Weekend Wrap

Weekend Wrap brought to you by George Hartnett Metropolitan Funerals. 

All six Seagulls teams were on show on Saturday across two venues.

Our McDonalds Seagulls Academy teams hosted the Burleigh Bears at BMD Kougari Oval in Round 3. While our Hostplus Cup and BMD Premiership teams travelled to Toowoomba to take on the Western Clydesdales in their final trial matches before Round 1.

Cyril Connell Cup boys were up first, with our Seagulls looking to extend their unbeaten start to the season. It wasn’t to be as Burleigh got the win 26-18.

Mal Meninga Cup was up next, and Burleigh proved too strong as they went on to win 36-18.

Harvey Norman U17 girls were the third game as the Seagulls looked to get their first win of the day. Unfortunately Burleigh were too strong again, and won 20-14.

The final match of the day at BMD Kougari Oval was the Harvey Norman U19 girls, as the rain that had threatened all day started to fall. The game was 0-0 at halftime, with Burleigh eventually finishing stronger to win 18-4.

Over in Toowoomba, our BMD Premiership women kicked off against the Western Clydesdales in their second trial of 2024. Strong performances from Emma Barnes, Jayde Herdegen and Indee Brown led the way to a Seagulls victory, 16-14.

Our Hostplus Cup team then kicked off their second trial match this season, following their game against the Brisbane Broncos two weeks ago. The Seagulls ran away 46-6 victors, showing a lot of positive signs heading into Round 1 on March 9 in Papua New Guinea.

A special mention to five of our Hostplus Cup squad who were selected by the Broncos to play in their trial match down in Manly. Kurt Falls, Cooper Page Wilson, Josh Stuckey, Kalolo Saitaua and Sione Hopoate all worn the maroon and white, instead of the red and green, as they comfortably beat the Manly Sea Eagles to help the Broncos win the 2024 Pre-Season Challenge.

This Saturday, the Gulls are back in action as we head down the highway to face Souths Logan Magpies across 5 games.

Details below:
1pm – Harvey Norman U17
2:30pm – Cyril Connell Cup
4pm – Harvey Norman U19
5:30pm – Mal Meninga Cup
7pm – BMD Premiership




McDonalds Seagulls Academy Teams’ Rd2 at Norths

All 4 McDonalds Seagulls Academy teams headed to Bishop Park on Sunday afternoon to take on Norths Devils in Round 2 of the junior rep competitions.

The Cyril Connell Cup and Harvey Norman U17s played at 1:10pm, across two fields, before the Mal Meninga Cup and Harvey Norman U19s kicked off at 2:30pm.

Our Cyril Connell Cup team made it two from two (22-18) in a tight match, while our Harvey Norman U17s went down 32-26 in an exciting finish.

Up next, our Mal Meninga Cup team came home strong, but it just wasn’t enough as they lost 24-22 in a close game.

Our Harvey Norman U19s rounded out the day with a comfortable 28-6 victory, to get their season back on track.

Round 3 is back at BMD Kougari Oval against the Burleigh Bears this Saturday, with the following timings:
10:30am – Gates Open
10:50am – Cyril Connell Cup
12:10pm – Mal Meninga Cup
1:40pm – HN U17s
3:00pm – HN U19s

Seagulls Take Fight To Broncos

Match report brought to you by George Hartnett Metropolitan Funerals 

BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls welcomes the Brisbane Broncos to BMD Kougari Oval on Saturday for our annual trial match.

A capacity crowd of 5000 people rolled through the gates to support the Seagulls in our first hitout for 2024, and to see the next crop of Broncos superstars take the field.

The weather couldn’t deter any supporters as the ground filled up during our junior curtain-raiser games.

Earlier in the day, Round 1 kicked off for our McDonalds Seagulls Academy teams, as our Harvey Norman U17 and U19 Women, Cyril Connell Cup and Mal Meninga Cup teams took to the field against Tweed Seagulls.

