By Kenny Andres
The Wynnum Manly Seagulls set the goal at the start of the season to turn BMD Kougari Oval back into a fortress. They are hoping that a famous suburban rivalry will be the spark they need to get that plan back on course.
This weekend the Seagulls take on cross town rivals, the Easts Tigers in an encounter that both are hoping will serve as the spring board to a prosperous second half of the season.
“If you can’t get up for Easts at home, there’s no game you’ll ever get up for,” said Seagulls fullback Patrick Templeman.
“They [Easts] are in the same boat as us at the moment.
“They’ll be just as desperate for a win.”
Recent records give the Seagulls a slight edge, with Wynnum Manly dominating in their last official clash in Round 21 last season, before then claiming the Charity Shield in the pre season. An added bonus is that both of these games took place at BMD Kougari Oval.
“Hopefully all the fans can get out and get behind us.
“It’s no more disappointing to anyone than to us [regarding recent home performances], and we really want to rectify that this weekend.”