2019 Year in Review: Souths Logan Magpies

Souths Logan Magpies were tipped to be one of the top performing teams in the competition this season with some big signings, but failed to find form early in the season - ultimately costing them a spot in the finals. 

With the 2019 Intrust Super Cup season having drawn to a close, we take a look back through the year that was for all 14 clubs to see what went right, what went wrong, and what the clubs may focus on heading into the 2020 season. 

The 2019 Year in Review series continues with Souths Logan Magpies

The season by the numbers

Final position on the ladder

10th

Regular season 

  • Won: 7
  • Drawn: 1
  • Lost: 15

Home and away record

  • Home: 2-9
  • Away: 5-6

Scoring

  • Scored: 465
  • Conceded: 694
  • For and against: -229

Players in focus

Standout player

Matt Soper-Lawler joined the Magpies in 2019, after two seasons with the Sunshine Coast Falcons where he scored 31 tries in 44 games. The 23-year-old flyer was consistently the Magpies' best player, topping the competition for tries scored and taking out Magpies Best Back and Most Valuable Player award for the 2019 season. 

Matt Soper-Lawler.
Matt Soper-Lawler.

Tries: 23

Line breaks: 13

Tackle breaks: 44

Tackles: 84

Tackle efficiency: 73.7 per cent

Average run metres: 101.5 metres

Notable player achievements and milestones

  • Shaun Fensom – Magpies Best Forward 
  • Matt Soper Lawler – 50 Intrust Super Cup games, Magpies Best Back, Most Valuable Player, Top Try Scorer and Intrust Super Cup Top Try Scorer
  • Cameron Booth – Magpies Player of the Year 
  • Guy Hamilton – Magpies Top Points Scorer and 500 Intrust Super Cup points
  • Tesi Niu – Queensland Under 20s, Queensland Under 18s and Tonga World Cup 9s squad
  • Phil Dennis – 250 games for Souths Logan Magpies
Guy Hamilton.
Guy Hamilton.

Key factors to season result 

Poor start to the season

The Magpies were tipped to be one of the top performing teams in the competition this season, after adding some big names to their roster in the off season such as Soper-Lawler, Linc Port and Alex Bishop. The Magpies failed to find form over the opening fixtures, winning just two games from their opening 14 games. This losing streak ultimately cost them a shot at the finals, with the Magpies finishing the regular season in 10th position, just three wins outside the Top 8.

Looking ahead to 2020

If the Magpies are to be successful in 2020, they need to start the season with some early victories. The Brisbane Broncos feeder club will also have to recruit well in the off season, having already lost key personnel Brendon Gibb to retirement, Phil Dennis and Linc Port to the Easts Tigers.

The Magpies have some promising young talent in the form of Tesi Niu, and if they are able to capitalise on that, they will be sure to finish higher on the ladder in 2020. 

2019 Year in Review series