Cruise Ten reflects on Magpies training move to Marsden SHS

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It was a Monday afternoon, the week of Schoolies celebrations, and year 12 school leaver Cruise Ten was back at Marsden State High School wearing his uniform.

Cruise had responded to a request from Marsden SHS principal Andrew Peach to return to promote the recent announcement that Souths Logan would be using Marsden SHS has its main training base for this season and beyond.

His peers might have been scattered around south east Queensland celebrating the end of their school life, but Cruise’s appearance spoke volumes for the respect he had for the Marsden SHS uniform and also his principal and coach, Andrew Peach.

“I started here in grade eight and went all the way to grade 12 so it is a big part of what I have done,’’ Ten said.

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Allan Finding a home with the Rabbitohs

Former Souths Logan Magpies fullback Corey Allan is making a good impression at his new home; fitting in well at the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The below feature from Andréa Mandadakis & Dom Rizzuto is used with permission of the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

In case you haven’t noticed yet, Wayne Bennett isn’t the only big-name Bronco to have arrived at South Sydney this off-season.

Meet Corey Allan, the kid plenty are tipping has a big future in Cardinal and Myrtle.

After starring in the National Youth Competition and the Intrust Super Cup for the Souths Logan Magpies in Queensland, the 20-year-old is ready to make the step up to first-grade.

Corey Allan starred for the Souths Logan Magpies in season 2018 in the Intrust Super Cup.

If you needed any more proof his potential, earlier this year he became the first player ever to represent the Prime Minister’s XIII against Papua New Guinea without any NRL experience.

Not only that, but he managed to score a try while seamlessly fitting into a side that featured international and State of Origin stars.

One who can vouch for his potential is Rabbitohs Football Manager Mark Ellison, who has been highly impressed with the 20-year-old since he joined the club.

“He’s well above average for his age,” Ellison said of his abilities.

“Corey is showing early signs that he will be pushing for an NRL spot sooner rather than later, and I’m sure he is really looking to show that during our 2019 trial matches.”

Arriving in PNG for the PMXIII match in 2018. Photo: NRL Images
Arriving in PNG for the PMXIII match in 2018. Photo: NRL Images

But what makes the talented young fullback really stand out is his desire to adapt to a new environment and challenge himself in search for a first-grade opportunity.

Leaving everything behind in Brisbane was something that needed to happen, according to Allan, in order to improve as both a player and a person.

South Sydney seems to be just the place for him to do that.

“The club has so much history and so many stories and I want to be a part of that.”

“I just looked at the best thing for myself, and I felt I needed to get out of my comfort zone to better my footy,” Allan admitted.

“I needed to get away from what I was used to. I needed to learn new things off new people and coming to Souths was the perfect opportunity for that.

“As soon I came down and looked at all the old photo hanging on the walls it grabbed my attention.

“The club has so much history and so many stories and I want to be a part of that.”

While the young recruit is still adjusting to life in Sydney, one person he will be familiar with is the man holding the clipboard, head coach Bennett, who has been involved with his development since he was a teen.

The promising fullback had high praise for Bennett, who he says has already made a strong first impression among the playing group in just a few weeks.

“I first met Wayne as a young sixteen-year-old,” he said.

“He’s one of the best coaches around, he’s taught me a lot and pretty much everything I do has come from what I’ve learned from him.

“He’s brought a great morale to the club and plenty of knowledge. The spirits have been high since he’s arrived and we’re putting our best foot forward at the moment.”

Of course, another adjustment needed for any new player in a squad revolves around the team’s structures – not only buying into the club’s culture but also the style of play.

In a matter of weeks, Allan has already identified a number of team-mates who have taken him under their wing and helped guide him.

“I’m really liking working with Adam Reynolds and Cody Walker,” he said.

“They’re very skilful halves and they play a fast-paced style that I like to play.

“And of course, there’s ‘GI’ and Alex Johnston. They’ve played plenty of NRL and they’ve both played plenty of fullback so what two better people to learn off than them?

“I also met ‘Gags’ (Dane Gagai) in Australian camp and he reinforced to me that if you train hard the opportunities will come.

“Everyone has been really welcoming which has made the move easier.”

When it comes to ambitions, Allan certainly doesn’t lack any confidence.

Playing for Queensland Under 20s in 2017.
Playing for Queensland Under 20s in 2017.

While he might be the new kid in town, the young Queenslander is adamant that there is nothing stopping him from cementing a first-grade spot, even with plenty of competition from more experienced players.

