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Wynnum Manly coaching statement


The Wynnum Manly Seagulls Rugby League Football Club have today announced Jon Buchanan’s contract as the club’s Head Coach will not be renewed at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

The decision was made following a restructure of the role, and both the coach and the club agreed to part ways at the conclusion of Mr Buchanan’s current contract.

Mr Buchanan has been the head coach of the Seagulls since 2013 and in that time has taken the Intrust Super Cup team to consecutive finals series and secured back-to-back Club Championships in 2014 and 2015.

In 2014, Mr Buchanan was the Intrust Super Cup Coach of the Year and during his tenure has seen the likes of Jake Granville and Mitchell Frei progress to the NRL.

The Chief Executive Officer of Wynnum Manly Seagulls Hanan Laban said Mr Buchanan had been a popular member of the Seagulls.

“Jon lives and breathes the values which we hold dear at Wynnum Manly,” Mr Laban said. “He genuinely cares about our players and the club.

“Jon is very well-liked and well-respected by everyone at Wynnum Manly. I wish him all the best in his future endeavours, where I know he will achieve further success.”

Ladbrokes Ladies Day

Gala race day invite


Wynnum Manly Seagulls presents Ladbrokes Ladies Day. Come join us for a day of fun where you can experience the thrill of a day at the races - right here in Wynnum! 

The theme is 'Ladies Day' and will include complimentary champagne on arrival, prizes for fashion, a ladies hamper bag and much more for the ladies! 

There will be plenty of raffles, Auctions and Racing calls for those who the men who love a punt.

So invite all your friends along for a wonderful day out!

Cost is $95 a ticket or $900 for a table of 10 
Package includes:
- Food & Beverage Package 12:30pm to 4:00pm
- Fashion Parade 
- Monster Raffles
- Not to be missed Auctions
- Punters Club 
- Live music from 5:00pm to 7:00pm 

MCs Mark Forbes & Cameron Partington

For tickets and more information please contact Kaitlyn O'Leary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07 3393 3482

Facebook Event - Ladbrokes Ladies Day 


New CEO of Wynnum Manly Seagulls


The Wynnum Manly Seagulls Rugby League Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Hanan Laban as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Laban, a former player and coach with the Seagulls, will begin his role in the new year to prepare for the 2016 Intrust Super Cup season.

The Chairman of Wynnum Manly Seagulls, Scott Thornton, said the club was excited about Laban’s appointment, and the skills he brings to the position to help carry the club into a new era.

“We were very pleased to have such a high number of very well-credentialed and high-quality candidates apply for the position, and we were even more pleased that Hanan emerged to be the best choice as our new Chief Executive,” Thornton said.

“Hanan has a wonderful and genuine passion for the club, and a long association with the Seagulls and rugby league in general over many years and in many varied roles.

“The Board was impressed with Hanan’s vision for the club’s future, his strategic direction, his emphasis on respecting this club’s proud history and his innovative thinking to maintain Wynnum Manly’s culture of success.

“Hanan is a young, dynamic administrator who is best equipped to guide the Seagulls through the rapidly changing rugby league landscape, and to further entrench our wonderful relationship with our sponsors and the community.”

Laban will join Wynnum Manly after five years in the institutional banking sector with Westpac, and brings considerable rugby league foundations to the position from his time as a player and official with Wynnum Manly and the Newcastle Knights.

“I have a passion for the club and its community, and I am incredibly excited at the opportunity to lead the Seagulls in the role of Chief Executive Officer,” Laban said.

“I believe strongly in the core values of the Wynnum Manly Seagulls, and I look forward to working alongside the Board, our sponsors and supporters to achieve our goal of making the club the best that it can be.”

Laban’s appointment is the first official duty of Thornton as Chairman of Wynnum Manly Seagulls RLFC. Thornton was elected club Chairman in November.

He has replaced Rick Green, who stepped down as Chairman after 10 years of distinguished service.

Wynnum's second half sinks Capras

ALEX BARR Action shot

By Kenny Andres - 

The green and red resurgence increased to five wins last night, with Wynnum continuing their winning ways against the CQ Capras, scoring 30 points or more for the fifth straight game.

With Greg Eden being called up to the Broncos, Daniel Ogden slipped back into his familiar number one jersey for his 50th game for Wynnum. This allowed long-time Wynnum A Grade winger Hayden Crowley to earn his Intrust Super Cup debut.

The Bayside breeze came in spades for the Saturday night clash, increasing the terror of the highball for all involved. Capras winger Jake Ainsworth was the first victim, spilling a Patrick Templeman bomb before the five-eighth re-gathered the scraps of his creation for a four-pointer.

Ainsworth would atone for his mistake minutes later, finishing off a perfect cut-out pass from halfback Matt Minto to take advantage of some over eager Seagull defence.

