Wynnum Manly Seagulls

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Wynnum Manly Seagulls
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Club information
Full nameWynnum Manly Seagulls Rugby League Football Club Ltd.
Nickname(s)The Seagulls,
ColoursWynnum-Manly Colours.svg White, Green, Red
CEOHanan Laban
CoachAdam Brideson
CompetitionQueensland Cup
Rugby football current event.png Current season
Premierships6 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1995, 2011, 2012)
Runners-up1 (1985)
Minor premiership3 (1984, 1997, 2012)

The Wynnum-Manly Seagulls are an Australian rugby league football club based at Kougari Oval, which is in the Eastern Brisbane suburb of Manly West. They competed in the Brisbane Rugby League from 1951 to 1997. Since 1996 they have competed in the Queensland Cup. Their jersey is red, green and white. From 1995 to 2005 they were known as the Wynnum Seagulls.


Wynnum-Manly first played in the Brisbane premiership in 1931, but withdrew from the competition after two seasons due to the Great Depression. After the war, the Seagulls re-entered the premiership in 1951 as the Wynnum-Manly District Rugby League Football Club. In the club’s formative years from 1951 through to 1964 Jim Cloherty held the role of President. Before moving to their current home ground of BMD Kougari Oval in 1967, the club played at Kitchener Park. Kitchener Park remains the home of the Wynnum Manly Junior Rugby League Club.

Wynnum-Manly won only nine matches and drew one in their first three seasons, and it was widely thought they would disappear again in 1954 after they suffered numerous thrashings in first grade – including a 13–89 loss to Valleys when Norm Pope kicked nineteen goals[1] – and forfeitures in the lower grades.[2] “The Seasiders”, as they were known then, improved from 1954 to 1959, when they achieved their first season with more wins than losses,[3] defeated Valleys in the minor semi-final and provided their first international in Aboriginal winger Lionel Morgan. Morgan, when he made his test debut against France in 1960, became both the first international representative while playing with Wynnum-Manly and the first Aboriginal player to make a Test appearance.[4]

However, from 1960 to 1980 Wynnum-Manly failed entirely to build upon the gains of the late 1950s. In that period they never finished higher than fifth in an eight-team competition, and were bottom no fewer than ten times. At the end of 1980, after thirty seasons since returning to the BRL, Wynnum-Manly had played 603 games for a win–loss–draw record of 173–415–14, corresponding to a success rate of a mere 29.90 percent. However, a speeding spree under president Arthur Lowell netted star North Queensland pair Gene Miles and Greg Dowling, and the Seagulls became a power for the first time,[5] rising from four wins in 1980 to 14 (four more than the previous best) in the 1981 home-and-away season. The Seagulls won the Brisbane premiership in 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1995. They were runners up in 1985.

Wynnum Manly was the last non-NSWRL club to have one of its players chosen to debut for Australia when Lock forward Bob Lindner was selected to go on the 1986 Kangaroo tour. Lindner, who had made his State of Origin debut for Queensland in 1984, made his test debut against Papua New Guinea before the team embarked of its unbeaten tour of Great Britain and France. Also part of that undefeated tour which earned the team the nickname "The Unbeatables" were Wynnum Manly players Greg Dowling, Gene Miles, and Australian team captain Wally Lewis.

The BRL Premiership was succeeded by the Queensland Cup in 1996.

In 2006 Wynnum Manly started the 100.3 Bay FM live rugby league for the Wynnum-Manly Queensland Cup games. The commentators are Mike Higgison and former ABC radio personality Troy Robbins. In 2012 Wynnum-Manly went on to break their biggest win record by beating Central Caparas 84-6.

In the 2010 season, it was announced that Paul Green would become Wynnum's new coach. In 2011 after finishing 6th in the minor premiership and then defeating the minor premiers, Tweed Head Seagulls, twice during the final series, including the grand final. The Seagulls defended their premiership title in 2012, beating minor premiers Redcliffe in the grand final by 20-10.


