Tannum Sands Seagull Joe Vickery goes down in a tackle during the Mark Murphy Memorial Shield, which the Seagulls finally won after numerous defeats.
Tannum Sands Seagull Joe Vickery goes down in a tackle during the Mark Murphy Memorial Shield, which the Seagulls finally won after numerous defeats. Luka Kauzlaric

Seagulls finally fly off with Murphy memorial shield

FINALLY etching their name on the Mark Murphy Memorial Shield, the Tannum Sands Seagulls A-grade side was ecstatic on Saturday to finally deliver what the club had been hoping for.

Club man Murphy passed away four years ago, leading to the committee naming the shield in his honour, and the Seagulls have been waiting until now to finally knock off Brothers for the right to hold the shield.

After watching the under-18s fall six points short in the Hayden Curry Cup, Tannum Sands then had to endure another emotionally-draining defeat in Reserve Grade, going down by just two points.

So it all came down to the top flight team, with Murphy's son Luke playing in the forwards, and the Seagulls were able to find their way to a 14-12 victory in another nail-biter.

The win capped off an emotional day for the Tannum Sands Seagulls, after earlier in the juniors the under-11s side wore black arm bands in memory of Kash Longmuir, who passed away recently following a battle with leukaemia.

Kash's brother Dylan plays for the Seagulls, and the young players themselves thought up the idea in support of the Longmuir family.



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