FIFITA FOLLOWS MENINGA’S PATH TO GREATNESS

Tony Webeck
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David Fifita stunned the rugby league world when he progressed from Under 18s through to NRL in a matter of weeks in 2018, but it’s a rapid ascent that Souths Logan Magpies CEO Jim McClelland has seen once before.

As pre-season commences in November and juniors take their first steps into the senior ranks, Fifita will become something of an inspiration to those with NRL aspirations – but they need look no further than the man their competition is named after.

When Mal Meninga made the move from Bundaberg to Brisbane to begin a career in the police force, the 18-year-old joined the Souths Magpies Under 18s; and by the end of his first season, was entrenched in the first grade side.

This is where it all begins and the 2019 Mal Meninga Cup will be stronger than ever thanks to a new naming rights sponsor in Auswide Bank.

 

Mal Meninga presents Souths Logan captain David Fifita the Cup after the Magpies won the grand final.
Mal Meninga presents Souths Logan captain David Fifita the Cup after the Magpies won the grand final.

For McClelland, it is the beginning of a pathway that has been producing champions such as Meninga for more than 40 years.

“For our club it goes all the way back to Mal Meninga himself,” says McClelland.

“He was an 18-year-old kid who came down from the bush to start with the police force and coming into our club was a big change for him.

“The training was a different level again, the level of professionalism that was required and like young David Fifita this year he went on to play first grade for us that year at 18 years of age.

“From that perspective, nothing has really changed.”

More than their on-field achievements, the most important area of development occurs off the field as young players become indoctrinated into the values that the club is built upon.

“This club will be 111 years old next year, so it is crucial that part of their introduction to senior level is learning about the past, what the club was founded upon and those players that came before them,” says McClelland.

“Because of the junior nursery that sits beneath us and the number of clubs that feed into Souths Logan, it is important we bring the kids in when they step up to senior football and talk to them about the history of Souths Logan and why we play out of West End.

“It’s vitally important that you introduce these kids to the club culture and the expectation of them and you have to have the right people in place to ensure that happens.”

David Fifita makes his NRL debut with the Brisbane Broncos.
David Fifita makes his NRL debut with the Brisbane Broncos.

 

As Competitions Manager for the QRL, Dave Maiden is charged with constructing the on-field experience of the Mal Meninga Cup but concedes the greatest value comes in the work that happens off the field.

“We see it as a vital first step in establishing club culture and club identity at Intrust Super Cup level and our major competitions,” says Maiden.

“We now have the opportunity for young players to have three or four years in a state-based system prior to being identified as potentially an Intrust Super Cup player.”

Given its proud history and impact that it has on the lives of so many young men, becoming naming rights sponsor from next year was an association that Auswide Bank Managing Director Martin Barrett saw as a perfect fit.

“The strength of the Mal Meninga Cup is the impact that it has on young people and as ‘the big hearted bank’ that’s a quality we really identify with,” says Barrett.

“We’re delighted to become the naming rights sponsor of the Mal Meninga Cup and we look forward to seeing more young players progress from the Under 18s all the way to the Intrust Super Cup and NRL.”

Magpies Sign ISC Flyers

Magpies sign Intrust Super Cup flyers

Author QRL Media & Nathan Jones  
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Over the past week, Souths Logan Magpies have announced the signings of experienced Intrust Super Cup flyers Linc Port and Matt Soper-Lawler.

Linc Port joins the Souths Logan Magpies after enjoying a successful 2018 season with Melbourne Storm feeder club, Easts Tigers. Port is a one of the competition’s best finishers, having scored 14 tries in 23 regular season appearances (6th highest try scorer), in 2018.

Matt Soper-Lawler joins the Magpies after spending the past two seasons with Sunshine Coast Falcons. Much like fellow recruit Port, Soper-Lawler is one of the competition’s leading try scorers, having scored 13 tries in 21 regular season appearances (10th highest try scorer), in 2018.

