Magpies Galore as QLD bring both shields back to the Sunshine State

The QLD Maroons Men’s and Women’s Teams have reigned supreme on the biggest stage Rugby League has to offer over the past 4 weeks, with some familiar faces featuring across both series victories for the Maroons.

5 SLM old boys took part in the Men’s 2-1 series win across the hotly contested three game match-up, with the Maroon’s grabbing the decider 20-14 on Wednesday Night in front of 50 000 people screaming QLDers at a sold out Suncorp Stadium.

Corey Allan, cousins Edrick & Brenko Lee and Jaydn S’uA made their debut in the Maroon Jersey throughout the 2020 series for Queensland, with the Logan products all doing their state proud and testing themselves in Rugby Leagues toughest environment on the way to picking up their first series win.

Josh Papalii further proved himself as one of the premier forwards in the game, with a dominate performance in the series where the Canberra Raiders Prop chalked up over 200 run metres and 100 plus tackles in the three outings, while being tasked with the monster effort to back up three weeks in a row and lead the QLD forward pack.

An old Magpies combination from the early 80’s also reunited in the coaching box, with 1985 BRL premiership winning coach Wayne Bennett and team of the century centre Mal Meninga proving to be a masterstroke duo for the Queensland side, with Bennett taking the Maroon’s to his first series win as coach since 2001.

On the Women’s side of things the Magpies representation was just as strong, with 5 Souths Logan Magpies Holcim Cup representatives in the Maroon’s 24-18 victory over NSW at Sunshine Coast Stadium last Friday evening.

Holcim Cup Player of the year Tamika Upton was the star for the Maroons, collecting a double and running for a whopping 239 metres on the night, putting herself in the box seat for an Australian Jilaroos call-up in 2021.

Stephanie Hancock signed off from her 16 year QLD Maroons career in style, with the stalwart also crossing for a four pointer in an inspired effort while wearing her beloved Maroon jersey one last time, going out of a series winner.

Dally M female player of the Ali Brigginshaw, as well as SLM forwards Annette Brander and Rona Peters also played massive roles for the Maroons, with all three playing big minutes in the middle of the field and contributing to the Maroons first State of Origin series win in QLD.

Souths Logan Magpies 2021 Girls Academy squads named

The Souths Logan Magpies would like to congratulate the following players on their selection in our 2021 SLM Girls Academy Squads after the recent Female Combine at Marsden SHS.

Training will begin on Monday 2nd November with a 4.45pm arrival for the 5pm-6:30pm session at Marsden SHS Centre of Excellence- Moffatt Rd, Marsden.

Players will need to bring the following equipment for the sessions:

  • Runners
  • Mouth Guard
  • Boots
  • Water Bottle
  • Towel
  • Appropriate Training Gear

Additional sessions for the group will be on the 16th and 30th Nov at Marsden SHS Centre of Excellence with a 4:45pm start.

Please note with COVID that this is a drop off and go on the night of training with no parents/carers permitted to attend the sessions.

U14’s Squad:

Chloe Rowe
Bailee Williams
Malaesia Kolio
Kae-leigh Williams
India Seeto
Mercedes Tuigamala
Marshontae Wacando
Dakoda Cherrie
Kayleen Takai
Leilani Tuqiri
Symian Tato
Taurice Anderson
Jacinda Coromandel
Jazmin Simpson
Mercedez Taulelei-Siala
Maddison Taylor
Charlotte Stevens
Danielle Tutakangahau
Tile Iaulualo
Sasha Willemse
Dakotah Brady-Heaslop
Sheteyah Angeline Han
Michaeli Taua
Nikolina Fangupo
Taylor-Paige Waaka
Daesiniy Manukonga
Jessica Ceder
Gabrielle Toâ’o
Jaida Faleono
Kaylani Tavita

Could the following Junior Players also attend:
– Biarnka Joyce
– Lili Lewis
– Eden Tutakangahau
– Asia Petusa

U16’s Squad:

Jemikah Chow
Rhythm Tauti Epa
Charmayne Pakura
Jaedynn Leger
Chantay Easthope
Lavinia Kitai
Azarius-Charlize Aue
Imogen Nocon
Dakota Taputoa
Loreanna Mavaega
Eliza Lopamaua
Libby Hamilton
Jada Toleafoa
Patricia Wani
Shaylee Joseph
Jaydah Tofae
Tamika Smith
Kiarah Rae Siauane
Malaela Suâ’a
Tavarna Papalii
Skyla Adams
Petra Greenwood
Lorain Lacudru
Illeana Aroma
Imogen Hei
Janaya Bowman
Taylah Fuiava
Karen Pritchard
Tahliya Tavita
Angel Kirikava
Varona Apulu

U18’s Squad:
Monday Nov 2nd is an open trial for U18 girls.

The below players are invited to attend the session

Josephine Lifu-Bray 
Alisa Ola-Talutoe
Gerorgina Tautaaluli
Fiona Jahnke 
Joy Nicol
Dream Blewonski
Ana Drotini 
Letaja Thompson
Dilyza Leugaimafa

Congratulations again to all selected and any questions please contact Mark Beaumont-

Four Magpies to feature in NRLW Big Dance

As the NRL and NRLW seasons come to the final games on the calendar this Sunday at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, some familiar faces will be running out representing Souths Logan on where Rugby League’s best will be crowned.

