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Magpies end season on sour note but reflect on great season

The Souths Logan Magpies have gone down fighting in the Holcim Cup Grand Final on Saturday, with Burleigh showing why they were the favourites going into the game.

The Magpies were unable to control the momentum early that the Bears were able to create through the middle of the field off the back of a fantastic first 30 minutes from the Burleigh forward pack with the home side racing out to a 14-0 lead.

Souths Logan rallied through some big defense from Elsie Albert and Rona Peters, and off the back of that the Maggies were able to turn the ball over and get some great field position for Steph Hancock to crack over late to cut the lead to 8 going into the break.

The Magpies came out in the 2nd half with an aggressive mindset in both attack and defense to try and wiggle their way back in the game and were able to cross first in the 2nd half through a beautiful set piece where Tamika Upton was able to put Meg Ward in the corner to bring it back to 14-10.

That would be the last time the Black and White were able to trouble the scorers, with the Bears totally dominating the last 20 minutes running in three more tries despite a courageous effort in defense from the Souths Logan girls in a bruising and brutal last match of the Holcim Cup Season.

Tamika Upton was post match named the Holcim Cup player of the tournament after crossing for 5 tries in the comp as well as having 3 try assists.

The girls finished the Holcim Cup season with a commendable runners up and set themselves up for a massive 2021 BHP Premiership.

Holcim Cup Grand Final Preview

The past 6 weeks have brought these two teams together after a grueling 5 Round competition which has seen the Magpies pick up 7 wins from their 10 halves of football to date and will be looking to string one more perfect 60 minutes together against a Burleigh side which has the wood over the Black and White so far in the competiton.

In last week’s Round 5 match up where the Bears were able to salvage a 12-0 win, the game was dictated through early possession and field position that Souths Logan gave up on the back of a few penalties and handling errors.

The importance of the middle third will be massive for both teams with a blockbuster match up of International stars on both sides of the field with the likes of Millie Boyle and Tallisha Harden locking horns with Stephanie Hancock and Elsie Albert, it will make for a great battle of the packs.

Tamika Upton will return for the Magpies this week after missing last week as a precaution and will slot back into the fullback position which she has made her own, stamping her name as the premier fullback in the Holcim Cup.

Hayley Maddick will head back out to the wing as a result, to bolster the left edge with Rona Peters also in the starting line up and will be looking to dominate with some great defensive efforts out on an edge.

Coach Rob Brough gave a massive shoutout to the QRL administrators for being able to get the competition running as well as the SLM fans and sponsors for getting behind the team-

On behalf of everyone in our club I’d like say a sincere thanks to all of our sponsors and supporters who’ve stuck with us in what has been a challenging year. We would like to also sincerely thank the QRL for being so supportive of the Women’s game and for giving us this opportunity to play the game we love. We have prepared well for tomorrow and we’re excited and thankful for this chance to be a part of the “big dance”!

Kickoff for the Holcim Cup this Saturday September 5th is 2pm at Pizzey Park on the Gold Coast.

Maggies Finish regular season with up and down day

It was the tale of two halves for the Souths Logan Magpies girls in Round 5 Holcim Cup action, with the Black and White dropping the first game against top of the table Burleigh Bears but did back it up to collect the win against Easts Tigers to round out the competition’s regular season games.

Early errors and poor communication in defence were the Magpies downfall in the opening stanza, with the Bears running out to a 12-0 lead with tries to Jodeci Nicholson and Tarnisha Lyons inside the first 20 minutes enough for Burleigh to hold on for the win.

Despite the loss, the Magpies girls did have some good signs against the team who they will be locked into battle against in this weekends Grand Final, with Steph Gallagher having some fantastic carries and showing the depth that the Maggies have in their forward pack.

The tide completely shifted for the 2nd game with the Magpies rounding up their Holcim Cup round fixtures against an Easts Tigers team, who they were looking to defeat for the third time in the competition in 2020.

It was an arm wrestle early with Easts having some fantastic opportunities early in good attacking positions, but some great scrambling defence from the SLM girls were able to hold the Tigers onslaught.

Therese Aiton crashed over from Dummy Half in the 15th minute after a line break from Jamie-Lee Lewis down the right hand touch line to open the Magpies account for the afternoon.

That was quickly followed by a double from Australian Jillaroo’s centre Meg Ward, who got on the end of a pin point Ali Brigginshaw cross-field kick to extend the lead to 10-0 and shortly after the Magpies marched back up the field to cross again thanks to a heads up shortside play from halfback Nakita Sao, putting Ward over for her 2nd.

Souths would add one more four pointer to their afternoon’s work with Lyllian Mikaio barging over for her first of the Holcim Cup campaign, putting the cherry on top of a strong last 15 minutes heading into next week’s Grand Final against the Bears.