Come 4pm, you’d have a better chance of winning the lotto than finding a spare seat inside Kougari.

The Seagulls started the better of the two teams to shoot out to a 10-0 lead and shock the Broncos. Wingers Jon Reuben and Sione Hopoate both crossed the line for the Gulls.

Playing 3 x 25 minute thirds for this trial match, the Seagulls went to the first break in front after dominating field position in the opening stanza.

Wynnum Manly kept up with the speed of the Broncos game throughout the second period. However, the injection of Sailor and Willison in particular, saw the Broncos fight back to be down 10-8 at the second break.

Josh Stuckey scored for the Seagulls in front of the mighty Chook Pen to extend our lead to 16-8 with 18 minutes remaining.

Tristan Sailor then showed his class to have a hand in three late tries for the Broncos, as the visitors ran away to win 26-16.

Brisbane Broncos 26 (Tries: Trew, Karapani, Quai-Ward, Toia, Sailor. Goals:  Black 3) defeated Wynnum Manly Seagulls 16 (Tries: Reuben, Hopoate, Stuckey. Goals: Donovan 2) at BMD Kougari Oval. First Break: 10-0 Wynnum;  Second Break: 10-8 Wynnum. Final score 26-16 Broncos. Crowd: 5,000

Seagulls Seeking New Board Member

Board Appointment Independent Director

The Wynnum Manly Seagulls are a Rugby League Football club based at Kougari Oval, in Brisbane’s bayside suburb of Manly West, which neighbours the suburb of Wynnum. Our catchment and presence extend to the surrounding regions of Redlands and Beenleigh; and is complimented by a formal association with the Queensland Rugby League and the Brisbane Broncos National Rugby League Football Club. We have a comprehensive; professional and high-profile football program competing at all levels including the top level QRL Host Plus Cup for men and the BMD Premiership for women.

Wynnum Manly Seagulls Rugby League Football Club (Wynnum Manly Seagulls) is seeking a Non-Executive Independent Director to join our Board. You must be an independent thinker, contributing constructively to our Board’s decision-making process and adding value to the board through your independence and experience. This role is initially for a two-year term, with extensions up to a maximum of 6 years.

The Role
The successful candidate will ideally have financial; legal; or marketing expertise – or other relevant skills that will complement the current board. As a member of the Board, you may also serve on committees and participate in key decision-making processes, without being involved in the day-to-day running of the football club operations. As an independent thinker, you’ll bring respectful and confident expression of views, contributing constructively to our Board’s decision-making process.

You must be able to assist the current Board and leadership team to successfully fulfil the objectives of our strategic plans. Previous experience with Sporting and/or Community based Not for Profit organisations would be highly regarded.

Qualifications, skills, and experiences
The ideal candidate will have previous board or senior leadership team level experience. You must be able to work in a collaborative environment that is committed to ensuring the ongoing success of Wynnum Manly Seagulls both on the sporting field and with our brand presence in the broader community.

Ideal attributes our Independent Director may include (but not limited to):

  • Experience and demonstrated performance as a Board or Senior Leadership Team member of an organisation, or as a private business owner.
  • Understanding and application of risk; governance; diversity and inclusion principals associated with a high-profile community based or sporting organisation.
  • Marketing and / or financial acumen.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent analytical and research skills.
  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Able to obtain and maintain an ASIC Director Identification Number
  • Participation in the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.
  • Abide by and endorse Wynnum Manly Seagulls organisational values of Greatness, United, Leadership, Loyalty, Selfless.

Please include all relevant skills and experience that you feel adequately demonstrates your suitability to contribute to the Board.

Meeting Commitments and Remuneration
The Wynnum Manly Seagulls Board convenes monthly and Board members may also serve on sub-committees as needed. The position is voluntary and as such no remuneration is applicable.

