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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.
There was a big weekend of upsets while our boys had the weekend off with a bye. Northern Pride, Wynnum and Redcliffe ALL got beaten. We are still sitting in 5th spot on for and against but 1 point behind Mackay at the top of the table who we play next weekend at Davies Park.
From the QRL Website:
On the back of a ruthless first half and hat-trick of tries to centre Josh Damen the Souths Logan Magpies ran out convincing 38-26 winners over the Tweed Heads Seagulls at Piggabeen Oval yesterday afternoon.
Running with a stiff breeze at their back in the first half, the Magpies went behind after only four minutes when Tweed captain James Wood crossed out wide as the Seagulls continued their good form from last week’s second half against Mackay. From there onwards though it was largely one way traffic, as a hat-trick to Damen and pair to rampaging prop Matt Pitman on the back of a mountain of possession had Souths Logan cruising at 26-4.
A try to Tweed Heads replacement Blake Anderson in the shadows of half time and another via a long range effort from Seagulls fullback Shaun Carney suddenly had the home side within striking distance, before a try to Souths Logan winger Dallas Anderson and another against the run of play to halfback Rhys Jack ended the comeback. Tweed were not to be disgraced though, and two late tries helped add respectability to the score line.
After the match Magpies coach Mark Beaumont spoke of his satisfaction with his side’s efforts.
“It’s a tough road trip to come to Piggabeen, so to get the two points is very pleasing,” Beaumont said.
“We showed a lot of respect for the football, we knew we had to start well down here and we managed to do that and complete 17 of our 20 sets in the first half.”
In the home sheds coach Zimmerle was philosophical about the final result, and was reluctant to blame his side’s recent travel schedule for their disappointing first half showing. “It has been a busy month, but strangely enough we’ve performed our best when we’ve been away from home,” lamented Zimmerle.
“We actually played pretty well in that first 10 minutes, but we ended up with only about half the amount of ball we needed in the first 40 to be competitive.”
“However the fact that were able to outscore them in the second half is a good sign for the team, both this year and into the future.”
SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 38 (Josh Damen 3, Mat Pitman 2, Dallas Anderson, Rhys Jacks tries; Nick Doyle 5 goals) def TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 26 (Shaun Carney, James Wood, Matt Lloyd, Cory Blair, Blake Anderson tries; Brad Lees 2, Blake Anderson goals) at Piggabeen Sports.
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.
The children that attended had a great day with the early part of the day devoted to skills and drills which were applied later in the afternoon through a variety of fun filled games. The day at Flagstone was a great advertisement for our relationship with over fifty children attending between the ages of six to sixteen.
The Flagstone day was followed by two huge days, at Souths Juniors at Mortimer Road, Acacia Ridge and Logan Brothers Juniors at Wembley Road with over 100 kids and ninety kids attending each of these days.
Each of the participants enjoyed the morning tea; consisting of fruit, juice and muesli bars, Lunch; sausage sizzle and soft drink and were given a t-shirt, Canberra football and drink bottle along with Mac Donald’s vouchers.
The clinics were run through the development arm of the Souths Logan Magpies, under the guidance of the Club’s head coach and head of development Mark Beaumont along with former NRL players Mark Tookey and Darren Smith. The Queensland Rugby League development officers were also in attendance to be part of one of the biggest weeks we have ever had with over 240 kids having a ball, with some kids attending two camps.
Mark Beaumont commented on the behaviour of the kids who took part, saying it was probably the best behaved group of kids the boys had worked with.