Seagulls grind out tough win against Falcons in Hervey Bay

The Wynnum Manly Seagulls relocated their Round 12 Hostplus Cup match to Ralph Stafford Park, Hervey Bay in an Indigenous recognition match. The Fraser Coast Regional Council, Deadly Choices and Galangoor Duwalami Primary Healthcare all contributed significantly to the organisation of this match and helped to encourage a large crowd to attend.

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Seagulls Reveal Hervey Bay Indigenous Jersey

The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls are proud to share the story behind the Indigenous jersey that we wore on Saturday 18 June in Hervey Bay.

The jersey was revealed at a morning tea the day before the game at the Galangoor Duwalami Primary Healthcare centre.

Local Indigenous Elders, Deadly Choices staff and ambassadors, and Seagulls staff were present to share in the excitement of the Seagulls trip to Hervey Bay.

Aunty Karen Hall spoke first about the jersey that she designed so lovingly.

The eagles on the jersey represent the coming together of many people as one, signifying the eagle as a symbol that we all look upto in the sky.

The red footsteps represent the people that have travelled across country, and up and down the football field.

The red and green colours on the jersey emulate those of the Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

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 excited crowd at the Galangoor Duwalami Primary Healthcare morning tea.

The Seagulls then attended a team dinner, hosted by Galangoor Duwalami at the Hervey Bay Boat Club, where Aunty Karen Hall spoke to the players about the design of the jersey and what this match means for the local Indigenous community.

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

As a cherry on top of an already successful weekend, the Seagulls won both their Hastings Deering Colts and Hostplus Cup matches.

Fast start sets up Wynnum Manly to deny Tigers

QRL article written by Michael Nunn

Wynnum Manly Seagulls didn’t have to travel too far to take part in their away game against the Brisbane Tigers in Round 11, with the match played at their home ground of BMD Kougari Oval.

The Wynnum Manly forwards in particular gave the Seagulls great ball movement and they made themselves at home deep in the Tigers territory. After a great run from Zac Hoskings, who bumped his way down the middle of the field, the Seagulls went left, attacking with width and precision.

Max Plath and Sam Scarlett gave their outside men space and this forced the Tigers to make decisions and when Falakiko Manu flicked it out for Sione Hopoate; Hopoate wiped his feet on the welcome mat and scored in the corner.

The next Wynnum Seagulls try would feature in a manual of how to score a good tryl with two great runs from Max Elliott and Luke Bateman giving their side time, space and eventually a try to Ben Farr flying through the middle in support.

The Seagulls were up 10-0 after 14 minutes.

The masterclass in forward play continued with Tristan Hope giving that width to Bateman who found space and scored next to the posts to record an astonishing fifth try this year in 10 games for Wynnum.

It was a perfect start at 16-0 for Wynnum Manly who were playing fast and direct and attacking with options everywhere.

The next Wynnum Manly try showcased speed not power or passing. Tigers youngster Jonah Pezet was on debut for the Tigers and put a kick up that was grabbed by Delouise Hoeter. Looming on his inside was David Mead who then had to run 70 metres to give the Seagulls all the running at 20-0.

At halftime, the Seagulls had only missed four tackles compared to the 18 from the Tigers and this resulted in four-line breaks as the Tigers kept putting themselves under pressure.

Seagulls girls help Rubys stun NSW City to win under 19s title

Article written by NRLW Chief Reporter Alicia Newton. 

The Queensland Rubys are the under 19s national champions after beating NSW City 10-4 in the Harvey Norman National Championships final on Sunday.

In a tense contest, the Rubys led 6-0 at half-time courtesy of a try through five-eighth Ellie Williamson before the Queenslanders defended their way to victory against a fast-finishing NSW City side at Pizzey Park.

After three days of gruelling rugby league, the Rubys repelled three City raids in the second half which included a try-saving intercept from winger Helen Uitualagi.

Williamson finished as the Tahnee Norris medal winner for player of the tournament and is all but certain to represent Queensland in the under 19s State of Origin clash on June 23.

Ellie Williamson with QLD Origin coach Tahnee Norris after being announced as Player of the Tournament. Photo: NRL

“It’s just been a great week spending time with all the girls and learning about each other and bonding,” Williamson told NRL.com.

“To be able to play Origin would be amazing, I hope I can make it. It would be an exciting opportunity.

“Hopefully I can play in it and then aim for an NRLW contract in the near future.

“That’s what I like about this tournament, to watch all the girls be able to show what they can do.”

Earlier, play was stopped for almost a half an hour due to a serious ankle injury to NSW City interchange player Sienna Williams, who was taken from the ground via ambulance.

A try to Williamson in the first half set up a six-point lead before a 20-metre cut-out pass from Chantay Ratu sent Tahlia Marshall over late to seal the result.

NSW City hit back through Rueben Cherrington with seconds left on the clock but the Rubys held their nerve with a last-second defensive play handing them the win.

Wynnum Manly Seagulls players in the Queensland Rubys team included Ellie Williamson (Player of the Tournament), Emma Barnes, Helen Uitualagi, Felila Kia, as well as injured squad members Jacinta Carter and Jayde Herdegen (all pictured above).

The U19 State of Origin team will be named shortly with our Seagulls girls in the Queensland Rubys team in a great position to be selected.

Seagulls Announce 2022 Sportsman’s Dinner

The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls are excited to announce the 2022 Sportsman’s Dinner on Tuesday August 9 (Ekka Public Holiday Eve) at the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club.

This is the premier event on our calendar and all funds raised on the night will go towards the Seagulls Foundation which supports: junior development, infrastructure improvements and player welfare.

Hosted by Pat Welsh, the main guest for the evening is Supercoach Wayne Bennett, with more talent to be revealed soon!

A table for this event will cost $1650 which includes:

  • 10 x seats at the event
  • 3 course dinner
  • 4 hour beverage package (beers, wines and soft drink)
  • Recognition on the night (if purchased through a business) – business logo included in the event program / website as an ‘Event Sponsor’
  • Fantastic entertainment and corporate engagement
  • The opportunity to be involved in live and silent auctions (bidding from your phone)

Individual tickets can also be purchased for $175 per person.

This event will draw a huge crowd as it does each year.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please head to the link here: https://localtickets.com.au/event/2022-sportsmans-dinner-the-premier-event-on-the-seagulls-calendar-16035

 

Thank you again for your support of the Seagulls and we hope to see you at our biggest event this year!