Holcim Cup Round 5 Preview

The Souths Logan Magpies Holcim Cup team will complete their round games this Saturday down in a doubler header matchup against Burleigh Bears and Easts Tigers at Tugan RLFC.

SLM will be without Tamika Upton, who is being rested this week after a few niggling injuries and will see Hayley Maddick head back to the fullback position for the afternoon.

Burleigh will be looking to impose their will on the Magpies forward pack much the same as last week with Millie Boyle and Jasmine Kemp outstanding for the Bears in the round 4 matchup against Annette Brander and co up from for Souths.

Souths Logan will be looking for a clean sweep against the Tigers after defeating them 44-4 in the round 2 match up at Pathion Park in the final round game of the 2020 Holcim Cup.

Coach Rob Brough is excited for the opportunity to test his depth this week with Upton and Rona Peters out but understands the importance heading into the finals next week
“Looking forward to going up against Burleigh and Easts this week and we are more than aware of the challenge that lies ahead”

Kickoff for Half 1 against Burleigh is 1.30pm for Burleigh and 2.50pm for Easts at Tugan Seagulls RLFC.
Follow the live stream if you can’t make it down to the Gold Coast on QRL.com.au or the Queensland Rugby League Facebook page.

Magpies fall in top of the table clash

A standout performance from Burleigh’s forward pack and some costly errors have seen Souths Logan drop their first game in the Holcim Cup competition 16-10 in the Round 4 action at Pizzey Park.

Defense dominated the first 30 minutes of action with both teams getting into an early arm-wrestle with some fantastic back and forth football until Tarnisha Lyons crashed over to open the Bears account at the 15 minute mark, when the winger found some space out on the Magpies left edge.

A few handing errors from Souths Logan coming out of their own half gave the Bears plenty of ball inside their own half and some individual brilliance from QLD Maroon’s forward Millie Boyle who found the chalk late in the first half to give Burleigh a 10-0 bumper heading into the break.

Souths Logan came out after the break with much better ball security and on the back of some fantastic carries from Annette Brander and Lyllian Mikaio the Maggies got over thanks to a bit of eyes up play from Ali Brigginshaw, who took the line on and was able to beat the Burleigh defense to cross.

Burleigh then hit back after a crazy 60 seconds of football with a long line break from both Tamika Upton and then an intercept from Jodeci Nicholson, which was only denied by a fantastic effort play from Hayley Maddick, but the Bears scored on the next play to take it out to 16-6.

Meg Ward scored a late consolation try out wide in the dying moments to give the Magpies the crucial 2nd half point in the Holcim Cup halves split, which gives the SLM girls plenty of confidence heading into next week’s match up with the Bears again and then will also take on Easts to round out the round matches.

Round 4 Holcim Cup Preview

A Sunday afternoon road trip back down the M1 to face the competitions stand out team to date in their own backyard is the battle the Magpies girls are facing in Round 4 of the Holcim Cup, in what will be a battle of the superstars in both outfits.

The Magpies are coming off two physically demanding halves of football against WB Panthers and Tweed Heads last weekend and will be looking to start fast against the Bears outfit which chalked up 30 points against Easts Tigers in their Round 3 drumming.

Souths will be forced to make a few personal changes this week with Jamie-Lee Lewis showing her versatility she has to offer by starting on the right wing after missing last week due to suspension.

The halves combination of Nakita Sao and Ali Brigginshaw will get another opportunity to jell together, after the pair played together in the 6 & 7 jersey for the first time last week and will be vital controlling and steering the athletic forward pack around for Souths Logan.

Burleigh will be lead by superstar #9 Brittany Breayley, who was superb last week for the Gold Coast outfit with her devastation around the ruck and will be putting the Souths Logan defenders on notice with plenty of class out of acting half.

The challenge of a red hot Bears outfit is one that excites Coach Rob Brough and his troops to be able to test themselves against the form team in the Holcim Cup:
“I think most would agree that Burleigh have been cruising through this comp and that on Sunday they’ll take their game to another level and the question is for us do we have the ability to match them for 60 minutes”

Kickoff for the clash will be at 4:45pm at Pizzey Park and we would love to see as many Magpies fans down as possible!

If you can’t get down to watch follow the live stream on the QRL’s facebook page and at QRL.com.au.

Magpies Rally to grab a pair of Round 3 Holcim Cup wins

The Souths Logan Magpies women’s team collected a pair of stunning wins against Tweed Seagulls and West Brisbane Panthers on Saturday at Pizzey Park.

The first 30 minutes against Tweed Heads provided an opportunity for fans to see Australian Jillaroo’s captain Ali Brigginshaw back in the Souths Logan lineup for the first time in over 5 seasons.

The Maggies got off to a strong start to the game dominating possession early without threatening the defensive line, until Tamika Upton broke through in the 14th minute when she sliced her way through the line and scored.

