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2018 Seagulls’ Award Winners

The Seagulls’ stand out performers were honoured at the 2018 Seagulls Presentation Gala which culminated in the presentation of the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club – Player of the Year award.

It was a tense affair for the leading Player of the Year nominees who were unveiled at the commencement of the evening.

Leaders Max Elliot, Delouise Hoeter, Daniel Ogden and Patrick Carrigan all lead at some stage during the final four rounds, such was the tightness in competition for 2018’s top gong.

Heading into the final round, Ogden lead the scoring by one vote over Junior Kangaroo Carrigan and mercurial centre Hoeter, who were both tied for points and biting on the retiree’s heels.

All 250 guests beckoned their anticipation in complete silence as the final scoring for the evening was announced.

Guests filled the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club Skyview Room

The last competition round against the Townsville Blackhawks saw Pat Carrigan receive one point, whilst Ogden was awarded with the three points – making him the Wynnum Manly Seagulls Player of the Year for the second time in his career. The result capping off a scintillating final month of football for Ogden which included three man of the match performances.

Reflective of the season had, Ogden’s collection of awards also included the BMD Players’ Player and Anthony Schweitzer Supporters Award. A fitting way to close the curtain on a decorated career for the Intrust Super Cup’s most prolific try scorer.

In other awards, young-gun Ed Burns was recognised by the Wynnum Manly Old Boys for his stand out rookie season whilst front-rower Junior Pita received acknowledgement as the best ‘Junior to Senior’.

Coach Ron Troutman, John Te Reo and Mitch Moore helped the crowd relive the club’s first Reserve Grade premiership since 2007, re-capping on a frantic and nerve-wracking finale against Redcliffe.

Pictured: BRL Coach Ron Troutman on stage with MC Chris Bombolas

Troutman paid tribute to the dedication shown by his leadership group as well as commending the professionalism and resilience displayed by the entire squad of 45 players.

Club stalwarts Peter Gubb (150 Seagulls ISC games), Daniel Ogden (100 Seagulls ISC games) John Te Reo (10 years of service) were acknowledge for milestone achievements, before the club bid farewell to its departing players.

Full List of Awards

Wynnum Manly Leagues Club – Intrust Super Cup Player of the Year

Daniel OGDEN

Pictured: (Left to right) Adam Brideson, Daniel Ogden, Craig Thomas












BMD – Intrust Super Cup Player’s Player

Daniel OGDEN

BRL A Grade Player of the Year  


BRL A Grade Player’s Player

Matthew MILSON

Pictured: (Left to right) Ron Troutman, Matthew Milson












Hastings Deering Colts Player of the Year


Hastings Deering Colts Player’s Player

Shannon GARDINER and Rashaun DENNY

Pictured: (Left to right) Chris Bombolas, Rashaun Denny, Shannon Gardiner












Anthony Schweitzer Memorial Trophy – Supporter’s Award:

Daniel OGDEN

Australian Industry Trade College – Mal Meninga Cup Player of the Year


Pictured: (Left to right) Braden Whittaker, Toni Banfield












Australian Industry Trade College – Mal Meninga Cup Player’s Player



Trevor Neibling Memorial Trophy – Best Junior to Senior

Junior PITA

Pictured: Junior Pita












Arch Geary Shield – Volunteer of the Year


Wynnum Manly Seagulls – Club Man of the Year


Wynnum Manly Old Boys – Commitment and Service

Edward BURNS

Special Acknowledgements

Peter GUBB – 150 ISC Games for the Wynnum Manly Seagulls

Daniel OGDEN – 100 ISC Games for the Wynnum Manly Seagulls

John TE REO – 10 years of service for the Wynnum Manly Seagulls

Departing Players – Daniel OGDEN, Mitch MOORE, Josh HOFFMAN, Atelea VEA, Michael DOBSON, Adam TUIMAVAVE-GERRARD

Seagulls’ French Connection Make History

By Seagulls Media

Last month the Catalans Dragons became the first non-English speaking side to claim the UK’s oldest piece of rugby league silver wear – the Challenge Cup.

