Iona Remains a Seagulls’ Fortress

BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls enjoyed two strong wins on Saturday at our Premier Partner, Iona College.

In a community-focused match, Iona College hosted the Seagulls for the 3rd year in a row on their school grounds.

The Seagulls enjoyed great support from Iona staff, students and volunteers, both in the lead-up to the games and on the day itself.

A good crowd turned out for the BMD Premiership game at 1pm vs Norths Devils. Norths had some big names in their lineup and broke out to an early lead through 2 unconverted tries.

Our Women’s team hit back though, to level the scores and go into the break at 8-8.

The Seagulls started better in the second half with a great try to Emma Barnes, which opened the gates for another 3 Seagulls tries in 10 minutes.

Emma Barnes scores a great try to swing the momentum.

Final score 30-16, with Barnes scoring 2 tries, and Alyssa McCarthy, Sienna Lofipo, Emily Bass and Kim Hunt also getting on the scoresheet.

Our Hostplus Cup team were up next at 3pm. The Iona students formed a remarkable 50m tunnel to welcome the Seagulls to the field of play.

Brendan Frei leads the Seagulls through the Iona tunnel

It was one-way traffic from the beginning to end with the Seagulls putting on a dominant display.

Deine Mariner opened the scoring in the 7th minute with a shortside play from Matt Milson. He was in again 15 minutes later with an impressive solo effort which beat numerous Jets players.

Kitron Laka was his usual barnstorming self throughout the game, and barreled his way over in the 30th minute. Darius Farmer was up next with a nice 30m run from an inside short ball off Josh Rogers.

Josh Simm finished a great half when he scored in the corner after a Jets turnover. Halftime score, Seagulls leading 28-0.

Laka was over between the posts again in the 46th minute to start the second half just how the first one finished.

Mariner then scored another 2 tries, showing impressive footwork and strength to continue his domination of the left edge.

Deine Mariner streaks clear to open the scoring.

Jack Croft then scored his first Seagulls try in the 68th minute to cap a great day out for the Bayside boys. Josh Rogers kicked 7 from 9 conversions.

Deine Mariner, 18th man for the Broncos on Friday night, was a standout with 4 tries, while Brendan Frei was named Player of the Match.

Next week the Seagulls head to Redcliffe for QRL’s Rivalry Round, at 2pm on Sunday.