dolphins.
Providing a clear pathway through the club to our Hostplus Cup and BMD Premiership teams and beyond, the Seagulls Academy continues to develop strong local talent.
Supported by McDonalds, our Cyril Connell Challenge U16s, Mal Meninga Cup U18s and Harvey Norman U19s have done us proud again in 2023.
Our U18s finished the regular season in equal first place in the South East QLD pool, and will progress to the semi-finals after Easter. There are many talented players in the side and this is just reward for their hard work and excellent performance on the field.
Our U16s were competitive throughout their season with a young squad, of which most will get the opportunity to play again in 2024. Finishing mid-table, these boys will be stronger next season after experiencing competitive football in a tough competition.
The U19s were undefeated after 4 rounds and playing great football, eventually finishing 4th. A number of girls were identified to move up into the BMD Premiership side, solidifying this pathway for our younger players and exposing them to higher quality opponents which will aid their development for next season.
The support of our Premier Partner McDonalds is crucial to the success of the Seagulls Academy each season, and we’d like to thank them for their continued affiliation with the club.
For now, our U16s and U19s will return to their local club football, while our U18s will prepare for well-deserved finals football after the Easter break. Following that, some of our U19s Women will step up to play in the BMD Premiership and some U18s Men will play in the Hastings Deering Colts U21s.