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.

A Set Of Six With: Harrison Muller

This week’s edition of A Set of Six with, we sit down with Souths Logan Magpies back-rower and carpenter for ICM Project Solutions, Harrison Muller.

We discuss growing up in country NSW to playing under 20s at the Cronulla Sharks and then onto the mighty Magpies!

1- Growing up playing for Orange CYMS what were your earliest memories of footy?

Just loving footy and always wanting to be at training or playing a game no matter what.

2- Did you support a team growing up and who were your idols?

Supported the Dragons growing up and my idol was Jason Ryles.

3-You played NYC at the Cronulla Sharks, how was that experience of an NRL system coming from the bush?

Had a great time at Cronulla and really enjoyed being in that system, it was very full on compared to what I was used to but we had a really good group of blokes which made it enjoyable. 

4- You signed with Souths Logan after a few seasons with SC Falcons, what was it like to wear the Black and White for the first time and what does SLM mean to you?

Was pretty cool getting to run out for Souths knowing that some legends of the game have played there before me which I think makes Souths so special. 

5- You work as a chippy for ICM Project Solutions, how did you get into carpentry and how do you balance footy/work?

When I was at Cronulla I started my apprenticeship through them because we had to work and I always enjoyed woodwork at school. It’s a bit of a juggling act having fulltime work and footy but I think you just have to try and be as organised as possible, plus ICM are really helpful with that.

6- What do you do away from work and footy to relax and spend some down time?

Try and spend time with my mates and go for a ride on my motorbike whenever I can.

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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

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 or on the QRL’s Facebook page:

A Set Of Six With: Guy Hamilton

For this week’s A Set Of Six yarn we sit down with Souths Logan Magpies all time leading QLD Cup conversion leader and current five-eighth Guy Hamilton.

Hamo explains growing up in Logan and going to Keebra Park to how he unwinds with a few cruisers on a Saturday afternoon!

1- Growing up playing junior footy for Logan Brothers, what were your first memories of the game?

Just having some fun with my mates, where we would spend all weekend watching every NRL game and then getting to play on a Sunday morning pretending I’m one of them.

2- You attended Keebra Park SHS, What did you learn about footy and life during those times?

The major thing I took away from Keebra was hard work.
I still to this day I don’t think I’ve trained harder or applied myself as well as I did at the school and it teaches you resilience and mental strength. 

3- You signed with the Bulldogs after a few solid seasons of Q Cup, What was it like to get your first NRL deal?

Was awesome to sign a contract with an NRL team, just all the hard work over the years at school felt like it had paid off.  Was an awesome experience to see first hand what it’s all about.

4- You’ve played for a few Intrust Super Cup teams now, What was it like to pull on the Black and White and play for Souths Logan and what does the club mean to you?

I’ve enjoyed my time at all 3 clubs the I have been to, but being a Logan junior it sort of feels more like home for me.
It was good to finally come back especially growing up around the area and having a lot of my mates there now it’s defiantly a place I enjoy playing my footy at. 

5- Away from footy you and fellow team mate Cam Booth run a landscaping business, How did you two get started with that and how’s it to work with a mate?

So when I came back from Sydney I jumped on the mower with a family friend who I spent a couple years learning off, then I got Boothy on board aswell cause he was looking for work when he came back from Canberra. Then my family friend eventually moved on and let us take over and now we’ve been doing it together for about 3 years. Defiantly worst jobs then working with your best mate day in having a laugh. 

6 What do you do away from footy and work to relax and unwind?

I enjoy having a few cruisers and a punt with the boys. 

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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.

Holcim Cup Round 2 Preview

The return of Souths Logan Magpies captain Annette Brander headlines the mouthwatering match up between Souths Logan and Easts Tigers in Round 2 of the Holcim Cup on Saturday.

Brander, who missed last week due to injury is raring to go and lead the Souths Logan forward pack which was outstanding during Round 1, with Stephanie Hancock and Jamie-Lee Lewis picking up team of the week honours in SLM’s 13-12 win against WB Panthers.

With Tash Purontakanen out with a knee injury, it’s forced a shuffle in the backline with Tamika Upton starting at Fullback with Hayley Maddick going onto the wing, while Rivey Smalley will line up at centre to replace Purontakanen.

Easts Tigers will come into the clash with a strong forward pack led by their captain Liahona Theodore, who will give Easts plenty of strong carries out of their own end all day.

Head Coach Rob Brough is expecting the Tigers to be a fantastic challenge for his group-
“Easts are a very well coached side with good discipline and strong ball runners through the middle and we will need to be great in both areas to challenge the strong Tigers outfit”

The clash at Bishop Park will have a 4pm kickoff.

A Set Of Six With: Amelia Kuk

Welcome back to another edition of A Set Of Six, where this week we sit down with Amelia Kuk from the PNG Orchid’s and Brisbane Broncos NRLW team.

Lala has played for both PNG and Australia at an international level as well as Rugby 7s at an elite level and has done all that while being a full time nurse!

1- You were born in Mount Hagan in PNG, What were your first memories of Rugby League?

I grew up watching Rugby league at a very young age especially State of Origin. It was very big back home and we had half a day at school on origin day and it was pretty much a sports day where you’d come in NSW or QLD colours and take part in all these different activities. As soon as you got home the whole family would be getting ready cooking up a feast and painting  their faces ready for the big game. I was the kid with the paper and pen going around collecting everyone’s bets. The most memorable nights were origin nights. I didn’t play league until 2016 when I got a Phone call from Rob to come down to Souths and see if I’d be interested in playing some league. Never looked back ever since. 

2- Being only young when you debuted for both the Orchids and Jillaroos, what was it like being on the biggest stage so early on in your career?

I debuted for Jillaroos when I was 21 so a little after my teenage years and debuted for the Orchids the same year at the end of the year at the 2017 World Cup! It was unreal getting to put on both jerseys in the one year. I was really enjoying my footy and still new to the game that time so I put my best foot forward in every opportunity and came out having a really good year of footy.

3- You have a background in Rugby 7s, how does this help your Rugby League game?

I played 7’s a few years ago now but I think the awareness that I’ve gained from 7’s has helped transfer across to league. 

4- Having come back to Souths Logan Magpies this season, what is it like to pull on a Magpies jersey and play at Davies Park?

It is good to be home. I played my first game of rugby league for Souths in 2016 and had to move to brothers in 2017 because Souths didn’t have a team that year and again all it took was another phone call from Rob and I was back in the Magpie colours. 

5- You are a Registered Nurse and have been working full time while playing footy, how hard is it to balance the two especially given the current COVID pandemic?

It’s not easy juggling shift work with footy. I’m constantly coming off Night shifts and trying to rest in between training and doing proper recovery and then getting up and going again. Working during COVID has been mentally draining at times but I’m glad footy is back because I get to have fun and get in some Physical therapy with tackling as well as being surrounded by an awesome bunch of girls. Definitely healthy for my mental state.

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

I love the outdoors so I’m always looking out for the next mountain to climb or waterfall to swim or the next hike. On my days off I catch up with friends which mostly involve doing adventurous stuff before getting breaky or a coffee which I find very refreshing and it’s like pressing the restart button to get up and go again. There’s something about nature that keeps me going back for more. I also love a bit of quality time with my sisters. They are some of the funniest people I know so whenever we get together it’s always good to have a banter and have a laugh . It’s very good for the soul 

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