Minto would be at it again soon after.  Some side-to-side movement at midfield by the Capras eventually gave the halfback an opportunity to attack the Wynnum defensive line on the fifth-tackle. Minto would turn it back inside to his half-pairing in Maipele Morseau who would be wrangled up just metres short of the try line.

The middle period of the first half suggested Wynnum were on track to devastate the Rockhampton visitors, with the Seagulls slapping on three tries in quick succession including Crowley’s maiden four-pointer in the 19th minute, but Kim Williams’ boys finally clicked into gear with eight minutes to go in the first.

Minto would again direct his troops into attacking formation before fullback Reece Baker held off a pass long enough to send Ainsworth over for his second.

A penalty on the ensuing set would present another late opportunity for CQ, one they would capitalise on when Mark Johnstone set up big prop forward Gavin Hiscox under the black dot.

Following the rule of three, the six and seven would again combine on the buzzer, with Minto sending a grubbing kick behind the line for Morseau to chase-down and score the game-tying try to silence the Chook Pen.

The second half however, would not be painted with the same drama. Wynnum opened the scoring and did not look back, squashing the hope of another Kim Williams comeback at Kougari.

Ogden would get one try closer to the second all-time try-scoring spot after Tim Natusch delivered a halfback-esque ball to the fullback in the 47th minute.

Templeman continued to pile up the assists, this time with his hands, slipping into dummy half at the line before sneaking a pass to Mitchell Buckett, who would score again in the exact same spot 10 minutes later thanks to a tremendous ‘round-the-corner’ offload by Crowley.

The debutant winger would have his good play rewarded a few sets later on the back-end of an Ogden break, scoring a double on debut in the left hand corner.

The Capras woes were accumulated in the 71st minute when Matt Seamark picked off a pass off a scrum before disposing the ball to Mitch Cronin to finish for the Seagulls.

The visitors would hold their heads high after a consolation try in the closing minutes, Minto capping off an impressive night in a losing side with another try-assist via the boot when Samson Graham gathered his grubber and crashed over.

See the full scoring details and final team lists for this game at QRL Live

WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS 50 (Mitchell Buckett 2, Hayden Crowley 2, Patrick Templeman, Alex Barr, Peter Gubb, Daniel Ogden, Mitchell Cronin tries; Mathew Seamark 7 goals) def CQ CAPRAS 28 (Jake Ainsworth 2, Gavin Hiscox, Maipele Morseau, Samson Graham tries; Mark Johnstone 3, Matthew Minto goals) at BMD Kougari Oval.



Intrust Super Cup Draw 2016



Intrust Super Cup Draw 2016

An explosive opening two rounds of the 2016 Intrust Super Cup season will feature a highly-anticipated grand final re-match and two passionate coaches plotting against their former clubs for the first time.  

The paths of 2015 grand finalists the Ipswich Jets and Townsville Blackhawks cross early on, with the rivals facing off at the North Ipswich Reserve as part of the Jets’ Defence Force Appreciation initiative in Round 2.

Adding further spice to the second round is the prospect of former Easts coach Craig Ingebrigtsen bringing the Sunshine Coast Falcons to the Tigers’ den.

It’s another promoter’s dream in Round 1 on the weekend of March 5-6 when former Cutters premiership-winning coach Kim Williams returns to Mackay for the first time as coach of the Central Queensland Capras.

While the fierce rivalries will stoke the fire, there will be a much softer side to the Intrust Super Cup in 2016 with the QRL and its 14 clubs determined to further strengthen their community ties.

The community initiatives and themed rounds confirmed for 2016 include:

  •  Zaidee's Rainbow Foundation – March 5-6, Round 1: (The Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation aims to make organ and tissue donation awareness more prevalent in our community. Proceeds will be shared with the Ackerman Family Trust Fund)

  • ANZAC Round – April 23-24-25, Round 8: Match to include ANZAC Day blockbuster between Burleigh Bears and PNG Hunters.
  • Indigenous Appreciation Round – May 14-15, Round 10.
  • Men of League & NRL Foundation Round – July 16-17, Round 19.
  • Country Week – July 23-24, Round 20.
  • Women in League Round – August 6-7, Round 22.
  • Turn to Me Round – August 27-28, Round 25.
  • XXXX Rivalry Matches – to be held at various stages of season.

Channel 9 will again bring fans live Sunday afternoon television coverage over the course of the 25 rounds and finals series.

The competition’s showpiece match is scheduled to be played at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, September 25, with the winner progressing to the NRL State Championship match in Sydney the following weekend.

Queensland’s representative will be shooting for a third-consecutive win in the popular format following the recent success of the Northern Pride and Ipswich Jets.

QRL Competitions Manager Dave Maiden said this match provided another fantastic pathway opportunity for players.

