Seagulls vs Devils Match Report

The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls travelled to Bishop Park on Sunday for Round 13 of the Hostplus Cup.

This was the first time the Seagulls had faced Norths Devils since the 2021 grand final, where the Devils got home in a close game.

The recent rain resulted in a field that was soft under foot through the middle, and muddy around the edges.

The two Broncos affiliates ran onto Bishop Park and stood shoulder to shoulder to commemorate BMD Indigenous Round in Round 13.

With 5 Broncos turning out for Norths and 3 for the Seagulls, the Nundah crowd were looking forward to this clash with plenty of talent on display.

Deine Mariner scores under the posts

An early try to Max Plath put the visitors on the front foot as they sliced through the Devils defence at their first attempt.

Max Elliot then bulldozed his way over from dummy half in the 13th minute to extend the Seagulls lead. Max Plath converted to make the score 10-0.

The Seagulls were in again 5 minutes later when Tristan Hope snuck over from dummy half too. Another Plath conversion saw the score at 16-0 after 20 minutes.

The game mellowed after the opening 20 minutes with both sides repelling opposition attacks.

Norths squandered 3 potential tries due to forward passes on their right edge as they couldn’t capitalize on the overlaps they had created.

The Seagulls went in again just before the break as Deine Mariner scooped up a grubber kick with one hand and beat the full back to score under the posts.

Tyson Gamble was sent to the sin bin as a result and the Gulls were firmly on top.

The Seagulls went to the break leading 22-0.

Normal programming resumed after half time with Bailey Hartwig scoring in the 49th minute.

Liam Horne and Brayden McGrady both scored for the Devils in quick succession to bring the score back to 26-10 with 17 minutes left.

Brayden McGrady scored again in the 75th minute to give the Devils a glimmer of hope.

However, a late penalty to the Seagulls saw Hartwig convert in front of the posts to seal a 28-14 win.

The Seagulls next face the PNG Hunters at BMD Kougari Oval on Saturday 9 July as they look to continue their recent momentum.