Seagulls Summer Series | Patrick Templeman

By Lee Reilly

One player who was itching for the start of pre-season was former captain Patrick Templeman. The Wynnum Manly Seagulls play-maker only saw 40 minutes of a pre-season trial game before being struck down with a shoulder injury and leaving the 24 year-old shattered.

“To do a full pre-season and play 40 minutes of one trial to be told your out for the year is pretty heartbreaking, it was pretty tough to deal with. You feel distant from the playing group because you can’t contribute with the on field stuff.”

“I’m not the first person to go through it and I certainly wont be the last,” added Templeman.

Templeman decided to be able to be fresh going into 2018 he would play a lower key role during 2017.

“I still went to all the games and did all that I could. I didn’t want to be around a whole heap because I wanted to be hungry and excited going into next year. It’s the first pre-season that I’ve really enjoyed; I’m back into it and excited.”

Where we see the 2015 Courier Mail Best & Fairest medal winner lining up for the Seagulls in 2018 is something coach Adam Brideson and Templeman are keeping close to their chests but a conversation that has taken place.

“Brido (Brideson) and I had a little chat about where I’ll play next year and how we’ll go about things.”

“I think we all know we can do something pretty special next year if we all put the hard work in now. There’s a good reward come September and October next year if we put in the hard yards.”

Making the new recruits like Michael Dobson, Delouise Hoeter and Matt Allwood feel welcome at BMD Kougari Oval as soon as they arrived is something that the former Canterbury Bulldog made sure of.

“That’s something as a leader that I try to pride myself on is welcoming the new fellas in.” “If you can make it as welcoming and enjoyable as possible at a new club it makes it easier for their home life and putting good performances on the field.”

With the retirement of Matty Seamark, who will be taking over the goal kicking duties is something that Adam Brideson will have to decide. With the playmaker being one of the leading candidates and something he has been pondering about and understands the importance of.

“I was thinking about that last week. I might have to take over Seamarks’ golden boot. It’s been a while since I’ve kicked goals. I filled in when Matty was injured or out. It’s defiantly something we struggled with last year.”

“It’s been a while since I’ve been a full-time kicker so I’ll have to dust off the boots and maybe start practicing,” said Templeman.

“I enjoyed it when I was in 20’s (Playing with Canterbury Bulldogs). Sometimes it can help your game. If your kicking goals and striking the ball well it can give you confidence in other parts of your game. If given that responsibility next year I’ll definitely enjoy it.”









Seagulls sign former Tongan forward Atelea Vea

By Seagulls Media

BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls has signed former Tongan forward Atelea Vea for the 2018 season.

Vea arrives at BMD Kougari Oval from the UK Super League, where he had stints with Leigh, St Helens and London.

The 31-year old has played NRL for the Cronulla Sharks, Melbourne Storm and St George Illawarra Dragons as well as two tests for Tonga.

Vea is a strong, powerful forward who can play in the front row or on an edge. His hard running and physical style of play will be a big boost to the Seagulls’ pack.

Seagulls CEO Hanan Laban believes he is a great fit for the club and the Chook Pen will get right behind the new recruit.

“Atelea not only brings NRL experience to the club, but his versatility adds something extra to our forward pack.

He is big, athletic and imposing with the football which will hopefully lead to some second phase play or quick play the balls.

I am sure the Chook Pen will find plenty of voice when he carries the football next season.”

Vea returns from the UK this weekend and will commence training with the Seagulls on Monday.

Vea’s Playing History

  • Cronulla Sharks 2009 – 2010
  • Melbourne Storm 2011
  • St George Illawarra Dragons 2012 – 2013
  • London Broncos 2014
  • St Helens 2015 – 2016
  • Leigh Centurions 2017

Frei extends his stay until 2019

By Seagulls Media

The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls have re-signed 2017 captain Mitchell Frei for the next two seasons.

Frei seemingly enjoyed the leadership role, earning his third Queensland Residents jersey and finishing the season in superb form.

The 25year old was a powerhouse on the left edge for the Red and Green with an average of over 110 run metres gained per match.