In a major shot in the arm for French rugby league, the Dragons claimed the trophy at Wembley Stadium in front of 50,000 after defeating the Warrington Wolves in a nerve-jangling final.

For two of Catalan’s brightest stars Benjamin Garcia and Benjamin Julien, the pathway to Super League stardom included stints at BMD Kougari Oval.

Wynnum Manly became a ‘home away from home’ for the Catalans’ back row pairing as both players spent time playing for the Seagulls between 2012 – 2014.

Garcia was the first of the pair to entrench himself in the Seagulls club, arriving as an 18-year-old and residing with fellow overseas arrivals, Charlie and Peter Gubb.

In a brave move, Garcia turned down offers from rugby union giants and Top 14 French club Toulon for a chance to apply his trade at the Seagulls playing under coaches Paul Green (2012 Intrust Super Cup coach) and Adam Brideson (2012 HD Colts coach).

The French international insists it had a positive effect on his development.

“I learned a lot of great great discipline on the field and a strong work ethic from those involved in the club”

“My best memory is making the grand final which was played at Suncorp Stadium!”

Garcia as a Colt in 2012 (left) Garcia and Julien holding the Challenge Cup in 2018 (right)










After a stellar year in 2012 which included three Intrust Super Cup games and being awarded with ‘Colts Player of the Year’, Garcia found the radar of the Brisbane Broncos.

He would go on to play Under 20’s for the Broncos, before returning home to launch his career with the Catalan Dragons and French national side.

Garcia’s current back row partner at Catalans, Benjamin Julien also made the 17,000 km trip from Perpignan to help kick start his career.

Julien played as a Colt in 2014 before returning home to play first grade at SO Avignon, Warrington Wolves and eventually Catalans in 2018.

Seagulls and Panthers face off in BRL preliminary final

By John Devine – QRL Media

The Redcliffe Dolphins await the winner of this Saturday afternoon’s In Safe Hands Cup preliminary final between the BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls and the Wests Brisbane Panthers.

The last time these two clubs played was in Round 16 and on that day, the Seagulls were too strong from the Panthers winning 40-8. However, the Panthers had won the previous three meetings (Round 1, Round 6 and Round 11).

To make their way to the preliminary final; Seagulls held on to progress through their elimination final against Easts, but while the Panthers outscored the Dolphins in the second half, they were unable to go straight through to the grand final after falling victim to a late Tony Tumusa double.

Seagulls coach Ron Troutman’s flock were outstanding last week against the Tigers. Despite fan favourite Peter Gubb being sent to the sin bin just before half time, the Seagulls put three tries on while Gubb watched the clock.

Seagulls forward Kelly Tate pushes through the Tigers’ defense

Troutman was relieved that no further action during the week will be taken against Gubb, meaning he is free to play in the important match.

The Seagulls have named an extended bench as he awaits fitness tests on Corey Davis (concussion) and Semisi Ahoafi (hamstring).

Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard was praised by his coach during the week and the big backrower will be looking to take the rest of the pack up the middle while Jacob Paulo and Josh Hoffman have been in damaging form of late and will test the Panthers defence.

The Seagulls have not played a grand final since 2015 while the Panthers have played in the last two preliminary finals, but have yet to get to the big show.

The Panthers have reshuffled their squad with the talented Mikaere Beattie returning to pair up with Zach Strasser in the halves, moving Kyle Van Klaveren back to fullback.

The big unit Josh Afoa has been named to start in the front row with the metre-eater Michael Molo and the unpredictable Adam Harris at hooker.

Drae Aiono drops to a bench that will need extra support with Simona Vavega and the return of Henry Togiasua putting pressure on the lanks.

Panthers coach Wayne Weekes also has the elusive Gavin Causer to let off the leash as the opposition pack begins to tire.

