Team List Tuesday: Preliminary Final at Suncorp

It’s a Footy Finals Flockbuster this Sunday, with Wynnum Manly taking on the Tweed Seagulls at Suncorp Stadium.

The clubs will face off in the first Intrust Super Cup Preliminary Final, as a curtain raiser to the NRL Grand Final. Both clubs are vying for a spot in the ISC Grand Final next weekend and the chance to be crowned Premiers.

Head Coach Adam Brideson has named his squad for the clash, with only one change to the starting lineup as Jack Campagnolo returns to the side and Jayden Berrell moves back to Hooker.

The Preliminary Final will kick off at 12.15pm at Suncorp, with all NRL Grand Final ticket holders able to enter the stadium early to watch the game. The match will also be broadcast live on free to air television on Nine.

Check out the full team list below:

  1. Selwyn Cobbo
  2. David Mead
  3. Delouise Hoeter
  4. Jesse Arthars
  5. Richie Kennar
  6. Jack Campagnolo
  7. Sam Scarlett
  8. Aaron Rockley
  9. Jayden Berrell
  10. Max Elliott
  11. Zeb Taia
  12. TC Robati
  13. Luke Bateman

    Interchange
  14. Kalolo Saitaua
  15. Matiu Love-Henry
  16. Tristan Hope
  17. Francis Kalisaolaite-Tualau

    Reserves
  18. Ed Burns
  19. Issac Luke

 

Colts move on after second half comeback

The Seagulls turned in an impressive second half performance against the Mackay Cutters on the weekend, to advance to the Preliminary Final and Week 3 of the Hastings Deering Colts Finals series.

The game took place at Tugun on Saturday, a neutral ground, with both clubs fighting to continue their premiership campaign. The Seagulls opened the scoring, with an early try to Malachi Retchford, but found themselves trailing 18-14 at half time.

Max Plath had the Seagulls only other try in the first period, with Braden Whittaker continuing his fine form with the boot going 2 from 2 alongside a penalty. A small lead was erased in the second twenty minutes of the game, with the Cutters bouncing back and scoring two unanswered tries.

Despite the half time deficit, the Gulls came out firing in the second half and quickly swung momentum in their favour. Seagulls Colts Head Coach Michael Dobson said that the boys knew they had the ability to win the game and score points, if they went back to basics and played their own brand of footy.

A strong preparation leading in to the game kept the team’s confidence high, despite coming off a loss in Week 1 to the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

Defensive intensity allowed the Colts to slow down the Cutters point scoring in the second half and win the game off the back of their own impressive attack. The Colt’s 2021 season included an impressive for and against thanks to dominant attack and stifling defence, in a show of strength for the McDonald’s Seagulls Academy Program.

Tries to Harrison Graham, Grand Hagai and Ben Farr helped build a moderate lead in the opening phase after half time. Malachi Retchford claimed his second try with 9 minutes to play before a Plath field goal put the result beyond doubt.

The Seagulls finished a strong second half winning the game 39-28.

The Colts will take on the Redcliffe Dolphins at Moreton Daily Stadium on Saturday evening, with a spot in the Grand Final up for grabs. Tickets are still available to head to Redcliffe and support the club as we look to qualify for the final two Grand Finals of the QRL season.

 

Seagulls recognised at Queensland Rugby League Awards

Seagulls players across both the Intrust Super Cup and Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup were recognised by their peers and coaches at last week’s Queensland Rugby League Awards.

The annual event, held at Brisbane City Hall, showcases the best players across the QRL’s major competitions and recognises the phenomenal work of club volunteers and community programs throughout the year.

Five different Wynnum Manly players received awards on the night, with the Seagulls also taking home the Club Championship for the strongest performance across all statewide competitions.

Seagulls Hooker Jayden Berrell was awarded the Petero Civoniceva Medal for the best player in the Intrust Super Cup, as well as being recognised as the form #9 in the ISC Team of the Year. Teammates Luke Bateman (best Lock) and Jack Campagnolo (best Five-Eighth) also received Team of the Year awards

In the Under 18s, Seagulls Academy rising stars Shaun Packer and Blake Moore were joint winners of the Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup Player of the Year award.

A full recap of the awards given out can be found on the QRL website: https://www.qrl.com.au/news/2021/09/24/honours-for-berrell-and-teitzel-at-qrl-awards/

Seagulls players comprised three of the eight total Team of the Year positions, more than any other individual club. The honours are a testament to all Seagulls players and the balance within the entire playing group, who have all who have contributed to an outstanding season to date across the club’s programs.

