Category: WMS News

Seagulls sign Broncos trio

By Seagulls Media

The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls are today pleased to announce the signing of former Brisbane Broncos players, Mitch Cronin, Aaron Rockley and Alex Barr until 2019.

All three have been a part of the Seagulls’ Intrust Super Cup roster for a few years as Broncos affiliate players however they will call BMD Kougari Oval home from next season.

Cronin had a stellar campaign in 2017, starring in the Auckland Nines for the Broncos before making the Queensland Residents side for the second year running. The hooker collected the BMD Player’s Player award in Intrust Super Cup this season.

Rockley moved down from Atherton to join the Seagulls’ Mal Meninga side when he was 17 and went on to play for the Broncos Under 20s and Seagulls Intrust Super Cup. The former QRL Rookie of the Year will be called upon to take a leadership role in the forward pack.

Barr is a Easts Tigers junior who played alongside Seagulls’ teammates Rockley, Jayden Berrell, Max Elliott and Brendan McBryde in the successful Broncos Under 20s system. The back rower flourished at the back end of the 2017 season and will look to continue that form next year.

Delouise Hoeter to wear the Red and Green

By Seagulls Media

The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls has today announced that former Norths Devils and Wests Tigers centre Delouise Hoeter will call BMD Kougari Oval home next season.

Hoeter, 23, is a Keebra Park State High School product who made his NRL debut for the Wests Tigers in 2015, playing seven games that season.

Recently he has starred in the Intrust Super Cup, earning selection in the Queensland Residents team this past season and scored two tries in the 36-6 victory.

The former Tongan international will complement new signing Matthew Allwood to form a potent set of outside backs for coach Adam Brideson.

“Delouise is a high-quality player at this level who will give us a lot of strike out wide. He is a competitor and an outstanding athlete.

He knows a few of our players from the Queensland Residents team last year and he is a positive character to join the group. I am looking forward to working with him next season.”

Hoeter’s Playing History

  • Wests Tigers NRL (2015)
  • Tonga INTERNATIONAL (2015)
  • Townsville Blackhawks ISC (2016)
  • Norths Devils ISC (2017)
  • Queensland Residents (2017)

2017 Wynnum Manly Seagulls Awards Night

By Lee Reilly

Wynnum Manly Seagulls utility Jayden Berrell joined an illustrious list of former greats when he took out the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club – ISC Player of the Year award at the Seagulls Awards night. The former Junior Kangaroo, who was unable to attend the evening was a constant performer and worthy winner of the award in a side that struggled with injuries throughout 2017.


The night also was a chance for the Seagulls to bid farewell to outgoing club great Matt Seamark who brought up his 200th ISC match during the season. Seamark who announced his retirement on the night, has been selected for Wales for the upcoming World Cup was a member of the Baysider’s back to back Intrust Super Cup Premiership sides in 2011 and 2012 and is also the highest goal scorer in ISC history.


Other highlights from the evening included Seagulls stalwart John Te Reo being recognised for reaching his 200 ISC match in 2017 and Fullback Daniel Ogden scored try 136 to become the all-time leading Try scorer in ISC history.


Wynnum Manly Seagulls Chairman Rick Green was honoured with Life Membership of the club and former Maroons and Kangaroos representative Chris McKenna was farewelled on the evening for his tireless work over the last 7 years as Academy and Development Officer.


Award Winners

Wynnum Manly Leagues Club ISC Player of the Year – Jayden Berrell

BMD Player’s Player – Mitch Cronin

OPTUS BRL Player of the Year – Adam Tuimave Gerard

BRL Player’s Player – Mitch Moore

FOGS COLTS Player of the Year – Mitipere Tuatai

FOGS COLTS Player’s Player – Mitipere Tuatai

Anthony Schweitzer Memorial Shield – Fan’s Favourite: Peter Gubb

Australia Trade Industry College – Mal Meninga Cup Awards

MM Best Back: Jack Callow

MM Best Forward: Brock Richardson

MM Player of the Year: Brock Richardson

Wynnum Manly Old Boys Award – Aaron Booth

Trevor Niebling Memorial Trophy – Best Junior to Senior: Jack Goodsell

Arch Geary Club Person of the Year – Boyd Meehan


Seagulls sign NRL centre Matthew Allwood

by Seagulls Media

The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls have signed New Zealand Warriors’ centre Matthew Allwood until the end of 2019.

Allwood, 24, comes to the club with NRL experience at centre and wing, and will bolster the outside backs ranks at the Seagulls.

Allwood made his NRL debut at age 21 for the Canberra Raiders and played 11 NRL games in his debut season. He then moved to the New Zealand Warriors on a three-year contract where he played 6 NRL games.

The Scone product has starred in the Intrust Super Premiership for the Warriors and represented the NSW Residents in 2016 and 2017.