The back rower is a graduate from the Brisbane Broncos NYC system and earned an NRL debut in 2016 with the Sydney Roosters. In 2015 he was named the Intrust Super Cup Lock of the Year.

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)

1958 Bobby Cook’s late run to divide bonus with Barry Muir- Throwback Thursday History Article

By Paul Comber

Wynnum Manly’s brilliant five-eighth Bobby Cook, earned two points yesterday to draw with Wests halfback Barry Muir In ‘The Courier Mail ₤50 bonus competition’ for Brisbane’s Best and Fairest Rugby League player of the season.  These two bright young players finished on 21 points and will share the bonus, ₤25 pound for each player.


On a beaten side yesterday Cook was a continual threat to Brothers, and scored one of the best tries of the season.  He beat the opposition forwards on the blindside of the ruck, cut through the three quarters, side stepped the fullback and scored as winger Garvey clutched at his jersey.


Muir had a commanding lead in bonus points until recent months, when he became trouble by infected tinea in his feet.  He did not earn any points in the last three games.

Bulimba Cup lock forward Barry O’Conner, finished up in third position on 17 points.  He was followed by Marshall Barnfield (Wynnum Manly) and Col McCarthy (Easts) both on 16 points.


Cook 21, a typewriter mechanic, attended school in Wynnum and was an outstanding player with the brilliant Wynnum Manly underage team, which won consecutive premierships in the Under 16’s, Under 17’s and Under 18’s when coached by Bob McMurchie.


Cook has always been a brilliant attacking player with a paralysing burst of speed when he has got any opening.  This season he has also shown great improvement in defence.  He has always preferred to play as five-eighth although at times Wynnum Manly have selected him as a centre.


Barry Muir, 20 is a product of the Tweed District League, where he played for three seasons after leaving school at Coolangatta.  Last year he moved to Toowoomba, where he played for Valleys club as halfback with Brian Jones at five-eighth.  He represented Toowoomba in the floodlight game and transferred to Wests in Brisbane at the start of the season.


A carpenter by trade Muir is a hard, wiry type, and weighs 11 stone.  Accurate quick passing from the scrum base and great cover defence have been the features of his play, and he forced his way into the Brisbane Bulimba cup team after missing the first match.


Source: “The Courier Mail” September 1958.


Photo: Wynnum Manly five-eighth Bobby Cook (left) and Barry Muir (centre) receive their cheques of ₤25 each from The Courier Mail League writer Jack Reardon at Lang Park.

1984 Could not have done it better myself – Throwback Thursday History Article

By Paul Comber

“I couldn’t have done it better. He was my man of the match.”  So said former Test fullback Colin Scott of Brian Walsh’s performance in Wynnum-Manly’s 42-8 demolition of Souths in yesterday’s Winfield Cup grand final.


Scott was unavailable for the final because of a three match suspension and Walsh, because of his inexperience as a fullback, was regarded as a risk in the Seagulls’ line-up.

But the versatile little veteran did everything asked of him and more as the Seagulls made their claim to being one of Brisbane’s best post-War teams.  He won the TVO man of the match award for the second time in successive grand finals.


In 1982 he won the television award for his skilful performance at five-eighth in the Seagulls’ first Premiership win, again over Souths.  Coach Des Morris was elated with the team performance yesterday, but singled out Walsh far special praise.  “He excelled himself,” Morris said.


Walsh himself was typically modest. “I think Scotty could have made more of a couple of opportunities to come into the backline;” be said.  Now 30, Walsh will leave a decision on next year until Christmas. “I’ll know by then if I am ready for the hard grind of training in the January heat,” he said.


Another Wynnum stalwart Wayne Bullock announced his retirement after the match.  Bullock, 30, said after eight seasons with Wynnum it was time to call it quits.  He joined Wynnum from Coilinsville in 1976 and the only other club he has played with since is Bradford Northern in England.  A skilful ball player he replaced Mal Green for the last 10 minutes of yesterday’s game.


Compliments of the Wynnum Herald 1984

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


1984 U18’s Premiership Winners – Throwback Thursday History Article

By Paul Comber

Wynnum-Manly under 18s, finished too strong for Brothers to take the Pacific Land rugby league trophy in the grand final at Lang Park on Saturday.  Two converted tries in the second half gave the Seagulls an easy 24-10 win.


