Seagulls Women Go Down in Grand Final

The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls fell short at the final hurdle on Saturday in the BMD Premiership Grand Final.

In a gallant season, our women’s team fought back from losing the first two games to make the semi finals. They then went on to beat the undefeated Souths Logan Magpies in a thrilling game, and made their way into the grand final against the Burleigh Bears.

The stage was set for mammoth clash between the powerhouse Bears, and the Seagulls, who were in form and filled with talented players.

Burleigh broke out to an early lead, and then scored again out wide to move to 10-0. A sideline conversion pushed the lead to 12-0.

We were unlucky to lose Australian superstar Julia Robinson in the 17th minute to a hamstring injury, and have Kim Hunt denied a try for a double movement.

Kimmy got another chance just before half time and scored to lead us into the break down 12-6.

Wynnum Manly showed glimpses of how good they can be, but were a bit slow out of the blocks. The lively Seagulls supporters knew the girls were a great chance if they could start well in the second half.

Coach Ron Troutman must have spoke well at halftime, because our Seagulls were a much improved team to start the second half.

Kim Hunt was playing her best game of the season, and had a great run down the sideline, before scoring in the corner a few sets later.

The game was poised at 12-10 to Burleigh with the Seagulls coming home strongly. Our girls were looking better with each minute.

However, Burleigh were able to score from a Seagulls error twice in quick succession to seal the game late.

Our Seagulls continued to fight to the end, with many ending up with heavy knocks and injuries. But there was no one at the ground who could say the Seagulls didn’t give it everything they had.

The final score was 24-10 to Burleigh.

Our team had the goal of going one step better than last year, which they achieved by making the grand final. However, this loss will fuel the fire to go another step better in 2024.

Overall, it was a successful season for the Seagulls with multiple girls signing new NRLW contracts, and current NRLW superstars wanting to call Wynnum Manly home for the BMD Premiership season.

Our girls will be back bigger and better next season!