Seagulls’ CEO Hanan Laban said Allwood was a player they coveted in the off-season.

“(Allwood) is an NRL experienced player who is still quite young and we ranked him as was one of the best available outside backs. He has been one of the dominant centres in the Intrust Super Premiership and we are thrilled to see him wear the Red and Green for the next two seasons.”

Allwood’s speed and toughness are traits that have Seagulls’ coach Adam Brideson excited about his new recruit.

“He has come from an NRL system where he has displayed strong work ethic and ability. He comes highly recommended as a competitive player that will give us some strike out wide.

I am looking forward to working with (Allwood) and I am sure he will fit in well with our playing group.”

Allwood’s Playing History

  • Canberra Raiders NRL 2014
  • New Zealand Warriors NRL 2015-17
  • NSW ISP Residents Team 2016-17

Michael Dobson signs two-year deal with Wynnum Manly

by Seagulls Media

The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls are today pleased to announce the signing of Salford Red Devils half-back Michael Dobson for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Dobson will headline the playmaking core for the Seagulls over the next two seasons and will bring strong leadership to BMD Kougari Oval.

Dobson had an illustrious ten seasons in Super League where he survived a Million Pound Game, guided Salford to their first Challenge Cup semi-final for twenty years and was twice named in the Dream Team at Hull KR.

Dobson said: “I’ve been thinking about it for the last year and I’ve got a young family and it’s time to take the family home.

“I’ve been here for ten seasons now and we’re just ready to go back, settle down and take a step back from full-time rugby league and move onto the next phase.”

Salford Head Coach Ian Watson was full of praise for his departing half-back: “Dobbo is someone you can greatly rely on to commit 100% to the cause which is shown in the amount of respect he commands from the coaching staff and players. He has helped drive and install a fantastic work ethic within the team and club as captain.

“His attitude is one that doesn’t rely on his talents, which are obvious to see, but his desire and hard-working nature which rubs off on all the players around him. His professionalism and performances over the last couple of years for Salford have been a massive reason as to why we’ve progressed to being a top eight club.”

Seagulls Head Coach Adam Brideson is looking forward to working with the veteran half-back: “Dobbo has come highly recommended as a person and a leader, which is very important for our club. We believe he is somebody that will not only fit into our culture but will enhance it with his work ethic and experience.

We struggled for consistency in the halves this season due to injury and he will be very important for us moving forward. He will be able to mentor our young players and also work in with guys like Pat Templeman, Shaun Nona and Aaron Booth next season.”

Dobson and his family are returning to Australia in October. He is recovering from a thumb injury but is expected to be fit to play by the trials.

Dobson’s Playing History

  • Catalans Dragons (2006)
  • Wigan Warriors (2006)
  • Canberra Raiders (2007 – 2008)
  • Hull KR (2008 – 2013)
  • Newcastle Knights (2014)
  • Salford Red Devils (2015 – 2017)

Seagulls Sign Shaun Nona

By Seagulls Media

The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls are pleased to announce the recent signing of premiership winning playmaker Shaun Nona for the remainder of the 2017 season.

Nona, 26, has arrived from the St George Illawarra Dragons after signing before the June 30 deadline. The half had been playing for feeder side the Illawarra Cutters where he won an NRL State Championship in 2016.

The injuries to Travis Burns (hand), Patrick Templeman (shoulder – season), Aaron Booth (foot), Mathew Seamark (shoulder/hand) and Mitchell Cronin (hamstring) prompted the Seagulls to add the quality playmaker for this season. Nona’s signing helps fill the void left by this devastating injury toll, whilst adding class to the Seagulls outfit intent on playing finals football.

Seagulls CEO Hanan Laban believes Nona will give the club an extra boost at an important time in the season.

“Shaun is a proven match winner at Intrust Super Cup level and has spent a lot of time in the NRL system with both the Storm and Dragons,” Laban said.

“He has a professional approach to his football and possesses the play making ability to make a difference to our side. Our injured halves are still a few weeks away and we are at the stage of the season where we need to win football games so he has come at a critical time”.

Nona’s signing means that he will return to the Intrust Super Cup where he played an instrumental role in guiding the Northern Pride to premiership success in 2014.

Shaun Nona: Playing history
> 2016 Intrust Super NSW Premiership Winner – Illawarra Cutters (NRL State Championship Winners)
> 2014 Intrust Super Cup QLD Premiership Winner – Northern Pride (NRL State Championship Winners)

Representative Honors
> NSW Residents: 2016
> QLD Residents: 2014, 2015

Previous Clubs
> St George Illawarra / Illawarra Cutters: 2016 – 2017
> Melbourne Storm / Easts Tigers: 2015
> Northern Pride: 2012 – 2014