SLM ran in three more tries in the next 15 minutes, with Elsie Albert crossing for a long range effort again for the third time in as many weeks from the front rower as well as Elanie Saluni and Amelia Kuk crossing the stripe for the Magpies.

In the second match up against West Brisbane Panthers for the Holcim Cup competition in as many weeks, another thriller was on the cards at Pizzey Park.

Much like the earlier match up Souths Logan were slow out of the blocks with Wests crossing twice inside the first seven minutes of action through Taimane Levu and Julia Robinson and put the Magpies on the back foot in the opening stanza.

When the Magpies started to see a bit more of the footy towards the back half of the game, the field started to open up and the outside backs of the Maggies. Two fantastic carries from the forward pack led to Tamika Upton finding some space down the left edge of the Panthers defense.

The arm wrestle continued until a Ali Brigginshaw grubber was collected by Upton to cross again to seal the win for the Magpies in the dying moments of the clash to hand Souths both wins for the day.

Coach Rob Brough described the Panthers win as one of the best he has been involved in and marveled at the discipline the girls showed
“It’s a very short window in a 30 min game when you go down 8-0, but for the girls to stick to the structure and play the way we want too was fantastic”

The girls will head back down to Pizzey Park this weekend for a blockbuster main game match up with Burleigh Bears at 4:45pm.

Holcim Cup Round 3 Preview

The Souths Logan Magpies women’s team will head down to Pizzey Park for Round 3 of the Holcim Cup, when the Maggies take on the returning Tweed Heads Seagulls and West Brisbane Panthers on Saturday.

With COVID border restrictions meaning the competition will continue in a Gold Coast bubble, Souths Logan will need to be at their best when they make the trek down the M1 in both their 30 min clashes.

With the return of Australian Jillaroo’s captain Ali Brigginshaw to the Magpies lineup at five-eighth for the first time in five years, Meg Ward has shifted to the centres for the tough matchups against two fast and physical teams who will be looking to take vital competition points as we come towards the pointy end of the competition.

17 year old Sidney Taylor will make her first appearance in the Black and White on the wing to bolster a backline in red hot form in recent weeks, with Tamika Upton and Hayley Maddick named in the QRL’s team of the week for their Round 2 efforts against Easts last Saturday.

A focus of tightening up defensively was the main focus of the group during the week at training, with Coach Rob Brough looking for some more mobility from his engine room in the middle third to help defuse the threat of the extremely athletic forward packs that Tweed Heads and WB Panthers possess.

Kickoff at Pizzey Park for the first half against Tweed Heads will be at 2:40pm and will be followed by the 2nd half against WB Panthers at 3.20pm.

If you are unable to get down you can watch the action live at QRL.com.au or on the QRL’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/queenslandrugbyleague/

Upton Masterclass leads Magpies to Tiger Taming

A standout four try and 2 try assist game from Souths Logan Magpies fullback Tamika Upton was the highlight of a flawless 60 mins from the Black and White in a 44-4 drumming of Easts Tigers during Round 2 of the Holcim Cup.

Souths Logan who bolstered by the return of their captain Annette Brander, got out of the blocks quickly through a lovely chain of attacking play out wide which saw River Smalley cross for the first points of the afternoon.

Easts quickly hit back with some individual brilliance from their Fullback Keisha-Lee Coolwell who beat multiple Souths defenders and crossed to bring the score back to 6-4 in the 12th minute.

From there it was one way traffic for Souths Logan with the Magpies domination of the middle through a highly impressive forward pack led by Steph Hancock and Elsie Albert, who regularly carried the ball 10 or more metres to get the Magpies attack on the front foot.

Upton crossed twice again before the halftime bell rang in two fantastic solo efforts, with the fullback attacking out the back of shape to trouble the right edge of the Tigers defense.

The Magpies onslaught continued after the break with Elsie Albert scoring yet another long range effort after running over a few Easts Tigers defenders on her way to the line to take the lead out to 16 points.

The Magpies outside backs were in an around the football all day showing fantastic work rate and this was on display when Hayley Maddick got on the end of a Steph Hancock kick and collect which brought Albert Bishop Park to their feet in a piece of magic from the Souths stalwart.

Tamika Upton crossed twice more to take her tally for the afternoon to four right on full time to take the Magpies lead out to 44-4 and stamp their authority on the competition as a front runner.

Post game Coach Rob Brough sung the praise of his Rockhampton born fullback in as one of the best performances in recent memory
“It was a special performance from a special player who will only get better and we all can not wait to see how good she can get”

The Maggies will welcome back club legend Ali Brigginshaw to the Black and White after a hiatus for Round 3 of the Holcim Cup where the Magpies will travel down to Burleigh with the draw TBA.