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A Wes Conlon field goal with 18 seconds left propelled the Souths Logan Magpies to a breathtaking 23-22 victory over Intrust Super Cup leaders the Mackay Cutters yesterday. Conlon’s successful strike set off incredible scenes as the Magpies players mobbed the diminutive fullback in the middle of the ground.
Souths Logan players, coaching staff and supporters then squeezed into the Davies Park change rooms to pump out a rousing rendition of the club song. The memorable victory elevated the Magpies into a share of the competition lead with the Northern Pride and Ipswich Jets.
Conlon’s field goal was one of many talking points after an entertaining round 10 match. The former Ipswich Swifts player put himself in a great position to land the match-winning drop goal after receiving the ball from Ben Cronin.
Cronin was going to take the shot himself, but Mackay’s swarming defence gave him no option but to swing the ball out to Conlon, who was standing to the right of the goal-posts. Both Cronin and Conlon played leading hands in the Magpies’ stunning win.
Cronin scored a crucial second-half try which gave the Magpies much-need breathing space in the second half. Conlon engineered one of Souths Logan’s three first-half tries when he produced a wonderful off-load for Tulson Caird to score.
The Magpies’ other two first-half tries came via winger Luke Archer and veteran Phil Dennis, who combined brilliantly with Andrew Edwards to score under the posts. Souths Logan led 16-4 at half-time, but it was never going to be a match-winning lead against a classy Cutters outfit.
Despite losing David Milne and Joel Clinton to injuries, the Cutters finished the match full of running and were able to level the score at 22-22 on the back of a superb hat-trick from Jason Taumalolo. The big Cowboys forward was virtually unstoppable when given room to move, while halfback Matt Minto was also instrumental in Mackay’s second-half charge.
The Cutters came agonisingly close to scoring a match-winning try in the left corner, but the Magpies were able to work their way down field following the 20m restart before forcing an error that paved the way for Conlon’s heroics.
SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 23 (Luke Archer, Phil Dennis, Ben Cronin, Tulson Caird tries; Luke Archer 3 goals; Wes Conlon field goal) def MACKAY CUTTERS 22 (Jason Taumalolo 3, Curtis Rona, Chris Gesch tries; Liam Taylor goal) at Davies Park.
Players’ Player – Ramon Filipine
A significantly higher crowd than expected of about 130 people were in attendance for the first Supporters Club evening. Following a very delicious smorgasbord meal, club supporters were entertained by interviews with a number of people involved with the club at all levels plus guest speaker, Broncos winger Jharal Yow Yeh.
Kicking things off was captain of Souths Logan women’s team and Queensland captain, Karyn Murphy, discussing the premiership season and preparations for the Australian team’s tour of England for this year’s World Cup. Our Intrust Super Cup team captain, Phil Dennis, discussed the team’s prospects for the remainder of the season and his feelings on the standard of play in the competition. Coach Mark Beaumount talked about what has changed in the team that has propelled the team from wooden spooners last year into the top five this year as we look to secure a semi-final spot over the coming months.
The main guest speaker was Broncos winger Jharal Yow Yeh who shared with us his remarkable rise from junior football to the elite level of NRL and Test and Origin representation as well as sharing with us some of his courageous story to fight back from the injury that has kept him from playing over the past 12 months. At Souths, we all wish him a full recovery and return to the heights of NRL and representative football and thank him for sharing his story with us on this great occasion.
Another great day on the course was shared by sponsors, members, former players and guests at the beautifully presented River Lakes Golf course in the heart of Logan. The weather was a beautiful 24 degrees and our hosts at the course made it a day to remember.
Our winners on the day were the team from one of the Club’s major sponsors, D and K Plumbing. Not sure how they scored on the day with their total, looks like they only counted every second shot! Well done boys, we can’t say you cheated, we have no proof!!!
Big Anthony from Tiler made struggled with his round after having his photo taken with the lovely Sarah, who did a great job, sold heaps of raffles and is a very lovely pleasant young lady. We have asked her to help us host the Origin Lunch in July, so please book early because everybody who joined us for the Golf Day will certainly buy a ticket.