With the 2018 Intrust Super Cup season having drawn to a close – QRL Media have decided to take a look back through the year for all 14 clubs to see what went right, what went wrong and what the club are likely to focus on going forward into the 2019 season.
The series kicked off last week with remaining clubs to feature on QRL.com.au in coming weeks.
More in the Intrust Super Cup Year in Review series
The Season By-The-Numbers
Final Position on Ladder: 12th
Regular Season Win %:
- Won: 9
- Draw: 0
- Lost: 14
Home and Away Record:
- Home: 3-8
- Away: 6-6
- Scored: 472
- Conceded: 593
- F/A: -121
Players in Focus
Standout Player: Daniel Ogden
- Tries: 19
- Line Breaks: 23
- Try Assists: 9
- Average Run M: 124m
- Tackle Breaks: 99
Highlight: Wynnum Manly claim a 24-22 win in their ‘Flockbuster’ against Tweed Heads at Ron Stark Oval - Stradbroke Island in Round 17
Notable Player Achievements and Milestones
- Daniel Ogden (Leading try scorer Intrust Super Cup 2018 with 19 [alongside Michael Purcell] and became the overall competition leading try scorer)
- Pat Carrigan (appointed captain of the Queensland Under 20 and selected to represent the Junior Kangaroos [Australian Under 20s] in their Trans-Tasman Test)
Key Factor: Inconsistency
The defining factor for the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in 2018 was their inconsistent performances. Wynnum Manly struggled to back up their winning results, only securing back-to-back victories in games on two occasions in 2018. The Seagulls also struggled to win games at home, only claiming three wins from eleven games at BMD Kougari Oval. Of these 3 home victories, 2 occurred within the final 4 rounds of the competition.
Looking ahead to 2019
If Wynnum Manly Seagulls can play more consistent footy next year – and improve on their home game win record, they’ll be a more than competitive side in 2019.
Wynnum Manly wrecking ball Pat Carrigan has been a revelation in 2018, whilst young play maker and Hastings Deering Colts Player of the Year Shannon Gardiner will be pushing for a starting spot in the Intrust Super Cup side for Round 1.
There is a lot to look forward to in 2019 if you’re a Wynnum Manly fan and if they can build around these two young talents, they will be a tough side to face in 2019.