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Forest Lake SHS Primary Schools Gala Day


The Annual Forest Lake State High School primary schools gala day was held in blistering hot conditions. Around 200 boys and girls participated in a day full of 9 a side Rugby League.

With 7 schools taking part from the local area:

  1. Carol Park
  2. Kruger
  3. Grand Avenue
  4. St Marks
  5. Pallara
  6. Forest Lake
  7. Wynnum State School.

I would like to thank the crew from the NRL and all the Forest Lake Rugby League Staff and student who helped to make the day a great success.

All Players and Teachers were provided with a BBQ lunch Supplied by Souths Logan Magpies Development Team.


Pre Season Trial Dates Announced

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25.01.19 | 2.35pm

The Souths Logan Magpies have confirmed their Pre Season Trial Dates for 2019.

The Magpies will play 3 trials over 3 weekends. The first Trial match see the Souths Logan Magpies head over the border to Tweed Heads to take on the seagulls.This match will take place on the 9th of February. There will be 2 ISC matches played to give more players a run. The entry fee for these games will start at $5 and will be confirmed closer to the trial dates. Our second Trial is against the Brisbane Broncos in Warwick while our 18’s & 20’s head to Toowoomba to take on the Western Mustangs. The Magpies third and final trial will be held at Souths Acacia Ridge on the 23rd of Feb against the Redcliffe Dolphins. Game Times below.

trial 1 // slm v tweed heads

Game Times

Auswide Bank MM U 18’s: Tweed Heads Seagulls v Souths Logan Magpies | 1pm

HD Colts: Tweed Heads Seagulls v Souths Logan Magpies | 2.30pm (qld time)

ISC (G1): Tweed Heads Seagulls v Souths Logan Magpies | 4pm (qld time)

ISC (G2): Tweed Heads Seagulls v Souths Logan Magpies | 5.30pm (qld time)

trial 2 // slm v broncos

On Saturday February 16 the Souths Logan Magpies will take on their affiliate the Brisbane Broncos in their second trial at the Father Ranger Oval from 6pm. Tickets for the match at Warwick are only available at the gate on the night of the game.


ISC: Souths Logan Magpies v Brisbane Broncos | 6pm

On the Sunday our MMC U18’s & HDC U20’s head to Gold Park, Toowoomba to take on the Western Mustangs.

Game Times

MMC: Souths Logan Magpies v Western Mustangs | TBC

HDC: Souths Logan Magpies v Western Mustangs | TBC

trial 3 // slm v redcliffe

Souths Logan Magpies third and final trial will take place on the 23rd of Feb at Souths Juniors, Acacia Ridge.


Auswide Bank MM U 18’s: Souths Logan Magpies v Redcliffe Dolphins | 3pm

HD Colts: Souths Logan Magpies v Redcliffe Dolphins | 4.30pm (qld time)

ISC (G1): Souths Logan Magpies v Redcliffe Dolphins | 6pm (qld time)

ISC (G2): Souths Logan Magpies v Redcliffe Dolphins| 7.30pm (qld time)


** Last Updated 25th January **


Tony Webeck
*First seen on QRL Website*

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.”

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

A Message for Philly

A message for Philly

He is the most capped ever Magpie in our 110 year history, captained the club since 2009, selected in the Intrust 20 year team, played for Queensland residents, mentored so many young players during his 13 year history and Sunday he breaks the QLD CUP record, now called the Intrust Super Cup with 271 games.

Yes a massive achievement for the man we so affectionately call Philly D.

2006 was our first meeting and a young guy from the north, who made his way to Brisbane to try his luck in Cup, had been to two other clubs, before being lured to the Magpies. How fortunate was the Club to secure his services for that year and the past twelve.

The people, who know him best, are the players that have been fortunate enough to play with him and under his leadership and skilful, tough fighting qualities.