This comes after Souths Logan announced the signings of crafty Norths Devils rake Alex Bishop, Mackay Cutters fullback Jack Joass, and former Brisbane Broncos U20’s and Norths Devils playmaker Gerome Burns.

Along with these signings, Souths Logan have recently announced the re-signing of 2018 Intrust Super Cup Leading Point Scorer Guy Hamilton, along with Daniel Tamou, Rory Ferguson, AJ Tuimavave, Simione Fatafehi, Scott Doyle and Lenny Magey.

View Souths Logan Magpies – Year in Review

Note: QRL Media will be following gains and losses for all teams as we lead into season 2019. 

ALL SIGNINGS TO DATE 30/10/18

 

Souths Logan Women’s Awards Night

Souths Logan unveil Women’s Hall of Fame

Author QRL Media & Colleen Edwards  

The Souths Logan Magpies celebrated their rich history with Women’s Rugby League with the unveiling of their Honour Board and first induction into their Hall of Fame – the inimitable Karyn Murphy.

The night – themed ‘Back to Black and White’ was their 20th anniversary of Women’s Rugby League at the club – and also doubled as their club presentation evening.

Normally, the club would have incorporated the women’s awards into their club awards night (where Brendon Gibb took home the Intrust Super Cup Player of the Year Award) – but with many players involved in the NRLW competition; they were unable to attend.

The 2018 Souths Logan Magpies Women’s award winners are listed below:

Best Back: Meg Ward
Best Forward: Lilly Miako
Most Valuable Player: Mia Carter
Player of the Year: Annette Brander 

Annette Brander (who also played NRLW for the Dragons in 2018) was presented her Souths Logan Women's Player of the Year award by Karyn Murphy. Photo: QRL Media
Annette Brander (who also played NRLW for the Dragons in 2018) was presented her Souths Logan Women’s Player of the Year award by Karyn Murphy. Photo: QRL Media

Guests at the night included their first women’s coach David Lee and many of their former players, with their 20-year team also announced.

Murphy was named captain and her fellow Queensland Women’s Origin team assistant coach Nat Dwyer was named vice captain of the team.

Australian Jillaroos and Brisbane Broncos captain Ali Brigginshaw, although now playing Brother Ipswich, was a welcomed guest who also helped present the Best Back award and was acknowledged in the 100 Game Club along with Murphy, Renae Kunst, Dwyer, Tracey Thompson and Amie Solomona.

Members of the 20-Year Anniversary Souths Logan Women's team are presented by Rob Brough. Photo: QRL Media
Members of the 20-Year Anniversary Souths Logan Women’s team are presented by Rob Brough. Photo: QRL Media

Souths Logan Women’s Team of 20 Years

1. Tracey Thompson
2. Amy Karklis
3. Karen Shaw
4. Teresa Anderson
5. Casey Karklis
6. Ali Brigginshaw
7. Karyn Murphy (c)
8. Steph Hancock
9. Nat Dwyer (vc)
10. Millie Edwards
11. Jodie Billing
12. Renae Kunst
13. Tarah Westera
14. Rebecca Jones
15. Veronica White
16. Amie Solomona
17. Heather Ballinger

Karyn Murphy Player of the Year: Annette Brander
Best Forward: Lilly Miako
Best Back: Meg Ward
Most Valuable: Mia Carter
Souths Logan Magpies Women in attendance: Past & Present Players

TESI NIU – THRILLING YOUNG TALENT

Prodigious Marsden and Brisbane Broncos rugby league talent Tesi Niu wins Souths Logan award

Prodigious Marsden State High School rugby league talent Tesi Niu has won the Mal Meninga Cup best back for his senior club, Souths Logan.

Niu, who has been signed from Marsden State High School by the Brisbane Broncos, is a thrilling fullback talent.

The year 12 student at Marsden SHS will next month tour Great Britain with the Australian schoolboys after he graduates from school.

Tesi Niu as a Marsden State High School year 10 student. Picture: Josh Woning.

Niu was in good company on the winners podium at the Souths Logan presentation ceremony, with another boom teenage Broncos’ player, David Fifita, named best forward.

