The QRL Media Year in Review series continues with the Souths Logan Magpies. After charging up the ladder early in the season with some impressive wins; injuries at key times to key players made it hard for the Magpies to claim much-needed wins.
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 two weeks ago with remaining clubs to feature on QRL.com.au in coming weeks.
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The Season By-The-Numbers:
Final Position on Ladder: 9th
Regular Season Win %:
- Won: 10
- Draw: 0
- Lost: 13
Home and Away Record:
- Home: 6-6
- Away: 4-7
- Scored: 534
- Conceded: 499
- F/A: 35
Players in Focus:
Standout Player: Guy Hamilton
- Tries: 5
- Try Assists: 15
- Line Break Assists: 19
- Forced Drop Outs: 9
- Average Kick M: 150m
Notable Player Mentions: Sam Scarlett, Brendon Gibb and Corey Allan
Highlight: Souths Logan Magpies upset a PNG Hunters side on home soil (Round 7)
Notable Player Achievements:
- Guy Hamilton (Top Point Scorer Intrust Super Cup 2018)
- David Fifita (NRL debut -Brisbane Broncos in Round 16; Queensland Under 18 selection)
- Thomas Flegler (Queensland Under 20 and Junior Kangaroos selection)
- Pat Mago (XXXX Queensland Residents selection)
- Corey Allan (Queensland Under 20 and Junior Kangaroos and PM XIII selection)
- Phil Dennis (most ever Intrust Super Cup games >> Read More --> In his own words)
- Brendon Gibb – Club Player of the Year (Souths Logan Magpies)
Key Factor: Poor second half of season
Souths Logan had an excellent start to their 2018 campaign, however faded away towards the back end of the season. After 12 Rounds of the competition, the Magpies were sitting in second position on the ladder, having won eight of their first 11 games. However, after Round 12, Souths Logan began a downward spiral, winning just two of 11 remaining games between Rounds 13-24.
Looking ahead to 2019:
The Magpies showed glimpses of their potential in 2018, particularly in attack. There were also one of only two teams (along with the PNG Hunters) that were able to maintain a positive for and against outside of the Top 6.
For next season, Souths Logan have re-signed 2018 Leading Points Scorer Guy Hamilton, and have recently signed Sunshine Coast flyer Matt Soper-Lawler. These two players will add another dimension to their attack, and are a real positive for the club looking forward into next year. If the club can maintain their form for the most part season, they will be a competitive side in 2019.