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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.

Final tickets selling fast for Sportsman’s Luncheon

On Friday September 17, the Seagulls will celebrate their 70 year history at our annual Sportsman’s Luncheon. It’s not too late to grab your ticket!

The club will be joined by Gulls legends from across the decades, sharing stories from their rugby league careers and their fond time at Wynnum Manly. Seagulls State of Origin icons from throughout our history will lead the first panel of speakers, before we hear from beloved club legends from each generation.

With a few tickets and tables remaining, we have opened the final spots back up to the public and encourage you to join us for an exclusive afternoon of fun. This is an event that should not be missed if you’re a Gulls fan or a sports fan in general!

As well as hearing from footy icons, we’ll be raising money for the Seagulls Foundation through raffles and auctions. You’ll have the chance to win and bid on great prizes including sports memorabilia, local entertainment and fine dining experiences from all over Brisbane!

The event kicks off at 12pm on Friday September 17, and wraps up at 4pm. All tickets include a meal and four hour drinks package.

If you’re interested in grabbing a ticket or a table, please email or call the club on 07 3393 3482.

Rd 16 Game Day Information- The Showdown

Round 16 Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Norths Devils – Game Day Information

Round 16 of the Intrust Super Cup sees the Seagulls back at BMD Kougari Oval to take on the Norths Devils.

The team are looking forward to another huge game in front of a Wynnum crowd and enthusiastic Chook Pen for our final home game of the regular season!

Fans are encouraged to wear a flannel shirt and cowboy hat to show your support for the Gulls!

Brisbane Broncos will also be activating on the day with the Brisbane Broncos Dance Squad, Prizes and more!


Sunday 5th September @ BMD Kougari Oval
GATES OPEN 11.00am, CHOOK PEN OPEN 11.00am
LIVE ON KAYO from 2pm

The Intrust Super Cup team will face off in Round 16 against Norths Devils at 2.10pm at BMD Kougari Oval, with the Hasting Deering Colts kicking off at 12.00pm against the Devils.

12:00 pm Hasting Deering Colts v Norths Devils
2:10 pm Intrust Super Cup v Central Norths Devils
4.00pm Concrete Surfers Live Performance

Parking is limited at Wynnum Manly Leagues Club due to on-going renovations. We encourage people to catch a 13CABS to the game.

Tickets are available to be pre-purchased online at this link. Tickets are also available on the gate from $10 GA and $5 concession. Kids under 15 are free.

Chook Pen will be operating from 11:00 pm. Food will be available for purchase from the Seagulls canteen and a Pizza Food Truck. No smoking permitted within the ground.


– All patrons must check in via the QR Code upon entry to the venue

– Please stay at home if you are unwell or have a cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath.
– If you become unwell during the event please see security or event officials
– Spectators please follow requirements set by Queensland Health.

Seagulls throw their support behind live music

The world of live entertainment and events has been hit hard in the last couple of years, including community footy.
As part of our commitment to being more than just a footy club, we’re proud to support live music and our friends across the live entertainment industry however we can.

Since in person concerts are hard to deliver at the moment, local band CONCRETE SURFERS are setting out on a tour of footy venues across Queensland. The boys are mad footy fans, and are excited to tour the state connecting their passions.

BMD Kougari Oval is one of the first stops on the tour, and the band will be performing live on Sunday afternoon after the Intrust Super Cup game.

A number of the band members are Bayside locals, and they frequently find themselves watching the Gulls from The Chook Pen.
Check out the full release from triple j here. Tune in on Sunday afternoon to show your support for local artists!

Scanning the community for women’s football talent

The Wynnum Manly Seagulls are set to take the next step in the evolution of their Women’s Football Program.

After a successful program launch in 2021 entering the Harvey Norman U19’s competition, this offseason will take the Seagulls Women’s Program to the next level. 2022 will see an additional women’s team established, in the QRL’s BHP Premiership, to further solidify the club as an elite sporting pathway for both men and women.

As part of this evolution, the club are working with Queensland X-Ray to scan the local community and identify talent to join the Seagulls program across the two squads. The next stage of this identification process is a talent combine, to be held later in September. The club are seeking expressions of interests from female athletes aged 17 and above, who are interested in playing Rugby League at an elite level.