The Brisbane Broncos NRLW team featuring SLM Holcim Cup stars Tamika Upton, Ali Brigginshaw, Annette Brander and Meg Ward will be aiming for a third straight NRLW premiership title this weekend when they face the formidable Sydney Roosters.

Brigginshaw, who earlier this week was awarded the Dally M Medal for Female Player of the year, has been named in the half-back role but has played much of the 2020 NRLW at lock with Tarryn Aiken and Brigginshaw sharing the role of the #7 jersey.

Tamika Upton has been superb form in 2020, first picking up Player Of The Year for the Souths Logan Magpies Holcim Cup campaign and has carried that onto the NRLW, where the 23 year old Rockhampton native is having a stellar season in the Broncos colours during her first full season of NRLW.

Upton has settled into the fullback role in 2020 after playing much of 2019 on the wing for Brisbane, with some fantastic numbers to back up her feats where she leads the competition in Tries (4), Linebreaks, (6) and Run Metres (454). She will be crucial for Brisbane’s chances with her fantastic decision making off the back of shape a vital weapon in the Broncos attack against a strong Roosters defense out wide.

Souths Logan stalwarts Annette Brander and Meg Ward will also feature, with Ward’s right foot a major factor as why Brisbane have been undefeated so far in 2020 with the winger leading the point scoring tally in 2020. Ward has kicked at an amazing 92% conversion success rate and will be of vital important in what will be a tight contest with every point mattering.

Brander will play in her 2nd NRLW grand final and be looking to make a massive impact of the bench where she is averaging a career high 55m a game in her action this year and gain plenty of quick play the balls and momentum in the middle of the field to help get her Broncos play makers get on the front foot.

Kickoff for the NRLW Grand Final is at 3pm QLD time and can be watched on Channel 9 or Fox League.

Steve Bretherton to take on Magpies Head Coaching Job

The Souths Logan Magpies are pleased to announce that Steven Bretherton has been appointed as the Head Coach of the Club for the 2021/2022 seasons.

Bretherton has a long-standing relationship with Souths Logan Magpies junior and senior teams, having coached Mal Meninga U18s and Hastings Deering Colts teams, as well as Souths Logan BRL reserve grade team in his fourteen year coaching career.

Steve started coaching with Souths Juniors before progressing through the coaching ranks in the Souths Logan system. Bretherton is keen to create a strong pathway for local juniors from within the Souths Logan corridor. 

“As a football club we are extremely keen to further define our strong affiliations with our junior teams and corridor clubs, in conjunction with the schools in our catchment, and in so doing provide the pathway that sees all  juniors aspire to one day wear the Souths Logan Magpies jersey”

The Magpies have been a part of Steve’s life for as long as he can remember, with his father Wayne coaching and playing for the Magpies at Davies Park in the 80’s

“I jokingly said at last year’s presentation night that I had no choice but to be a Magpie from birth, with my affiliation having been there for basically my whole life due to my father being at Souths for as long as I can remember.”

With the 2021 preseason less than a month away, Bretherton is looking to instil in his players the Clubs history and culture,, whilst consistently reminding the group that they need to create their own success and legacy.

“We will be reinforcing the proud history we have as a football club whilst striving to be the next group to emulate what past great teams in our 113 year history have done by achieving the ultimate goal of a premiership.”

CEO Jim McClelland said Steve’s announcement as Head Coach of the Souths Logan Magpies was an exciting and well deserved appointment after his years of service at all coaching levels within the club-

“Everyone at the club who knows Steve is super excited by his appointment and we will all ensure he is given every opportunity to succeed in the role.”

Bretherton was appointed after a thorough interview process the club undertook to fill the Head Coaching role and McClelland is pleased with the outcome of the process.

“Replacing the incumbent coach Jon Buchanan was never going to be an easy task, and after identifying three suitable candidates for the position we felt that Steve deserved the opportunity. Our Club culture is built around development and promotion, making 2021 Steve’s time to step up and make the role his own.”

Souths Logan Magpies will start their preseason campaign in November in preparation for the 2021 Intrust Super Cup season.

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 or the Queensland Rugby League Facebook page.

A Set Of Six With: Tamika Upton

This week’s edition see’s us sit down with Rockhampton born Souths Logan Magpies Holcim Cup fullback Tamika Upton.

We discuss her first initiation into the game of league, to her touch football career and what she does to get away from the game!

1- Growing up what were your earliest memories of footy and when did you start playing League?

My earliest memories of league is playing U8s I believe and played until girls were no longer able to play. I then picked it back up in 2018. 

2- You were a gun touch football player going through school, how much has the sport helped your skillset in League?

Touch skills transfer very well to league especially for attack. The catch/pass and running is all very similar to touch.

3- You were able to achieve the highest honour in Touch Football when you represented Australia, what was the experience of wearing the Green and Gold like?

It was pretty awesome as I played touch for years so to play for Australia was pretty special. 

4- You made the transition back to League and ended up playing for the Broncos in the NRLW competition, how was it to pull on a Broncos jersey and play on Grand Final day?

It all happened very quickly for me but it was amazing the atmosphere was great and it was a really fun game to be apart of.

5-Away from footy what do you career wise and how did you get involved in that?

I am still deciding what I want to do but recently I was working in administration for a law firm.  

6- What do you do to relax in your spare time and get away from the day to day grind?

I watch a lot of Netflix, or I do something I enjoy like reading or going to the gym. 

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