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RETIRING Souths Logan skipper Karyn Murphy capped off a year to remember, with her side claiming a strong 24-6 win over the Burleigh Bears in the Brisbane and District Women’s Rugby League Division 1 grand final yesterday.
After holding aloft not only the Women’s All Stars trophy, the Nellie Doherty Cup for winning the Interstate Challenge against New South Wales for the 15th straight year and the World Cup for the first time – this grand final win saw her claim a rare “grand slam” as a captain.
The match itself at Pizzey Park was a high-quality match-up with the Bears matching a Magpies side featuring six Jillaroos representatives for much of the first half. The Magpies scored three times in the first half with winger Kelly Hammant scoring a double and fullback Tracey Thompson benefiting from a good Ali Brigginshaw offload to score her four-pointer. Goal kicking proved an issue and a try from one of Burleigh’s two Jillaroos players in Karina Brown – things remained tight with the Magpies taking a 12-6 lead into the break.
In the second half, the physical nature of the game was telling with Burleigh captain (and Jillaroos co-captain) Tahnee Norris being stretchered off mid-way through the half. On the scoreboard, the Magpies were able to extend their lead through tries to player of the match Renae Kunst and a late try to Brigginshaw to seal the match and earn them their fifth straight title.
Joining Murphy in retirement from the Magpies was fellow Jillaroo Nat Dwyer who also had a long history of representing Queensland; while Millie Edwards and Tanya Osborne are also expected to hang up their boots.
Souths Logan Magpies 24 (Kelly Hammant 2, Tracey Thompson, Renae Kunst, Ali Brigginshaw; Ali Brigginshaw 2 goals) def Burleigh Bears 6 (Karina Brown try, Aleasha Brider goal) at Pizzey Park
Player of the Grand Final: Renae Kunst (Souths Logan Magpies)
PRESS RELEASE: From the CEO. Thursday September 5, 2013
Mark Beaumont has informed the Club today that he will not be seeking re-appointment as Coach of the Magpies in 2014. Mark has decided after five seasons, one as assistant and four as head coach with Souths Logan Magpies that he feels he needs a new challenge.
Mark is a major loss to the Club, his dedication to the role, his integrity and his commitment to his players has been the catalyst to the clubs on-field performance. The last two seasons have been a real test of character for Mark and the Souths Logan Magpies. Without the dual registration we enjoyed from 2008 until mid 2011, it has been challenging for staff, players and administrators alike.
Mark was given an opportunity as a relatively inexperienced coach and leaves the role as a man who got the job done. His easy going nature and work ethic are his greatest traits and he will be greatly missed. The club and senior staff have appreciated the opportunity of working closely beside Mark in those five years.
The position will be discussed with our NRL affiliate over the coming days with a view to announcing a replacement in the short term.
Souths Logan fans have the chance to vote for Karyn Murphy as Queensland Sportwoman of the Year. Don’t forget the women’s preliminary semi-final at Davies Park this Sunday at 3PM where Souths Logan Magpies take on Wests Inala with the winner going to the Women’s Grand Final.
Murphy is a nominee in the main category of Queensland Sportswoman of the Year and is joined by rising star Jenni-Sue Hoepper who is a finalist for the St Aidan’s Queensland Junior Sportswoman of the Year Award.
The triumphant Queensland Women’s team – who improved their dominance over New South Wales to 15 straight victories in the Interstate Challenge earlier this year – is a finalist for the St Margaret’s Queensland Team of the Year Award.
Murphy is also one of six excellent nominees for the Women Sport Channel 10 People’s Choice Awards.
People can show their support for Karyn and vote in the Women Sport Channel 10 People’s Choice Awards here:Women Sport Channel 10 People’s Choice Awards…
The 2013 Queensland Sportswoman of the Year Awards dinner will be held next Friday, September 13, at the Sofitel, Brisbane City…
Queensland Sportswoman of the Year Award – Finalist, Karyn Murphy
Karyn Murphy is Australia’s most decorated female athlete to ever play rugby league. Over the period of September 22, 2012, to August 30, 2013, Karyn has achieved great success namely leading the Australian Jillaroos to victory over New Zealand for the first time in 13 years and captaining the winning 2013 Queensland Origin and 2013 NRL Women’s All Stars teams. Karyn is not only a star on the field but she has contributed greatly to women’s participation in what has been, for many years, a very male dominated sport. Karyn has proven to be a fantastic leader, wonderful role model and ambassador for aspiring rugby league athletes.
Without an NRL affiliation our Souths Logan Magpies have punched above their weight this season, particularly in the first half of the season when they spent a good amount of time in the top five. A not-so-successful back half of the season improved with three straight wins before this big final round loss of 50-6 to third placed Easts Tigers.