The talent combine is designed to expose athletes from non-traditional rugby league backgrounds to the game. Whilst previous playing experience is great, the club is also looking for athletes across other sports who might have the skills and capacity to learn the game and quickly excel. Together with Queensland X-Ray, we are excited to find rugby league talent that may not have been seen before.

If you think you have what it takes, please register your interest here. If you think a friend has what it takes, tag them on our Instagram and share this Facebook event. We want to get the word out to as many promising athletes as we can.

Female participation in rugby league continues to rise rapidly, and the opportunity to look beyond existing junior clubs is an exciting moment for the Seagulls. The support of all of our women’s program partners allows the club to help break down some of the historic barriers to participation.

The Seagulls participation in the QRL’s major competitions provides a structured pathway to high level performance. Our senior affiliation with the Brisbane Broncos also opens up opportunities for athletes to be exposed to the NRLW. The entire women’s program will go beyond just competing in their respective seasons, by helping to continue the club’s legacy as a pillar of the bayside community.

The opportunity to demonstrate pathways for young females to continue participation in sport and achieve at the highest level is a key foundation of the Wynnum Manly strategic plan. This talent combine, proudly supported by Queensland X-Ray, will help the club further that mission and identify role models for future female athletes across all levels of the game.

Competitions Update: Seagulls Season Extended

Despite the challenges of recent weeks, the Seagulls are excited to announce the extension of the Queensland Rugby League season. The extension means that the Seagulls will still be able to host the two remaining home games left on this year’s calendar.

The QRL’s updated schedule also means that the 2021 Grand Final is scheduled for the weekend of October 9-10 at Redcliffe’s Moreton Daily Stadium, proceeded by a three week Finals Series beginning on September 18th.

The full QRL media release can be read on their website here:

Under the revised draw, the final rounds of the regular Intrust Super Cup season are as follows:

  • Round 19: August 28-29
  • * Round 16: September 4-5
  • * Round 17: September 11-12

Round 18 (Seagulls vs Capras in Rockhampton) will only be played on August 21-22 if Covid restrictions on events and community sport are lifted across the state by Monday 16th August.

The remaining home games in the Seagulls schedule are as follows:

Saturday August 28th – Seagulls vs Sunshine Coast Falcons – 2.10pm

Sunday September 5th – Seagulls vs Norths Devils – 2.10pm

The Seagulls will head to Townsville to play the Blackhawks for Round 17.

More detail about these games will be provided in the coming days!

2021 Sportsman’s Dinner Postponed

The Seagulls have made the decision to postpone our 2021 Sportsman’s Dinner, originally planned for August 10th.

With the cancellation of next Wednesday’s public holiday and the potential impacts of an extended lockdown and restrictions on gatherings and events, the club has made a proactive decision to give our guests clarity.

All ticket holders will be contacted over the coming days. This is an important fundraiser in our calendar and we look forward to celebrating ’70 years of the Seagulls’ later this year

Origin Legends Headline Sportsman’s Dinner

Next month’s Seagulls Sportsman’s Dinner is once again set to be a night to remember on the club’s annual calendar.

In celebrating the 70th anniversary of the club, the event on August 10th will highlight and commemorate many of the legends that have represented Wynnum Manly across the decades.

The club is excited to announce that the headline panel of the evening will highlight our connection with State of Origin, featuring some of the biggest names in club and state history; Wally Lewis, Gene Miles, Paul Green, Chris McKenna, Colin Scott and Craig Greenhill.

The panel on the evening will also be hosted by Pat Welsh, one of Australia’s most accomplished sports journalists. Pat’s in depth relationship with Rugby League and the local sporting community is sure to bring out the character of these Seagulls Origin stars.

Join us on the night before the Ekka holiday as these Origin legends sit down together alongside our fans to share stories about club premierships, series wins and what it means to be a Seagull in Queensland.

Don’t miss out on your chance to share a meal and hear from these icons of the game. With tables and seats selling out fast, secure your place by emailing or heading to