CEO Jim Mclelland & Phil Dennis after 2008 Grand Final

Chris Muckert, our strength and conditioning coach, relayed a story only last weekend, on his first game against Phil playing for Toowoomba, they had a plan to target him. Great plan Chris told me, he was to target Phil and he did, only once. He said as he was hit, his whole body shook and he thought he had a swarm of bees in his head. Hit by a shoulder that has been classed as a lethal weapon, throughout his career. Former club great Andrew Edwards still brags about how many tries he scored, without a hand laid on him, after running off Philly D’s passes.

Phil Dennis is a one of a kind player, staying loyal to the Magpies, when he could have moved on many occasions for three times the money he was earning by staying. Phil’s physical and mental toughness, skill, loyalty, honesty and humility are seldom found in many these days.

Through his 13 seasons, many people have been involved with Phil at the Magpies and you wouldn’t find one that would have a bad word to say about him. That, in itself, is testament to the person and his very fine character.

Over his career four people in particular have been there every step of the way for Phil and shared his journey. Club legends Mal and Tank Long, my wife and myself have been part of his life, as he has in ours and it hasn’t always been easy for the club and Phil in his personal life, however, through it all we have learnt that if we can be half the person Phil Dennis is, then we are in a very good space.

Magpies Manager Mal Long, Philly D & CEO Jim McClelland

Barb and I are so very proud that many people refer to Phil as our forth son and our very close relationship we have forged with him over his time at the club. During our 13 years together, two characteristics stand out above all of his very fine trait, Family values and it means something to him.

I have said it on many occasions, many have gone before him and many will come after him, however, the club has never had a player wear the jersey with more pride and passion than our man Philly D, we honour you on Sunday, not only for achieving such a massive milestone but the role you have played in your chapter of the Magpie story.

Barb McClelland & Philly D


On Tuesday the 10th of July the annual NRL- Broncos -Souths Logan Magpies holiday clinic was held at Logan Brothers!

With close to 200 boys and girls participating in a day full of Rugby League fun!

The day was topped off with Brisbane Broncos Anthony Milford, Jayden Sua, Patrick Mago and George Fai attending after lunch to lend a hand and sign posters for everyone.

A big thanks to the  NRL development and the Brisbane Broncos for making the day a great success also to Logan Brothers for the use of their grounds.

Special mentiones & a big thank you to all the Souths Logan volunteers that gave up there time on Tuesday to lend a hand, the day wouldn’t have been a success without you!

Game Times // Round 17

This weekend the Souths Logan Magpies head to Barcaldine to take on the CQ Capras!! The Hastings Deering Colts & ISC side both making the trip up.

Game Times
COLTS: SLM v CQ Capras @ 4PM
ISC: SLM v CQ Capras @ 6PM

Round 17 Preview

Head-to-Head: Souths-Logan 23 Central 18 Drawn 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #CQCvSLM

  • The CQ Capras and Souths Logan Magpies are headed to Barcaldine this weekend; making it the second time a Cup game has been held in the town.
  • The first one also featured the Magpies who defeated the Norths Devils 32-24 there as part of Country Week in 2016.
  • These two teams don’t mind travelling and have played 11 times away from Brisbane or Rockhampton previously, with the Magpies winning eight of them.
  • The Magpies have the upper hand against their CQ rivals and claimed a 36-4 win when they last met at Davies Park in Round 6.
  • The have also won the past three, and nine of the past 10 games played against the Capras.

#Intrustsupercup #itsmagpieseason

Continue reading “Game Times // Round 17”


Late heartbreak for young Maroons

The Under 18 Queensland Maroons have gone down in a nail-biting clash against NSW 16-10; with a late try to powerful forward Stefano Utoikamanu sealing the match for the young Blues.

After a solid start in defence from Queensland, they faced their first adversity when the Blues received the first penalty.

However, they were able to hold them out and pressure them into an error.

Queensland had absorbed the pressure and were on the board when Gympie’s Tino Fa’asuamaleaui opened the scoring in just the eighth minute. The try came after some good lead-up play, with Cory Paix – playing at hooker for this match – involved in getting the ball to the big forward who took four players over with him to score.

Continue reading “MATCH REPORT // U18 QLD MAROONS”