  • Aaron Booth
  • Aaron Rockley
  • Adam Tuimavave-Gerrad
  • Alex Barr
  • Atelea Vea
  • Bill Solah
  • Brad Mana
  • Daniel Ogden
  • Delouise Hoeter
  • Jack Goodsell
  • Jacob Tonge
  • Jayden Berrell
  • Jeriah Goodrich
  • Junior Pita
  • Lachlan Lee
  • Max Elliott
  • Michael Dobson
  • Mitch Cronin
  • Mitchell Frei
  • Mitchell Moore
  • Patrick Templeman
  • Peter Gubb
  • Stedman Lefau
  • Tamati Ioane

Representative Honours[edit]


Wally Lewis who joined the club from Valleys in 1984, is the only Wynnum-Manly player to captain the Australia national rugby league team. Lewis captained the Kangaroos on 16 occasions while a member of the Seagulls from 1984-1987 including captaining the unbeaten 1986 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France. The 1986 Kangaroos, which included Greg Dowling, Bob Lindner and Gene Miles, earned themselves the nickname “The Unbeatables”.



  • Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils, UK)
  • Matthew Allwood (New Zealand Warriors)
  • Mitchell Cronin (Brisbane Broncos)
  • Aaron Rockley (Brisbane Broncos)
  • Alex Barr (Brisbane Broncos)
  • Delouise Hoeter (Norths Devils)
  • Lachlan Lee (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)
  • Atelea Vea (Leigh Centurions, UK)


  • Mathew Seamark (retirement)
  • Tanu Wulf (retirement)
  • Andrew Clayton (retirement)
  • Brendon Gibb (Souths Logan Magpies – midseason)
  • Benaiah Bowie (Souths Logan Magpies)
  • Travis Burns (released)
  • Mitchell Buckett (released)
  • Ben Shea (released)
  • Paora Kemp (released)
  • Will Brimson (released)
  • Dan Wallace (released)



Name Position
Adam Brideson Head Coach
Luke Dalziel-Don

David Seage

Assistance Coach
Ben Czislowski High Performance Manager
Dan Exintaris Head Strength Coach
Brendan Turnbull Head Rehab Coach
Sports Science Manager Joe Kirkpatrick
Head Trainer Kevin Creese
Physio Kathy Mitchell
Doctor Sherwin Goh
Team Manager Kerry Crosbie
Fitness Specialist Darren Bain
Dietician Jordan Lambi



Year Ladder position Finals series result
1996 7th
1997 1st Semi-finalists
1998 6th Preliminary finalists
1999 9th
2000 11th
2001 6th
2002 8th
2003 4th Preliminary finalists
2004 5th Preliminary finalists
2005 6th
2006 9th
2007 9th
2008 4th Semi-finalists
2009 10th
2010 5th Semi-finalists
2011 2nd Premiers[8]
2012 1st Premiers[9]
2013 4th Semi-finalists
2014 2nd Preliminary finalists
2015 4th Semi-finalists
2016 10th
2017 10th
2018 12th


Major Partners[edit]

Premier Sponsors[edit]

  • Bartons Bayside
  • EMU Sportswear
  • Job Connect
  • Lipke Motors
  • SQS Haulage Pty Ltd
  • Keid in Electrical

Platinum Sponsors[edit]

  • Optus
  • QLS Group
  • Ladbrokes
  • Bendigo Bank
  • Chemist Warehouse

Gold Sponsors[edit]

  • Elastoplast
  • Signmart
  • Yellow Cab Co
  • Deadly Choices
  • Redland City Council
  • Pro Liquor
  • Synergy
  • Johnson
  • Invilla

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ‘Pope’s Mighty Boot’; Truth, 12 July 1953, p. 15
  2. ^ Jefferies, Harry ‘Wynnum Bid to Keep in BRL’; Brisbane Telegraph, February 3, 1954, p. 35
  3. ^ Hadden, Steve; Our Game: The Celebration of Brisbane Rugby League 1909-1987, p. 175 ISBN 9780995351202
  4. ^ Pollard, Jack (1965). Gregory's Guide to Rugby League. Australia: Grenville Publishing. p144.
  5. ^ Hadden; Our Game, p. 299
  6. ^ "Wynnum Manly Seagulls gains and losses". Queensland Rugby League. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Staff – Wynnum Manly Seagulls". www.wynnumseagulls.com.au. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  8. ^ "By The Numbers: Grand Final Stats". Queensland Rugby League. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  9. ^ Ricketts, Steve (23 September 2012). "Wynnum-Manly Seagulls beat Redcliffe Dolphins 20-10 in Intrust Super Cup grand final at Suncorp Stadium". Herald Sun. News Limited. Retrieved 23 September 2012.


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