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Emily Bass Named in QLD Origin Team

BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls player Emily Bass has been named to debut on the wing for the Harvey Norman QLD Maroons in their State of Origin match on Friday 24 June

‘Bassy’, as she is known at the Seagulls, arrived at the club at the conclusion of the Broncos NRLW season.

She immediately made an impact on the wing, with her speed and power making her difficult for opposition defenders to handle.

A switch to fullback proved a masterstroke from Seagulls coach Ron Troutman, as Bass had more room to run and coincidentally the team won 3 games in a row to finish the regular season.

Bass, a standout earlier for the Brisbane Broncos, was instrumental in the Seagulls attack during the 5 games that she played this season.

The 23-year old from Toowoomba averaged over 100 run metres per game and also kicked goals for the Gulls.

The Seagulls are very proud to see Bassy make the QLD Origin team, after her teammate Shaylee Bent made the NSW squad, and wish her all the best for the clash against the Blues.

The game will be played at GIO Stadium in Canberra on Friday 24 June, with kick off at 7:45pm.

Seagulls Reveal Indigenous Jersey

The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls are proud to share the Indigenous jersey that we will wear on Sunday 5 June at North Stradbroke Island / Minjerribah.

The jersey was unveiled at a Reconciliation Lunch hosted by Redland City Council, with Deadly Choices, Yulu-Burri-Ba and local Indigenous elders present.

This is an Indigenous recognition match during Round 10 of the Hostplus Cup, held on the island for the first time since 2019.

The jersey was designed by Deadly Choices and inspired by the memory of Aunty Lyn Shipway, who passed away recently.

Aunty Lyn was chair of both Yulu-Burri-Ba Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health and the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health and was formerly on the board of Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders in Council.

The 2021 Redland City Council Citizen of the Year, Aunty Lyn also helped to establish Minjerribah Day Respite Centre, Myora Caravan Park and Nareeba Moopi Pa Aged Care centre.

Aunty Lyn was an instrumental figure in pushing for the Seagulls to first play on Minjerribah in 2014.

The design of the jersey includes the carpet snake and the dolphin, both prominent in the Minjerribah area.

The white circles within the bigger circle represent the 19 health clinics that Aunty Lyn contributed to opening.

The 4 larger circles represent the 4 board members that established the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island flags are located on each shoulder, with Deadly Choices front and centre on the jersey to represent their significant contribution to the organisation of this Indigenous recognition match.

The Seagulls will host a team dinner on Saturday night, where David Collins, CEO Yulu-Burri-Ba Health Service, will speak to the players privately about the impact of Aunty Lyn Shipway and how important this game is for the local community.

The Seagulls staff and players are incredibly excited to be involved in a match such as this, and will wear this Indigenous jersey with immense pride.

A Traditional Welcome to Country and Dance Ceremony will commence at 1:30pm on Sunday, followed by kick off at 2:10pm at Ron Stark Oval.

North Stradbroke Island Match This Sunday!

The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls are eager to make the trip over to North Stradbroke Island / Minjerribah this Sunday for their Indigenous recognition match.

This event is proudly supported by Deadly Choices, Yulu-Burri-Ba health service and Redland City Council and will be held at the Straddie Sharks rugby league club (Ron Stark Oval, Dunwich).

Deadly Choices Ambassadors will be present, as well as staff to conduct health checks and give out specially-made shirts that replicate the Seagulls playing jersey.

This is the first time the Seagulls have been back to North Stradbroke Island since 2019.

The Hostplus Cup squad will travel over to the island on Saturday afternoon to complete their Captain’s Run session before assisting Seagulls coaches in running a rugby league clinic for local kids.

Following this, the team will hold a private dinner where local Indigenous dignitaries will speak to the players about the importance of this event for the local community and the meaning behind the design of their playing jersey.

The details of Sunday are as follows:
8:20am – local junior games
9am – market stalls and activations
11:20am – Hastings Deering Colts
1:30pm – Traditional Welcome to Country and Dance Ceremony
2:10pm – Hostplus Cup

We would love to see as many people as possible at North Stradbroke Island on Sunday.

Sealink have ferries running throughout the day to get you over and back.