As for season 2019 goals, he’s certainly shooting for the stars.

“I want to make my first-grade debut and after that, if I progress, hopefully I can hold a spot in the side,” he said.

“I think if I can play a certain amount of games this year, I can cement a spot and progress from there. I don’t mind where I play. I’ll do whatever is required, but fullback is where I’d like to end up.

“I want to play my best footy for Souths, and a grand final victory is definitely on my mind.”

If Allan’s ambitions are anything to go by, there are bound to be plenty of Rabbitohs members and supporters hoping for a similar result.

*This article and main image first appeared on the South Sydney Rabbitohs website


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Change is coming to the Intrust Super Cup in season 2019.

Next year’s season draw will be released on at 10am this Wednesday (December 12) – and Intrust Super Cup followers can anticipate some exciting new developments in the way the competition is structured.

Rugby league fans can also look forward to their favourite feature rounds lighting up the draw again next year, as well as some new ones; with the Intrust Super Cup committed to highlighting and promoting important causes and events.

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‘Natural fit’ for Magpies and Marsden SHS’

QRL Media & Colleen Edwards  
*First Appeared on QRL.COM*

In what has been described as a ‘natural fit’; Marsden State High School and the Souths Logan Magpies have developed a partnership where the club will incorporate Marsden’s new $6million Centre of Excellence as a training base for their male squads.

This will include players from their Intrust Super Cup squad down through to the Under 18 Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup side – a move that will especially benefit players from the Logan area.

From a community perspective; players from the Logan region will have the opportunity to learn and develop locally with a foundation club who has a proud history dating back to 1908 and is affiliated with the Brisbane Broncos.

“The real beauty of this is that kids from this area don’t have to drive up the highway and back as often,” Souths Logan CEO Jim McClelland said at the official launch of the partnership at Marsden SHS’s Centre of Excellence earlier this week.

“We are in Logan, we have a base here now; we become a little bit more relevant hopefully to the community when the community realises exactly what we do for junior development and the kids that we are bringing through our programs.

“Long-term, we would like to have a playing base here as well so we can split our games; similar to St George Illawarra and Wests Tigers who have a spiritual home, but can split five or six games between their grounds.

“We have been trying for a lot of years to get down here; and this (training area) is a first step.”

Some of the players who would have benefited from such an arrangement this season include Souths Logan’s Mal Meninga Cup winning fullback and Australian Schoolboy representative Tesi Niu (who is currently on tour with the team in the United Kingdom) and his club and school team-mate Cruise Ten.

Ten was part of the premiership winning side this season; and next year is looking to follow a university pathway, where his first goal is to be accepted into an Engineering degree.

The Year 12 student made a special trip back to school last week to help launch the partnership and spoke about all he had experienced in football during season 2018.

“We had a couple of good players in our team like (David) Fifita in club this year (and); I enjoyed it; was good to play alongside them week-in, week-out,” the winner of the Souths Logan Bill Tyqin Mal Meninga Cup Most Valuable Player winner said.

“(It was also good to have) a few team-mates who played both at school and club including Tesi Niu; it helps to know each other’s style of play, it gets the bond a bit better and stronger too, so it helps on the field.

“I kind of miss (school footy) now that it’s all done.”

Students from Marsden’s Rugby League Excellence program like Ten and Niu will now be able to train at the school with additional structured support for their school work replacing the significant travel time associated with Brisbane-based venues.

Souths Logan Magpies and Marsden SHS player Tesi Niu was presented with his Australian Schoolboys jersey by Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga. Photo: NRL Images
Souths Logan Magpies and Marsden SHS player Tesi Niu was presented with his Australian Schoolboys jersey by Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga. Photo: NRL Images

The facilities being provided to the Magpies (who will split their time between Marsden and their traditional home base) include a state-of-the-art gym, a recovery centre, four change rooms and an indoor training option; as well as an office in the centre to build upon the strong links with Logan clubs and the community.

Marsden State High School executive principal Andrew Peach said the new partnership was “a nice, natural fit” that made sense for both parties.

“Both the school and the club have a very positive relationship with the Brisbane Broncos and obviously with their affiliation and with players like Tesi (Niu) and Corey Allan (who has signed with Souths Sydney Rabbitohs next season) that have gone on to be part of the Broncos system; it’s been a nice fit for us to be able to bring all of that together.”


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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  

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. 



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


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.


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