Previous Club(s): St. George Illawarra Dragons, Queensland Reds, Brisbane Broncos
Bio: Lachlan Maranta brings elite experience to the Seagulls in 2020. A versatile player across multiple positions, expect to see Maranta bring his ball playing ability to the Seagulls backline next season.
There is no doubt Redcliffe will also have marked this game, and the Round 7 match at Dolphin Stadium, as key matches for their 2020 Intrust Super Cup Season. Having been premiers in 2018, the Dolphins will be looking to surge up the table from their 7th place finish in 2019.
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Redcliffe Dolphins
Sunday, 12 July
BMD Kougari Oval, Wynnum
As always this match will be ‘Old Boys Day’ for the Seagulls and there are sure to be many of the club’s greats on hand to give Wynnum a lift when they need it.
Seagulls CEO, Hanan Laban said “there have been many epic matches between these two clubs and I am sure that the Gulls will be up for this one – the new-look Chook Pen is sure to be rocking!”
Wynnum-Manly pulled off perhaps their greatest form reversal in their short history, when they defeated Valleys 29-21 at Oxenham Park. Five-eighth Bobby Cook and centre Keith Brown, with three tries between them, tore the Diehards defence to shreds in an amazing second half recovery, after trailing 21-6 at the break.
Wynnum-Manly’s barnstorming second-rower Marshall Barnfield turned in another superb performance with big crashing runs and gibraltar-like tackling, with brilliant support play leading to his two tries. His near-faultless effort saw him gain a spot in Brisbane’s Bulimba Cup side for the upcoming match against Toowoomba. Birks also chimed in with a handy try and four goals.
Valleys appeared to have the match sewn up at half time, with forward Darby Soper and centres Dick Davies and Mick Mulgrew playing outstanding football and running through the baysiders defence at will, also scoring four of the Diehards five tries. However, after the resumption, the men in royal blue were unable to control the ball, and continually handed over possession within their own half.
Brisbane lock Brian O’Connor played a simply outstanding match at Lang Park, to lead his Brothers side to a comprehensive 26-14 win against Wynnum-Manly. O’Connor was in everything, attack and defence, and thoroughly deserved his fine solo try for his efforts. He also made the break and set up one for Jim Gallagher, as well as making two certain try-saving tackles.
The Brethren attacked the baysiders hard from the start of the match, and dominating all aspects of the first stanza, had established a match-winning 15-nil lead by the break. although Wynnum-Manly came back somewhat in the second half, Brothers were never really troubled for the win.
Wynnum-Manly halfback Green and five-eighth Cook were as penetrating as ever, and both crossed for tries in the second period. Again it was Marshall Barnfield and Theo Fouras who stood out in the baysiders forwards.
Brothers forward Herbert also played well and scored a solid first half try, while pivot Vince Hoare and centre Morrie Lyons both proved to be match winners.