A Set Of Six With: Jamie-Lee Lewis

We return with another edition of A Set Of Six for this week and we are extremely excited to be sitting down with BHP Premiership Lock and former Australian Waterpolo representative Jamie-Lee Lewis.

Jamie-Lee is the daughter of League legend Wally Lewis but is more than paving her own way in the sport while inspiring everyone she meets by smashing through the adversity of playing with Cochlear Implants as JL was born profoundly deaf.

1- Growing up in Brisbane, what were your earliest footy memories and what was your first club?

My earliest footy memories would be Touch Football days. I remember playing touch footy games at the Redlands. My first Footy club was Redlands Touch Association. 

2- You played Water-Polo for Australia, have any of the skills or lessons from that sport transfer into playing Rugby League?

Yes, there has been a few skills that have transferred to footy. I use my eyes a lot more and passing has given me lots of strength. Also be able to catch the ball with one hand easier. Discipline has been the most important lesson in sport. Waterpolo has taught me how to be disciplined. Getting up early and go to training, how to look after myself, how to eat well and also respect the coach, the staff and your teammates as well. It teaches you how to read the game well, continue to obey the rules while producing your best performance. Never give up.

3- You have changed positions a few times over the past few seasons, What do you think is your best spot on the field is? 

Lock is one of my favourite positions on the field so far. I am loving it and learning a lot. My old man reckons I should be playing five eighth haha. 

4- What is it like to be able to play for Souths Logan with your longtime friend Steph Hancock, who both your fathers (Wally and Rohan) played for QLD Together? 

It has been a privilege to play alongside Steph. One of the legends of women’s rugby league football. She never gives up. She will always have your back. Not only is she a great football player, she’s a role model and a great mentor to everyone. Steph gives so much back to the game she loves and I intend to do the same. The very first game with Steph was a special moment because both our fathers watched their daughters together alongside each other on the sideline. Our fathers played for Queensland, in the very first state of origin together. 

5- What career do you currently work in and how did you get into that area?

I work for Systems Subfloor. I got into it by my good mate. I absolutely love it. We do floor prep. Lots of physical work. Carry concrete bags/buckets. Mix concrete, top the floors. Rip up the tiles, vinyls, carpets. Grind the floor and get it ready.  It’s almost like doing weight training. I hope to finish off my apprenticeship in carpentry/cabinet maker in the future. 

6- What do you like to do away from footy to relax?

It depends on the week or weekends. I like to go to camping/4WD/adventure. Go for a hike/walk up the mountains, explore different places. Spend time with family and my dog. Or do renovations which I love doing!



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A Set OF Six With: Luke Burton

In this edition of Set Of Six With, we sit down with 2nd Rower Luke Burton to discuss his childhood memories of growing up in Bowral, to making his Intrust Super Cup Debut in 2019 where he featured 7 times in the Black and White during last season’s competition.

1- Where were you born and what is your junior footy club?

I was born in Bowral, New South Wales and Goulburn Stockmen was the junior club I played my footy with.

2- Favourite NRL team as a kid and hero growing up?

Growing up I was a big North Queensland Cowboys fan and Johnathan Thurston was by favourite player I looked up too coming through the ranks.

3- What is your current occupation and how did you get into that field?

I currently work as a Service Locator. I did start as a Vac Truck Operator before moving onto what I currently do now.

4- What are some things you enjoy doing away from footy?

Do enjoy a few quiet beers with the boys as well as heading down to the beach.

5- What does it mean to you to wear a Souths Logan Magpies jersey and represent the club?

It means a lot to me as it’s the only Intrust Super Cup team I’ve played for. Absolutely love being able to pull that jersey on gamedays with my teammates.

6- What are some goals for the future with your footy?

I’m pretty happy playing Qld Cup at the moment, but if there’s further opportunities in the coming years with higher honours Ill have a crack and see where they take me.

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A Set Of Six With: Cameron Booth

This week we kick off our A Set Of 6 series, where we sit down with your Souths Logan Magpies men’s and women’s players and get to know them better as people on and off the footy field.

First up we have been lucky enough to have a chat with the longest-tenured Magpie for season 2020 in Cameron Booth.

Cameron has played 64 games for the Maggies in an illustrious career to date, which as seen the Logan junior be a staple in the Black and White in recent seasons and is definitely a crowd favourite!

