Wynnum Manly Seagulls Hostplus Cup coach Adam Brideson has named a host of local juniors to make their senior debuts in the Wynnum Manly's first hit-out of the season against the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday, February 12, at BMD Kougari Oval.
Local juniors Max Plath, Ethan Malt and Braden Whittaker are set to make their senior team debuts after playing in the winning Hastings Deering Colts team last year, as is Kyle Coghill, who returns from a stint with Brisbane Tigers.
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After a delayed start to 2021 due to a knee injury, Plath - son of former Wynnum Manly and Broncos player John Plath - had a huge finish to the season, securing the Colts’ grand final win with an extra-time field goal.
There are also a number of new players playing their first game for Wynnum Manly, including Bailey Hartwig, Brandon Jackonia and Caleb Daunt, while Dredin Sorensen returns to the club after two years in New Zealand.
The Broncos named a strong team earlier in the week with a host of NRL experience and the Wynnum Manly's large squad will all be vying for positions following a successful 2021 season.
Overall, eight members of the premiership-winning Colts team will play in the match as they look to secure a position in the Hostplus Cup team for the 2022 season.
10.30am: Gates open
11.15am: Harvey Norman Women’s Under 19 Girls – Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Norths Devils
12.50pm: Cyril Connell Challenge – Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Norths Devils
2.15pm: Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup – Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Norths Devils
4pm: NRL trial match – Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Brisbane Broncos
Wynnum Manly Seagulls squad for Brisbane Broncos trial