You can catch the passenger ferry as the ground is within walking distance of the ferry terminal at Dunwich.

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Seagulls RISE Program Open For Registration

The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls have recently announced their RISE rugby league development program has opened for registration.

This program will be run by Seagulls Academy coaches and is open to both male and female players.

Registration fees are $165 and registrations will close on Sunday 29 May.

RISE is comprised of five sessions for each age group, with the following dates:

13’s/14’s Boys

  • Session 1 – July 10th
  • Session 2 – July 25th
  • Session 3 – August 8th
  • Session 4 – August 29th
  • Session 5 – September 12th
  • Gala Day – September 23rd/24th

15’s Boys / 13’s-14’s & 15’s-16’s Girls

  • Session 1 – July 10th
  • Session 2 – August 1st
  • Session 3 – August 15th
  • Session 4 – September 5th
  • Session 5 – September 19th
  • Gala Day – September 23rd/24th

Players will have further opportunities to showcase their development in game situations through their participation in a structured carnival event to close the program.

Each session will focus on three key areas of player development – technical and tactical skill development, physical development and socio-emotional development.

To register, click here and please enter Wynnum’s postcode of 4178.

For more information, click here.

Seagulls announce Hostplus Cup match on Stradbroke Island Minjerribah

The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls are excited to announce the relocation of their Round 10 Hostplus Cup match to Ron Stark Oval on North Stradbroke Island / Minjerribah.

This will be an Indigenous recognition match, proudly supported by our long-term partners Deadly Choices and Redland City Council, held on Sunday 5 June.

Seagulls staff and players will also visit the island in the days leading up to the game to hold rugby league clinics and engage in activities to help promote tourism on the Redlands Coast.

Wynnum Manly Seagulls CEO Hanan Laban said the club was proud to partner with Deadly Choices since 2014 to showcase the connection between First Nations people and the great game of rugby league.

“As a rugby league club, we wholeheartedly support maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” Mr Laban said.

“We embrace the opportunity that our platform provides us to bring people closer together and to spread positive messages throughout the community.

“Our partnership with Deadly Choices and Redland City Council allows us to form a supportive network to help people lead a healthy life.

Seagulls CEO Hanan Laban chats with Steve Renouf at the launch of the Minjerribah event

“We’re excited for June 5 and we’d like to recognise Deadly Choices and Redland City Council, as this event would not be possible without their support.”

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was happy to support Wynnum Manly Seagulls Rugby League Club with $9000 sponsorship for the event, as it offered important social and health benefits for the Redlands Coast community.

“We know our community loves their sport, so we are proud to be bringing this match to Minjerribah,” Cr Williams said.

“The match will also boost local tourism and business by showcasing the beautiful backdrop of the island.

“In partnership with Minjerribah’s Yulu-Burri-Ba health clinic and the Deadly Choices initiative, the match will also raise awareness of Quandamooka culture and promote health care access and initiatives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“Council is proud to support this match for the third year with $9000 through round one of the 2021-2022 sponsorship program, which includes $1500 towards Quandamooka Cultural Awareness.”

Yulu Burri Ba Health Service CEO David Collins said they were excited to return to Minjerribah this year after a game was successfully featured on the Redlands mainland for the first time last year.

“We’re excited to return to North Stradbroke Island in 2022, which will be well received by locals while providing an opportunity for Wynnum supporters more broadly to venture over to the island and enjoy a unique cultural experience.

“This game also provides an amazing opportunity for us to encourage positive health practices by incentivising health checks for supporters to receive a limited edition Deadly Choices Seagulls shirt.

“It’s a promotion that has worked extremely well for us with the ongoing support of Wynnum Seagulls, particularly in ensuring our younger people are encouraged to live healthy, deadly lives.”

Deadly Choices were supported for the media launch by Ambassadors (L-R) Steve Renouf, Tyrone Roberts, Tamika Upton and Willie Tonga.

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the event was an opportunity for the community to support a good cause.

“Events such as the Hostplus Cup are an example of how community partnerships can make a positive impact on society,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Through health education programs, we can work together to achieve health equality across the community on Minjerribah.”

More information about the events of the day with follow soon.