“The Pride and Jets have represented Queensland and the Intrust Super Cup with distinction since the launch of this concept,” Maiden said.

“We look forward to watching the 2016 season as it unfolds and again getting the chance to throw our support behind one of our teams on NRL grand final day.”

All clubs will contest 23 regular season matches (two byes each) in their quest to qualify for the Intrust Super Cup top six.

Maiden said it was not feasible for all clubs to play each other twice as the season would then become too demanding on players, many of whom hold down full-time jobs.

“After consultation with our clubs, we have endeavoured to place a priority on local derbies to ensure the competition’s biggest rivals meet twice,” he said.

“This will help generate further excitement and will allow clubs to attract more fans through the gates.”




Wynnum win fourth in ‘Flockbuster’

V tweed by QRL Media

By QRL MEDIA - Orginal story here

The Wynnum Manly Seagulls have continued to turn around their turbulent start to the season, defeating Tweed Heads 30-16 at Piggabeen Sports Complex, making it four straight since opening with zero wins from six matches.

Coming off a 62-16 demolition of Mackay last week, Coach Jon Buchanan named an unchanged side for the first time since 2015.

“It hasn’t happened this year [unchanged list], so it’s pleasing” said Buchanan  before the clash.

“I honestly can’t remember the last time it happened, but it’s good to do it for the first time this year.”

Replacing hat-trick hero David Sheridan, back-line utility Shaun Carney was tested early by Wynnum, Daniel Ogden winning the aerial battle to claim a Patrick Templeman bomb in the  seventh minute to get the ball rolling for Wynnum.

Wynnum again looked dangerous a few sets later when fullback Greg Eden sent Ogden through a gap on a kick-return but it was Tweed who would notch the next try, lock-forward Sam Saville stepping off the right foot to answer for Tweed Heads.

The match would go through a stale period for much of the rest of the second half as a dour wrestle for control slogged out in centre field.

Tweed Heads, armed with a bigger pack in 2016, did not shirk the interior battle, contrasting past strategies to play laterally “out of necessity” as described by Tweed coach Aaron Zimmerle.

Eventually this lull was broken by Patrick Templeman who pounced on a fifth tackle handling error by Tweed before racing away 30m to record his  eighth try of the season.

Following a penalty deep in their own half, Tweed managed to string together a final-minute attack swoop in which winger Leva Li bolted down the left wing, but his failure to get the ball back inside to supporting centre Karl Lawton meant the score remained 14-6 going into the halftime break.

The start of the second half opened with Ogden finishing off a nice cut-out pass from Eden to extend the lead to 18-6 after Matt Seamark missed from out wide.

Eight minutes later Tweed were in attacking position again, the home side using the field position to return fire after Lawton offloaded a ball to fullback Shannon Walker who came back in field to serve up a try to Sam Irwin.

The next score came in the 61st minute when Mitch Cronin took flight for Wynnum, the attacking kicking game of Seamark returning to typical form.

Tweed looked a chance to bring this game to a grand-stand finish with a few late opportunities and a try to Michael Burgess, but Wynnum kept control, also adding a late try to Alex Barr in the 73rd minute.

Tweed Heads, who were also defending a run of victories, became the fourth notch on the belt for the boys from the Bayside, who hope to collect their second home victory at BMD Kougari Oval next week against the CQ Capras.

Head to QRL Live to see full scoring details and final team lists

WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS 30 (Daniel Ogden 2, Patrick Templeman, Mitchell Cronin, Alex Barr tries; Matthew Seamark 5 Goals) def TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 16 (Samuel Saville, Samuel Irwin, Michael Burgess tries; Samuel Meskell, Michael Burgess goals) at Piggabeen Sports Complex

Gulls bolster forward pack

Gulls bolster forward pack


AB and BM


The Wynnum Manly Seagulls have added more fire power to its forward pack with the signing of former Brisbane Broncos Under 20s players Alex Barr and Brendon McBryde.

Barr was a Queensland Under 20s representative in 2015 and will look to fill the large void left by departing edge back rower Mitchell Frei, who joins the Sydney Roosters for season 2016.

He potentially could get the chance to play with his younger brother Lachlan, a pivotal member of the Gulls’ FOGS Colts grand final run who is affiliated with Wynnum Manly through the Junior Broncos.

McBryde is coming off an unfortunate 2015 season that was limited by injury.

The hard working back rower will look to have a strong off-season and develop his play under the tutelage of Jon Buchanan.

In further good news, the Gulls have finalised deals with most of its core group of players including Ben Shea, Mathew Seamark, Mitchell Buckett and Tanu Wulf. Captain Tim Natusch has also decided to defer retirement to return for another year in the Red and Green.