Another two Logan City products were presented with awards from Niu’s under 18 Magpies’ side.

Waterford West State School past student Cruise Ten was named the Bill Tyquin most valuable player and Logan Brothers junior, Jett Trembath, the Beecher Larkin Memorial Cup winner.

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Niu, who names electrifying fullbacks Billy Slater and Valentine Holmes as his heroes, told the Albert & Logan News last month he was excited to tour overseas with the Australian schoolboys.

Marsden state high school student Tesi Niu

“It’s been a goal to make this team since year seven and a really great bonus that this year’s team gets to travel to England to play,’’ he said.

“We’re away from home for a month, leaving just after graduation at Marsden State High School, so it will be a great experience both on and off the field.

Tesi Niu, middle, as an under 11 player with the Metropolitan West rugby league team.

“The chance to represent my country is something that will always be really special to me and to be able to do that in England with a new group of really talented players from different schools and clubs will be a great experience.’’

Niu is a Forest Lake Magpies rugby league junior who attended Richlands East State School as a child.

Meanwhile, Souths Logan Bill Tyquin most valuable player was, Guy Hamilton, whose younger brother is an eye-catching rugby league halfback at Marsden SHS.

The overall Souths Logan forward Brendon Gibb was the club’s Intrust Super Cup player of the year.

Souths Logan Magpies 2018 Presentation Night

Friday September 28th, Souths Logan Magpies held their annual Presentation night. Players, partners, sponsors & invited guests enjoying pre dinner canapes and champagne in the recently opened cocktail garden, followed by an evening in the Corella Room. Friday night recognised the outstanding effort put in by players and staff throughout the season in the Intrust Super Cup, Hastings Deering Colts, Mal Meninga Cup and BRL – A grade with the Women’s Awards night still to come.

First up for the night was the Mal Meninga U18’s featuring an array of up and coming talent, including Magpies & Broncos Forward David Fifita, along with Tesi Niu and Cruise Ten. The winner of  the Beecher Larkin Memorial was youngster Jett Trembath. This trophy is awarded to a player who epitomises the Beecher spirit and who goes about his job without fuss but always gets the job done.

The Hastings Deering Colts finished the season strong by making a finals appearance, however going down to the Northern Pride. Awardees for the 20’s went to Blake Scott, Kye Oates & Jacob Alick, with Rory Ferguson taking out the Sel Deed – Colts player of the year award, after playing outstanding footy & making his debut for the Q Cup side.

With injuries & players progressing to the Broncos throughout the season the A Grade side felt the brunt of it. However even though constantly having players coming and going, the boys stuck at it and it payed of with wins towards the end of the season. Awards for the A Grade side went to Cody McIntosh, Cameron Booth and Magpies favourite Luke Archer. ISC assistant Coach Mat Cameron took out the Montgomery Lister Club Person of the year after his dedication to the Magpies, even strapping on his boots and running out for the A-Grade side when there weren’t enough players.

The Intrust Super Cup awards finished of the night. With Best Forward going to Brendon Gibb, Best Back to Sam Scarlett and the clubs Most Valuable Guy Hamilton. Travis Waddell took out the Mick Crocker Memorial. This award recognizes greatness and a strong passion for the game against all odds. The last trophy of the night is the most prestigious award presented in the Club and has been since his tragic loss in 1979. Considered one of toughest players in the Brisbane comp, Pat was headed to Sydney when we lost him. Former winners include Mal Meninga, Chris Phelan, Billy Johnstone, Gary Belcher, Richo Hill, Mat Pitman and Kieran Whalley. The Pat Phelan player of the year is scored every week, when 3 players receive a 1, 2 or 3, the player with the highest points, wins the club player of the year. On 18 points this year’s player of the year was Brendon Gibb.