Preliminary Final
Panthers v Seagulls – WJ Scott Park, Saturday, September 8 at 3.15pm
Watch the live stream by clicking this link

BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls

1. Matthew Milson 2. Peter Gubb 3. Harlan Collins 4. Tumoana Halkyard 5. Jack Goodsell 6. John Te Reo 7. Mitchell Moore 8. Ngarima Pita 9. Kalolo Saitaua 10. Billy Solah 11. Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard 12. Semisi Ahoafi 13. Joshua Hoffman 14. Corey Davis 15. Jacob Paulo 16. Bradley Mana 17. Kelly Tate 18. Jaz Nahu-Main 19. Adrian Elder (two to be omitted)

Coach: Ron Troutman

West Brisbane Panthers

1. Kyle Van Klaveren 2. Namila Davui 3. Kennedy Pettyborne 4. Sam Collins 5. James Olds 6. Mikaere Beattie 7. Zach Strasser 8. Michael Molo 9. Adam Harris 10. Josh Afoa 11. Troy Swift 12. Billy Rogers 13. Dominic Biondi 16. Henry Togiasua 17. Gavin Causer 18. Simona Vavega 19. Drae Aiono

Coach: Wayne Weekes

* John Devine is a QRL correspondent covering the BRL A Grade competition

Seagulls Raffle to Aid Queensland Farmers

SEAGULLS FANS are urged to dig deep to give much-needed relief to drought-stricken farmers.

The Seagulls will raise funds for the Queensland Drought Appeal at this Saturday’s fixture against the Townsville Blackhawks at BMD Kougari Oval.

All funds raised through the club’s ground raffle will be directed to farmers facing severe hardship in drought-stricken regions of Queensland.

The drought which is having such a devastating impact on rural and regional communities has galvanized the support of the entire rugby league community.

Seagulls volunteers will visit all areas of the ground to sell ’50-50′ raffle tickets throughout the afternoon. The lucky winner of the ’50-50′ raffle will walk away with half of the money raised.

Tickets can be purchased online NOW. Head to

$3000 Chemist Warehouse ‘Kick for Cash’

Chemist Warehouse and the BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls invite supporters to take up the opportunity to kick a goal for $3000 at half time of the Seagulls vs Blackhawks game on Saturday, August 25. 

The winner drawn will be given the option to:

  1. Kick for $3000 by taking a conversion 40 metres out in front of goal
  2. Kick for $2000 by taking a conversion 30 meters out in front of goal
  3. Kick for $1000 by taking a conversion 20 meters out in front of goal

Chemist Warehouse customers will receive FREE entry into the Wynnum Manly Seagulls vs Townsville Blackhawks game on August 25, 5.00pm.

All Chemist Warehouse customers who spend $30 or more will be admitted free entry into the match up by simply showing their receipt at the front grate.

Those who wish to go in the draw for the Kick for Cash will be asked to write their name on the back of the receipt before submitting it into the barrel located by the front gate.

Kick For Cash  – Key Information

  • Purchase $30 in store at Chemist Warehouse Wynnum & Tingalpa to go in the draw to kick for the Cash
  • After purchase, Customers are entitled to FREE entry into the Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Townsville Blackhawks match on Saturday 25th August 2018 
  • Customers are advised the keep their receipt and are asked to present this at the front gate for FREE entry into the game
  • Customers will then be given the opportunity to enter the ‘Kick for Cash’ draw by writing their name on the receipt and submitting this receipt into the barrel located the the front gate
  • 10 minutes prior to the first grade game, 3 finalists will be drawn at random from the barrel
  • The one winner will be drawn at random from the 3 finalists at half time during the first grade game
  • The kick will take place at half-time in the first grade match
  • The winner has an option to place kick a goal from the 40 meter line for $3000, the 30 meter line for $2000 or the 20 meter line for $1000
  • If the customer misses, they will receive a second chance kick from the 10 meter line for $250
  • All kicks are to be placed kicked (from ground) and use of a tee is allowed. No drop kicks, punts, bombs etc.
  • Each kick will be taken directly in front of the post
  • If all kicks are missed the winner will receive a $100 gift voucher regardless for their participation and support
  • Customers can enter as many times as they like
  • Kicker needs to be 18 years and over