By Hanan Laban

Picture: Steve Gibson 

Seagulls stun flat Pride

by Rhys O'Neill - The Cairns Post

Photo: Northern Pride 

IT took nine rounds for the Intrust Super Cup’s sleeping giant to wake, but just 80 minutes to put the Northern Pride out of their misery.

Wynnum yesterday served a reminder they are still around, smashing the hosts 34-6 at Barlow Park.

The visitors, armed with a larger forward back, manhandled the Pride, who most disappointingly had no answers.

Javid Bowen opened the scoring, but from there Wynnum, who entered with a 1-6 record, outgunned a side who will be concerned with the ease in which they were pinned down.

Halfback Brayden Torpy’s kicking game was reflective of that, as Wynnum fullback Greg Eden regularly started sets on his own 40m line.

The rest of the competition could now have a flat Pride performance to thank for lifting an ISC powerhouse back in to the finals picture.

“I didn’t see that coming at all,” coach Joe O’Callaghan said. “(Pride captain Ryan) Ghietti just made the comment that it looked like we played a game this morning and then came back for another one.

“That’s how little energy we showed.

“I told the boys all week that they are a quality side and don’t look at the ladder.

“They were a top-six side and they were playing against a bunch of guys waiting for something to happen.

“We definitely woke them up.”

O’Callaghan conceded the Pride “put the cue in the rack with 20 to go”.

“I take that personally ... and I’d prefer to see us going down fighting,” O’Callaghan said.

“We spoke about trying to move them around. But I think we were going sideways and trying to play around them.”

Despite the most vocal crowd of the season willing them on, the hosts were stuck in first gear as last weekend’s brutal loss to the Blackhawks became a factor.

“We spoke about backing it up this week, but we were flat across the board,” Ghietti said.

“It was definitely slipping away from us the whole time and we couldn’t get out of our own end.”

Lock Tom Hancock was the Pride’s best, though he could have tried repeated chip-and-chases and still been in the mix, such was the wayward showing of teammates.

Wynnum coach Jon Buchanan said his side’s kicking game was the difference.

“We have seen signs of our best in recent weeks and that was the best performance,” he said.

“We probably could have rolled over the last couple of weeks, but we’re too strong for that.” 

See the final team line-ups and full scoring details for this match at QRL Live

WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS 34 (Peter Gubb, Mitchell Moore, Patrick Templeman, Mitchell Buckett, Gregory Eden, Mitchell Cronin tries; Patrick Templeman 5 goals) def NORTHERN PRIDE 6 (Javid Bowen try; Khan Ahwang goal) at Barlow Park.

*Thanks to The Cairns Post for this story

Skip not going anywhere just yet!


Skip not going anywhere just yet 





Tim, club captain 2014 & 2015 isn’t going anywhere just yet. Tim Natusch has announced he is staying on another year as he was very disappointed with how his 2015 season ended. Tim copped a 1 match suspension after the win against Easts Tigers at Langland’s during the last round of the 2015 season. Tim was a jersey-less bench warmer during the elimination clash against Easts the following week at BMD Kougari Oval, where our boys had to leave the competition after Easts defeated Wynnum.

JB and the boys are thrilled to know he will once again run out in the Green, Red and White. His Leadership around the club will be great for our younger players.

Tim is working in a senior role with one of our major sponsors, Job Connect Recruitment. Craig and Kylie Kelly, the directors of Job Connect, have been working on the business to allow Tim to have the time to finish his career off the right way.

What a relief!



THE board, staff, coaches and players of the Wynnum Manly Seagulls pass on their condolences to the family and friend of former Seagulls Colts manager John Earle, who sadly passed away on Tuesday after a long battle with illness.
John was a passionate rugby league man, who enjoyed a stellar playing career in his native England.
A no-nonsense prop, John spent the majority of his career at Warrington, with whom he played a Challenge Cup final at Wembley in 1975.

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AT 7.00PM

Pursuant to the articles of association, three (3) directors are required to stand down from the Board, but are eligible to re-nominate for the subsequent year.

For the purposes of this Annual General Meeting (AGM) the following directors will stand down.

Rick Green

Darryl Heck

Brendan Turnbull

Nominations for the positions of directors are now being called. Nominees must be financial as at 17th November 2015. Nominations in writing are to be proposed and seconded by current financial members of the Wynnum Manly Seagulls Rugby League Football Club Limited. Nomination forms are available on request from the office via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or other arrangements can be made by calling (07) 3393 3482.

Nominations close at 4.00pm on Tuesday 3rd November 2015 and a list of nominees will be displayed on the public notice board at the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club. In the event of more nominations than positions to be filled, a ballot will be held at the AGM.

All correspondence to:

Wynnum Manly Seagulls RLFC Ltd

PO Box 9276

Wynnum Manly Plaza QLD 4178

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