Intrust Super Cup Award Winners

Greg Veivers Intrust Super Cup Best Forward – Brendon Gibb

Mal Meninga Intrust Super Cup Best Back – Sam Scarlett

Bill Tyquin Intrust Super Cup Most Valuable – Guy Hamilton

Mick Crocker Memorial – Travis Waddell

Pat Phelan Intrust Super Cup player of the year – Brendon Gibb

Hastings Deering Colts under 20 Award Winners

Greg Veivers Colts Best Forward – Blake Scott

Mal Meninga Colts Best Back – Kye Oates

Bill Tyquin Colts Most Valuable – Jacob Alick

Sel Deed Memorial – Colts Players of the year – Rory Ferguson

Mal Meninga Cup Under 18 Winners

Greg Veivers Mal Meninga Cup Best Forward – David Fifita

Mal Meninga Cup Best Back – Tesi Niu

Bill Tyquin Mal Meninga Cup Most Valuable – Cruise Ten

Beecher Larkin Memorial – Jett Trembath

BRL – A Grade:

Greg Veivers A Grade Best Forward – Cody McIntosh

Mal Meninga A Grade Best Back – Cameron Booth

Bill Tyquin A Grade Most Valuable – Luke Archer

 Club Awards

Montgomery Lister – Club Person of the year – Mat Cameron

Photo Credit: Scott Cross

Russell surprised and honoured of selection

*Article first appeared on PNG League*

Dan Russell said he and his family were surprised when he got the call up to join the NGCB PNG PM’s XIII side for the October 6th Test Match

“I was surprised actually but very honoured. My family hasn’t been here in a long period of time so brining back the family is a good feeling, they are very honored and I’m keen to get out there and do my best,” he said.

Dan added “my father and uncle will fly in on Friday and they’ll get to see me play so it will be a good experience and I’m very excited.”

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From camping to making History

Article first appeared on QRL.COM

From camping with his mates in Queensland to history-making debut for the Prime Minister’s XIII, it has been a big week for 20-year-old Broncos fullback Corey Allan.

Allan, who will join the South Sydney Rabbitohs on a three-year deal next year, will on Saturday become the first footballer ever to play for the PM’s XIII in the clash with PNG in Port Moresby having not played an NRL game.

Such is Allan’s speed and prodigious talent, coach Mal Meninga has given him the opportunity of a lifetime in the custodian’s position.

When Broncos official Scott Czislowski called to give Allan the good news he thought it was a gee-up at worst, and an opportunity to join an extended squad at best.

“At the time I was camping up north at [the town of] 1770 with a few of my mates and had no idea that I was going to get called up at all,” Allan said before training with the Australian squad in Brisbane on Wednesday.

“I was minding my own business and had no reception but luckily enough my mate hot-spotted me at the right time when I got the call. I had to drive six hours to [Brisbane] to get the plane to fly to Sydney.

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“I didn’t think it was real at first. I thought they would just let me train with them and learn off the big boys, but when I found out I was actually playing I was over the moon and rang my dad straight away.”

Allan, a Queensland under 20s representative, has played his club football this year with Souths-Logan in the Intrust Super Cup but it will be with South Sydney that he plies his trade in 2019.

He had an offer from the Broncos to stay with the club but said he wanted to take the plunge in a new environment with a club rich in history and culture.

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Results // Colts Semi Final

The Souths Logan Magpies Colts finished the season strong to make the Hastings Deering Colts finals series in 6th spot but would have a tough assignment going to Stan Williams Park in Cairns to take on the third placed Northern Pride. (Hastings Deering Colts U20s – Finals week 1: 3rd v 6th). Unfortunately the boys couldn’t get the win on the road & went down to the Northern Pride 24-16. What a great season it was for our U20’s! Thank you to everyone for your support!

NORTHERN PRIDE 24 (Joshtel Charlie 2, Connor Luhan, Brandon Jackonia tries; Jack Campagnolo 4 goals) def SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 16 (Jacob Alick, Blake Scott, Ashton Watson tries; Tanah Boyd 2 goals) at Stan Williams Park, Cairns.

Game Highlights: https://www.qrl.com.au/news/20182/09/03/pride-v-magpies-final-highlights-u20-hastings-deering-colts/