Please forward all enquiries to CEO Wayne Weekes (Wayne.Weekes@wynnumseagulls.com.au)



Trial Matches Continue This Saturday

The Seagulls will have 5 teams competing in trial matches this weekend with Round 1 right around the corner.

Our BMD Premiership, Mal Meninga Cup, Cyril Connell Cup, Harvey Norman Women U19 and Harvey Norman Women U17 will all be on the field against Norths.

Our junior affiliate club, Redlands, will host all matches on Saturday afternoon. (226 Cleveland Redland Bay Rd)

This will be the second trial for our McDonalds Seagulls Academy juniors, and the first time our grand-finalist-BMD Premiership team will take the field in 2024.

Game schedule:
1:30pm – U17 Women
2:50pm – Cyril Connell Cup
4:10pm – U19 Women
5:30pm – Mal Meninga Cup
7pm – BMD Premiership

Round 1 for our junior teams will take place the following Saturday before our Hostplus Cup team take on the Brisbane Broncos at BMD Kougari Oval.

Broncos Return to BMD Kougari Oval in 2024

The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls will once again welcome the Brisbane Broncos to BMD Kougari Oval to kickstart our respective 2024 seasons with a trial match.

On Saturday 10 February 2024, a capacity crowd will again roll through the gates at Wynnum Manly for a first look at the Seagulls squad for the season ahead, and to watch future NRL players on display for the Broncos.

As in previous years, we will have new merchandise, food vans and activations, and celebrate our community with the help of our Principal Partner BMD.

Kick off is scheduled for 4pm, with some McDonalds Seagulls Academy games to be played before the main contest.

Tickets are on sale now and will be $15 for adults, $10 for Seagulls and Broncos members, and free for kids 15 years and under.

We recommend purchasing your tickets early as this event will sell out. You can purchase tickets here.


Seagulls Golf Day + Season Launch

The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls are excited to launch our 2024 season with a bit of a twist!

On Friday 16 February 2024, we will host a charity golf day at Nudgee Golf Club, followed by our Season Launch event inside the clubhouse. All funds raised on the day will go towards the Seagulls Foundation, which supports our development of younger players, infrastructure improvements at BMD Kougari Oval, and player welfare.

We’re taking a step away from the norm in combining the two events, and we’d love you to be a part of it!

Registration is $800 for a team of 4 players.

The price will include the following:
– Lunch before golf
– 18 holes on Nudgee’s Championship course with a golf cart
– Drinks on course
– Opportunities to network and win great prizes
– Seagulls Season Launch event with food and bar tab

Registration will be open from 11am on the day. We’re on course from 12-5pm. And then our Season Launch will kickoff at 6pm.

You are welcome to head off after golf, but if you’d like to stay to help us launch the 2024 Seagulls season, we’ll happily have you!

Numbers are capped, so be quick! If you need any more information, please get in touch at tcosgrove@wynnumseagulls.com.au

Women In Sport Lunch A Success

Thursday saw the Seagulls Women In Sport Lunch take place at the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club, proudly presented by Joan Pease MP.

A good crowd gathered to support both female athletes and women working in sport, as everyone from eager to hear from our special guests.

Our attendees were lucky enough to hear from NRL Comissioner Kate Jones, Ex-Matilda Elissia Carnavas, Head of Broncos Women’s Program Paul Dyer, NRLW Player Romi Teitzel and Seagulls BMD Premiership Head Coach Ron Troutman, as well as QRL Lead Content Producer Jorja Brinums who was our host.

Our panels discussed the importance of continuing to enhance women’s sport and to maintain the momentum of the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup and NRLW seasons, as well as just how big the Olympics will be for South East QLD and the development of sport in the state.

We’d like to thank our special guests and everyone who attended the lunch last week.

We’re looking forward to the addition of an U17 Women’s team in 2024, which will bring the Seagulls team’s to an even split for the first time with 3 Men’s and 3 Women’s teams.

Given the recent immediate success within our Women’s program, we’re expecting some great results in 2024.