1: First of all, mate tell us about your earliest footy memory and which club/clubs you got started in?

The earliest footy memory for me would be just going down to my local club after school with mates and kicking the footy around.


2: Did you have a favourite NRL team growing up and who were your heroes as a kid?

Just like every kid who grew up in Brisbane, I loved the Broncos as a kid so I’d say them. As for a hero growing up probably just anyone who played for the Maroons, I really looked up to all the players who wore the QLD jersey as a kid.

3: You played Under 20’s with the Canberra Raiders, how was the experience of being in and around an NRL system as such a young age?

Canberra was a great experience for me as I was very fortunate to be billeted with some great people as well as the people within the club who looked after me really well.
Footy wise it was pretty good getting to play before the First Grade at the big stadiums and having all extras that the NRL systems have.

4: As a Logan kid, how was it to make your Intrust Super Cup debut for the Magpies and what does playing in a Souths Logan Jumper mean to you?

I made my debut for the club back in 2012 with the bash brothers Andrew Edwards and Mattew Cameron in the front row. I will never forget the game, with it ending in a draw after an 80-minute tussle.

I just love the Magpies being from Logan originally, I used to watch the Souths Logan games as a young fella. I was in attendance at North Ipswich Reserve in 2008, the day Souths won the GF against the Jets.

Playing for the Pies is just a lot of fun, there is nothing better than singing the song with all your mates after a great win.

5: What do you do as an occupation?

Myself and Guy Hamilton have a Landscaping business so plenty of cutting grass all day!

6: What do you do to relax away from the game and what are some hobbies you enjoy?

Away from training and the games, I like to chill out by filling in a few TAB tickets and depending on how many wins I chalk up usually decides what else the day brings.

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Niu and Paix kick off NRL career

On what was a tough night for the Brisbane Broncos, two of Souths Logan Magpies very own Tesi Niu and Cory Paix both put out solid performances in their first grade debut against in Round 4 against the Sydney Roosters on Thursday Night.

Paix, who started the game in the dummy half role in his first outing in a Brisbane Broncos jersey, was a bull-terrier in defence making an incredible 50 tackles at 92% efficiency in his 64 minutes of action.

The Toowoomba product played for the Magpies in Round 1, fitting into the system of coach Jon Buchanan perfectly with the Souths coach commenting on Paix’s debut,

“Cory has worked really hard on his role as a 9 over the offseason and deserves his opportunity. The new rules will suit his running game which is his biggest threat. I can’t wait to see how he goes, hopefully the Broncos forwards give him some ruck speed to play off.”

Also making his debut from the Souths Logan stable is Mardsen State High and former Souths Logan Mal Meninga Cup player Tesi Niu who played in his first game in top flight football off the bench.

Niu played 28 minutes in the second half where he spent time at fullback as well as hooker, running for 54m and having one tackle bust.

The Tongan international also gained praise from his Intrust Super Cup coach of two seasons Jon Buchanan,

“It’s great to see Tesi given an opportunity in the NRL. He has worked extremely hard to get to this stage. He is wonderful player and a terrific young man and it’s a rap for our pathway program that Tesi played his junior football with Souths all the way through to MM and ISC we are all really happy for him here at the Magpies.”

The Broncos will face Manly next Thursday night at Central Coast Stadium.

Official Statement regarding COVID-19

The Queensland Rugby League can provide an update on the status of its Statewide Competitions, community football and representative programs following tonight’s board meeting.

After careful consideration in relation to the unfolding COVID-19 situation, the QRL has suspended its Statewide Competitions and community leagues, effective immediately.
In addition, all junior regional events and state carnivals will be postponed indefinitely. QRL Managing Director Robert Moore said the four QRL Statewide Competitions would be suspended until June 5, and all junior and senior community rugby league until at least the first weekend of May.

While some community competitions are yet to kick-off, the four statewide leagues commenced at the weekend with 25 games played across the Intrust Super Cup, BHP Premiership, Hastings Deering Colts and Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup.


Should circumstances allow, the QRL will work with its clubs to facilitate the return of these four competitions mid-year. Such a scenario would provide the opportunity for all Intrust Super Cup clubs to play each other once before the scheduled 2020 finals series, in addition to the results from Round 1 fixtures which would stand.