The Magpies can be proud of their efforts this season despite Sunday’s loss. The Magpies won 11 games this year including a few big scalps. If they can keep the core of this team together next year they should be able to give the final five a real crack next year!
For the first time since 2007, the Easts Tigers will contest finals footy. Hoping to keep their destiny in their own hands, Easts needed a win over local combatants Souths Logan to secure third position on the Intrust Super Cup table.
And while there were some shaky moments early, the Tigers put the foot to the accelerator when it counted to run away with a convincing 50-6 victory. With all the pre-game talk centring on potential finals calculations, Easts coach Craig Ingebrigtsen said the main challenge was to keep his players’ minds on the job.
“We said before the match that the scenario is exactly the same as when we turned up to training on Tuesday – they knew there was some heat on us today but we responded well,” he said.
“We were a little bit slow early, we knew Souths were going to come at us hard through the middle, so we had to withstand that early and then get on the front foot.”
As has been the case in 2013, the plucky Magpies fought hard for a 6-all score midway through the first half but the Tigers pulled away towards the back-end with tries to centre pairing Shane Neumann and Junior Sa’u. On the back of that impetus, the halftime message was simple.
“We just talked about controlling the ball… we knew that possession was the key to momentum,” Ingebrigtsen said.
And the Tigers put the pedal to the metal with 34 unanswered points after the interval. Fullback Jack Joass powered over in the 51st minute before the floodgates opened with four tries in the final quarter of the contest.
One highlight included a crafty solo-effort from interchange hooker Isaac Kaufmann, who produced a typical show-and-go from the scrum base in his 150th Easts appearance. Five-eighth Cody Walker then put the icing on the cake in the final few minutes to take his personal points haul for the match to 22.
The Intrust Super Cup win capped off a successful day in all three grades for Easts. Wins to the Tigers Colts and FOGS Cup sides saw both teams secure the minor premiership in their respective competitions, while the club finished with the 2013 Spotless Services Club Championship.
“There’s a really good vibe around the club, we’re proud of those achievements. Easts haven’t been in finals footy in the top grade for a while, so we’re looking forward to the challenge,” Ingebrigtsen said.
The Tigers begin their finals journey in the qualifying semi-final against the second-placed Mackay Cutters at Virgin Australia Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The winner of that match will meet the Northern Pride in week two, while the loser will play the winner of Wynnum Manly v Ipswich in a do-or-die encounter.
EASTS TIGERS 50 (Shane Neumann 2, Cody Walker 2, Jack Joass, Junior Sa’u, Isaac Kaufmann, Tim Glasby, Grant Giess tries; Cody Walker 7 goals) def SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 6 (Zac Lemberg try; Ben Cronin goal) at Langlands Park.
AUSTRALIA’S Jillaroos have broken New Zealand’s 13-year reign; winning the 2013 Rugby League World Cup at Headingly Stadium, UK, overnight.
Featuring a number of Queensland’s top players and captained in the final by Karyn Murphy; the Jillaroos went into the halftime break level 8-8 with the previously undefeated Kiwi Ferns.
They went ahead early in the second half and then withstood a punishing period of play from New Zealand as they tried to get back into the game. However, the Aussies stayed strong and finished all over their opponents running out winners 22 – 12.
This is Australia’s first women’s World Cup win and the first defeat ever for New Zealand.
“This was a true team effort by all 23 players,” Jillaroos coach Paul Dyer said.
“We never gave up against a bigger and stronger team and in the end, wore them down with brilliant defence.
“We dedicate this win to Graham Murray our former coach who was struck down with illness just prior to the World Cup campaign.”
Former Australian Kangaroos prop and current NRL ambassador Petero Civoniceva was full of congratulations for the Australian team.
Civoniceva is a fan of the women’s game and addressed the Jillaroos players in their final training session before they flew out on their World Cup campaign earlier this month.
“A big congratulations from me and from all our gang in the office at QRL HQ to the Jillaroos,” Civoniceva said in a statement to QRL Media. “I sat up late and watched the website updates (to follow the match action).”
Congratulations to Mathew Pitman for being chosen in the front row for the QLD Residents team after some outstanding form so far this year! Best of luck as the QLD Residents aim to repeat last year’s victory against the NSW Residents side before the big State of Origin decider in Sydney on Wednesday night.
UPDATE: The QLD Residents team were just pipped 22-18 by the NSW Residents team in the curtain raiser to that memorable State of Origin win by Queensland to win their 8th series in a row. Congratulations to Souths legend, Mal Meninga, for coaching Queensland to another great series win. Read the match report of the Residents games on the QRL website - http://www.qrl.com.au/default.aspx?s=article-display&id=79587&title=nsw-scrape-home-in-residents-clash