Brothers opened the scoring in the first three minutes of the match, it came after a bomb.  This was followed by a penalty goal by Peter Sinclair to make the score 4-2. Seagulls’ first try was scored in the 25th minute after five-eighth Peter Sinclair cleverly switched play 10 metres out.  Sinclair passed the ball to Craig Adams who powered his way past four Brothers’ players to score.  The half-time score was 8-4 in favour of the Gulls.


Wynnum-Manly were the first to put points on the board in the second half. The points came after second rower Steve Taylor opened up Brothers’ defence 30 metres out. Taylor passed to Lance Belford who scored in the corner.


Brothers gave their supporters a glimmer of hope when they surged  hack with a try under the posts. They converted the try to make the score 12-10.  That try secured to be the signal for Seagulls to move into top gear. Seagulls scored two quick tries in the 62nd and 66th minutes.


The first was scored by Peter Sinclair from about 12 metres out and the second by fullback Darren Scott after good lead-up work by centre Mark Jones.


The win topped off a good season for Seagulls’ coach Graham Smith. Seagulls’ under 18’s won the minor premiership, the special pre-season competition as well as the Chairman’s Trophy and premiership.


It’s not over yet for the under 18’s. They will play a curtain raiser at Lang Park on Sunday. Wynnum-Manly will play the Police Academy at 10.30am.  The Police Academy side were win­ners of the Sub-district under 18 com­petition.


Members of the team are: Darren Whipps (fullback), Craig Gavin (winger), Greg Street and Mark Jones (centres), Lance Belford (winger), Peter Sinclair (five-eighth), Rory Ruhanan (halfback), Peter Jones (lock), Andrew Tessman and Steve Taylor (second row), Craig Adams (prop), Darren Petrie (hooker) and Greg Burke (prop).

Reserves: Noel Tierney, Jason Lloyd, Chad Giles, Joe Schweitzer, Steve Smith, Ivan Harshorn, Paul Lineburg, Shaun Winter, Ross Daley and Steve Haigh.


Graham Smith said he was more than happy with the under 18’s perfor­mance during the season.  He said he would be the under 18 coach again next season.  “There is a strong under 17 side coming up,” Graham said.  Those who played in the under 18s this year will not be eligible again next season,” he said.


Peter Sinclair (captain) and Peter Jones (vice-captain) spoke highly of the under 18 players.  They said the players did everything asked of them when called upon. “The team hated losing,” Peter Sinclair said. “Valleys were always a hard side because they played a similar style to us,” he said.  Both are looking forward to playing, with Wynnum-Manly teams next season.


The team comprises Wynnum-Manly. Redlands and Cannon Hill youngsters.” Peter Jones said. “Most of us are happy to remain in the district to boost Seagulls’ ranks,” he said.


Article compliments of The Wynnum Herald 1984

1975 Match Box Covers – Throwback Thursday History Article


By Paul Comber

Local Brisbane Rugby League in 1975 had one of their greatest promotions with the distribution of 20 million matchboxes across the state of Queensland.  The matchboxes showed the top BRL players of 1975, club insignias plus all the relevant details.

They were a product of Australian Match Manufacturing and were a unique project in Queensland for the first time a sport had been projected in mass distribution through matchbox cover designs.

This huge commercial project had an amusing origin.  Frank Train, a well-known Rugby League identity of that time was chopping down a tree on his property, when he remarked to Australian Match Manufacturing Chief Mr. John Christensen that the wood would be right for matchsticks.  Mr. Christensen replied that it was the wrong type of timber.  However the session was not to be wasted one, for Frank suggested that the matchboxes could be a help in boosting Rugby League – and John agreed.  John got in touch with BRL Management Committee Chairman, Mr. Arthur Sparks who thought it was a fine idea.

There were 42 matchboxes in the set represented by 8 Club Insignias, 32 Players (4 each club), the Kirks Cup and BRL emblems.  The five Wynnum Manly matches were Gary Seaton, Bob Clapham, Neil Kingston, Peter Inskip and the Club Insignia.

Article compliments of the Rugby League News 1975