Similar fixture models, in line with the proposed date for the return of premiership games, are currently being looked at for the BHP Premiership, Hastings Deering Colts and Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup. Moore said the board had considered all aspects of the current situation in consultation with its operations teams and clubs

“This public health emergency we’re working through is unprecedented; and the health and safety of our participants is a priority, along with the welfare of Queensland communities,” Moore said.

“The decision to put our Statewide Competitions, community leagues and representative programs on hold takes into account all the relevant information provided by the National Rugby League, public health authorities and the government.

“Ultimately, it is our responsibility to implement procedures that don’t place players, volunteers, staff and other stakeholders at unnecessary risk.”


Approval for clubs to hold training sessions during this period is an ongoing matter, as the QRL is seeking further advice from its chief medical officer, Dr Roy Saunders, as well as Queensland health authorities.

Game Preview: Round 1

The ICM Souths Logan Magpies will open up their 2020 Intrust Super Cup season at home against the PNG Hunters, with the Davies Park crowd and Magpies players alike hoping to start the new season in style.

Since the Hunters one-point win against the Magpies in round 23 last season, Souths have had some significant roster turnover with 10 players pulling on the Black and White for the first time during this weekend’s clash.

The 3pm kickoff at Davies Park is one that will bring plenty of excited fans from both sides of the ledger and will look for their teams to get out of the gates in 2020 with a strong performance.

With a new halves pairing of young Broncos ace Tom Dearden and former Dragons half Darren Nicholls, Souths Logan will be looking for the guidance around the park from their skipper Nicholls who has been a fantastic presence around the group so far in 2020.


In what will be a game dominated by big men, the go forward and power in the middle with Matt Groat and Harrison Muller, as well as Trent Schaumkel coming off the bench will be key for the Magpies against a big and hungry PNG Hunters forward pack which includes veteran prop Enock Maki.

Key Matchup: Nick Basu v Cory Paix

The two young hookers who are looking to make their mark on the competition and push for higher honours, this shapes up to be a fantastic battle of the 9s.

Paix, who is coming off a big preseason with the Brisbane Broncos and was fantastic during the Magpies trial against Ipswich will lead the big forward pack around off the back of Dearden and Nicholls.

Basu will start the first game in the #9 jersey for the Hunters and will be looking to impress new coach Matt Church after spending most of 2019 in the halves.

Round 1:

SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES V PNG HUNTERS:
Davies Park, Sunday 15th March 3pm Kickoff.

Team Lists: Round 1

The 2020 season is officially here with all four of our grades kicking off their premiership season’s this weekend!

Intrust Super Cup:

1- Guy Hamilton

2- Ilikena Vidogo

3- Tesi Niu

4 – Vaea Tutulia

5- Jack Goodsell

6- Tom Dearden

7- Darren Nicholls

8- Matt Groat

9- Cory Paix

10- Harrison Muller

11- Mitchell Frei

12- Rory Ferguson

13- Kobe Hetherington

INTERCHANGE

14- Christian Hazard

15- James Taylor

16- Darcy Maroske

17- Trent Schaumkel

18- Cole Waaka

19- Faitotoa Faitotoa

BHP Premiership:

1 Shae DE LA CRUZ

2 Hayley MADDICK

3 Tyesha MIKAIO

4 Amelia KUK

5 China POLATA

6 Meg WARD

7 Nakita TAUFILI SAO

8 Elsie ALBERT

9 Rona PETERS

10 Steph HANCOCK

11 Kalara FAI

12 Lyllian MIKAIO

13 Elaina SALUNI

INTERCHANGE

14 Frieda SEU

15 Stef GALLAGHER

16 Amie SOLOMONA

17 Emily VEIVERS

18 Sulesa SIAUANE

Auswide Bank Mal Meninga U18s

1 Lachlan Mead

2 Kaylan Hemana

3 Prinston Esera

4 Campbell Gray

5 Jaden Harris

6 Chambers Horua-Chase

7 Josh Meyer

8 Ricardo Evenis

9 Byron Johnson

10 Vincent Sefo

11 Punga Punga

12 Jonathan Van Aswegen

13 Caleb Evans

Interchange

14 Joshua Downs

15 Terry Lafoai

16 Elijah Suavai

17 Herman Tafaeome

18 Max Pakai

Hastings Deering Colts U20s

1 Creedence Toia

2 Les Gibson

3 Feao Maka

4 Konrad Tuua

5 Junior Finau

6 Eddie Downing Brown

7 Tyler Han

8 Jack Martin

9 Ezra Teulia

10 Jared Wooster

11 James Heinrich

12 Josh Croydon

13 Crusie Ten

Interchange

14 Callum Eggerling

15 Vili Lotoaniu

16 Maphala Ah Chong

17 Sione Vakuatau

2020 Gains and Losses

With our 2020 Intrust Super Cup season less than two weeks away from kickoff off, we thought it would be perfect time to get up to speed with all the happenings of the 2020 offseason in our 2020 Gains and Losses.

Gains

Faitotoa Faitotoa- Redcliffe Dolphins

James Taylor- Redcliffe Dolphins

Jack Goodsell-Wynnum Seagulls

Kelly Tate- Wynnum Seagulls

Matt Groat- Wynnum Seagulls

Christian Hazard- Tweed Seagulls

Darren Nicholls- St George Dragons

Cole Waaka- NZ Warriors

Trent Schaumkel- Sunshine Coast Falcons

Jack Hickson- Mackay Cutters

Losses

Matt Soper Lawler – Newcastle Knights

Manaia Cherrington- Overseas

Brendon Gibb- Retired

Sam Tagataese- Retired

Shaun Fensom- Retired

George Fai- Rugby Union

Patrick Mago- Souths Sydney

Linc Port- Easts

Team Lists: Trial 3

The Souths Logan Magpies teams will complete their 2020 trials this weekend with our Intrust Super Cup, Hastings Deering Colts and Auswide Bank Mel Meninga Cup sides travelling out to Greenbank JRL on Saturday Afternoon to take on the Ipswich Jets while our QRL Women’s Premiership team will head down to the Gold Coast to take on Burleigh on Saturday as well.

All four teams have named strong sides with our Intrust Super Cup team will have the injection of Kobe Hetherington and Cory Paix will make their Souths Logan Magpies debuts for the club.

Rona Peters will return for the QRLW team with the enforcer looking to rip in against the Bears, after having an extremely strong 9s campaign with the Brisbane Broncos.

Intrust Super Cup:

1Creedence Toia
2Jack Goodsell
3Tom Sau
4Vaea Vaea
5Tom McCagh
6Guy Hamilton
7Darren Nicholls
8Matt Groat
9Cory Paix
10Darcy Maroske
11Mitch Frei
12Kelly Tate
13Kobe Hetherington
Interchange
14Alex Bishop
15Jack Hickson
16Lachlan Cooper
17Rory Ferguson
18Harrison Muller
19Trent Schaumkel
20Luke Burton
21Jack Martin
22Shondre Lee Silva
23Aaron Pidcock

Hastings Deering Colts:

1Tyrone Harding
2Les Gibson
3Prince Jackson
4Feao Maka
5Junior Finau
6Konrad Tuua
7Edward Downing Brown
8Maphala Ah Chong
9Ezra Teulia
10Jared Wooster
11Tepa Arokapati
12Kayah Riggs
13Crusie Ten
Interchange
14Callum Eggerling
15Josh Croydon
16Santana Whakatay
17Jaye Murray
18Villilami Lotoaniu

Mal Meninga U18s

1LachlanMead
2KaylanHemana
3PrinstonEzera
4CampbellGray
5JadenHarris
6JoshMeyer
7EzraMam
8VincentSefo
9JoshuaDowns
10HermanTafaeome
11PungaPunga
12GeorgeAumua-Terry
13CalebEvans
Interchange
14TyreeBowman
15KierenElliott
16RiccardoEvenis
17SioneFotuaika
18MaxPakai
19ElijahSuavai
20IlaiTuia
21JeremiahIeremia
22JonathanVan Aswegen

QRL Womens

Hayley Maddick
Shae De La Cruz
Tyesha Mikaio
Maz Haurua
Jasmine Fogavini
Meg Ward
Nakita Sao
Frieda Seu
Rona Peters
Elsie Albert
Kalara Fai
Lyllian Mikaio
Annette Brander
Emily Veivers
Diaz Seumanutafa
Montanah Best
Lesa Siauane
Amie Solomona
Elaina Saluni
Steph Hancock
Stef Gallagher
Amelia Kuk
Neilly Boaler