Women In Sport Lunch

The excitement is building for our 2023 Women in Sport Lunch, proudly presented by Joan Pease MP.

On Thursday 2 November at the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club, guests will come together to celebrate women both playing and working in sport.

Hosted by Jorja Brinums, QLD Rugby League’s Lead Content Producer, special guests for the lunch include NRL Commissioner Kate Jones, Head of the Brisbane Broncos Women’s Program Paul Dyer, as well as some of our very own Seagulls Women.

After the success of last year’s event, we are eager continue our momentum and shine the spotlight on Women’s sport in Australia, with a bit of a Seagulls twist.

Tickets can be purchased at the link below and include lunch and some prize giveaways. We’d love to see you there!

Get your tickets here!

Seagulls Presentation Gala

The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls held our Presentation Gala on Friday night to conclude our 2023 season.

Players, coaches, staff, sponsors and guests arrived at the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club, eager to see the winner of numerous Seagulls awards, in particular the Hostplus Cup and BMD Premiership Player of Year.

A few special awards were announced on the night, including Daryl Short being awarded the Mitch Cronin Medal as the Club Person of the Year. In 2023, ‘Shorty’ coached our Hastings Deering Colts to the Top 8, managed the football operations and player welfare at the club, and was also the groundsman at BMD Kougari Oval. Safe to say he’s a valued member of the Seagulls community and the club would struggle to run without his input.

Josh Rogers was recognised for setting a single-season points record (241) for the Seagulls, and Matt Milson won the Anthony ‘Chook’ Schweitzer Memorial Trophy as the supporter’s best player of the season. Our Volunteer of the Year was announced as Jason Salisbury who was stationed in the Chook Pen this season. Our supporters have Jason to thank for their smooth experience at the Chook Pen bar during 2023.

Matthew Milson won the Hostplus Cup Player of the Year after returning to the club he played 4 games for across the 2018-19 seasons. Milson had 12 tries, 11 try assists, 11 linebreaks, and ran for 3,313m, while playing in all 23 Hostplus Cup game this season. He was electric at fullback, reliable under the high ball, and heavily involved in the Seagulls attack as his impressive stats show.

Julia Robinson won the BMD Premiership Player of the Year after a fantastic debut season at the Seagulls. Robinson played 8 games and scored 2 tries, had 2 try assists, 6 linebreaks, made 70 tackles and ran for nearly 1000m across the season.

Full list of Seagulls award winners:
Hostplus Cup Player of the Year (Presented by Wynnum Manly Leagues Club) – Matt Milson
Hostplus Cup Players’ Players (Presented by BMD) – Ollie Pascoe

Mitch Cronin Medal (Club Person of the Year) – Daryl Short

BMD Premiership Player of the Year (Presented by Joan Pease MP) – Julia Robinson
BMD Premiership Players’ Player (Presented by BMD) – Jayda Lofipo

Hastings Deering Colts Player of the Year – John Radel
Hastings Deering Colts Players’ Player – John Radel

Most Diligent Player (Presented by Wynnum Manly Old Boys) – Cooper Page-Wilson
Arch Geary Shield (Volunteer of the Year) – Jason Salisbury
Anthony Schweitzer Memorial Trophy (Supporter’s Award – Presented by Sean Oliver) – Matt Milson
Single Season Points Record – Josh Rogers (241 points)

Trevor Niebling Shield (Best Junior to Senior)
Male – Blake Anders
Female – Destiny Mino-Sinapati

Cyril Connell Challenge U16s Player of the Year – Chaev Kolone
Cyril Connell Challenge U16s Players’ Player – Tyler Pereira
Mal Meninga Cup U18s Player of the Year – Kylem Vunipola
Mal Meninga Cup U18s Players’ Player – Beni Allen
Harvey Norman Women U19s Player of the Year – Destiny Mino-Sinapati
Harvey Norman Women U19s Players’ Player – Sienna Lofipo