70 Years of Club History Celebrated in Style

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On Friday September 17, the Club celebrated 70 years of history at our annual Sportsman’s Luncheon. Hosted by Chris Bombolas, the event was an opportunity to hear from two panels of club legends; Seagulls who represented Queensland at State of Origin and club Icons from the across the decades.

Guest speakers from the first panel included Gene Miles, Paul Green, Chris McKenna and Craig Greenhill. Rugby League Journalist Steve Ricketts dove deep into the archives to encourage these Origin stars to recount their journey in footy. Some infamous moments were discussed, alongside some lesser known stories, giving attendees an intimate understanding of what it meant to play rugby league for Queensland.

Later in the afternoon, guests in attendance were treated to more special memories from some of the most popular and famous names in Wynnum Manly rugby league history. Luke Dalziel-Don, Graham Curtis, Ken Churchill and Earl Morgan were also joined on stage by Ned Green.

A captive audience heard these legends share how proud they were to represent the local community and run out for the Seagulls every week.

In addition to learning about club culture, international tours and what it means to play for the Gulls, the event also raised important funds for the Seagulls Foundation. The Foundation directly supports the development and welfare of local athletes and provides invaluable resources to the club on and off the field. Players from the Seagulls Academy program were in attendance at the luncheon to greet guests and pass on their thanks for the additional support.

A host of auction items and raffle prizes were given away on the day, including a travel adventure to the Whitsundays, Broncos Inner Sanctum experiences and rare sporting memorabilia. Every guest and partner who contributed to the fundraising on the day has made a meaningful contribution to the ongoing development of the club.

The club would also like to make a special thank you to the guests in the room who participated in a captivating live auction and contributed significant funds to the Foundation, including Barton’s Motor Group, TFH Hire Services, Lipke Motors and a few of our club legends.

Seagulls advance to NRL Grand Final at Suncorp!

After Sunday’s win against the Burleigh Bears, the Seagulls officially became the first team to qualify to play at Suncorp Stadium for this year’s NRL Grand Final… playing in the first Intrust Super Cup Preliminary Final as a curtain raiser to the main game.

The Club’s opponent for the game is still to be decided, with the winner of Redcliffe and Tweed’s clash this weekend set to advance.

The Seagulls are still awaiting details about opportunities for Seagulls fans to purchase tickets to come along and support the club on the day. It will be one of the biggest games for the club in the last two years, with the winner earning their place in this year’s Cup Grand Final.

Stay tuned across Seagulls social media and website over the coming days. We hope to have an announcement about tickets towards the end of the week!

Any Rugby league fans already attending this year’s NRL grand final are encouraged to turn up early and make sure they don’t miss any Seagulls action, with two exciting Intrust Super Cup preliminary finals to be played in the lead-up to the decider.

Seagulls set to reignite Bears Finals Rivalry

The Seagulls are kicking off their 2021 Intrust Super Cup Finals Campaign today against the Burleigh Bears. It’s destined to be an intense matchup, with 2nd and 3rd on this year’s Cup ladder going head to head in week one of the Finals.

But this particular game means more to both clubs, with plenty of recent big game history between the two teams.

Week 1 of the Finals in 2019 was almost a carbon copy of this weekend’s clash, with the Gulls hosting the Bears at home at BMD Kougari Oval.

It finished six tries a piece, but the Bears were too good with the boot and held on to win 34-32 despite a late Seagulls flourish. 7 Seagulls players from that game will play against the Bears again this weekend.

The club would go on to beat Redcliffe in Wynnum in Week 2, then the Blackhawks in Townsville, to qualify for the Grand Final and a second crack at the Bears.

Sunday’s game will be a rematch of the 2019 Grand Final teams, which saw the Bears win the Intrust Super Cup premiership in an impressive display. Burleigh were too good for the Seagulls on the day, winning 28-10 with five tries and an impressive performance from current Gold Coast Titans star Jamal Fogarty.

The rivalry continued in 2020, with the clubs facing off in the first round of the season before Covid caused the eventual cancellation of the season. The Bears had carried over their form from 2019 and were convincing victors in Round 1.

The two teams have only played each other once in 2021. Earlier this season, the Gulls took on the Bears in Chinchilla as part of the QRL’s Country Round. The Bears took that win as well, holding off a late Seagulls comeback to finish 26-20.

With a spot in the Preliminary Finals at Suncorp Stadium on the line, this game will be sure to reignite a fierce finals rivalry between the two clubs.

Head down to BMD Kougari Oval today to watch the Hastings Deering Colts (who won the minor premiership) take on the Falcons at 11am, before the Cup game at 1.10pm. If you can’t make it down in person, you can watch the game via Kayo Freebies or on the QRL website: https://www.qrl.com.au/news/2021/09/14/wynnum-manly-seagulls-v-burleigh-bears/