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WYNNUM SEAGULLS 52 defeat SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 22
A man who stands 175cm and weighs 40kg less than some teammates could become the first player in Queensland Cup history to break the barrier of 100 State League tries.
After being dropped earlier this season, only to be recalled, Wynnum?s mighty midget Brett McPherson will have overcome plenty of adversary if he can achieve the feat.
A double in Sunday?s 52-22 win against Souths Logan moves McPherson to a combined 84 tries from his stints with both the Seagulls and Easts.
He trails only Heath Egglestone, who retired on 99 Queensland Cup tries at the end of last season. Egglestone remains a potent attacking weapon for Mackay District club Moranbah, but at least for now, is out of the race to reach the Century mark.
McPherson?s biggest worry instead looms in the form of Burleigh fullback Reggie Cressbrook, who has scored 10 tries this season and looks set to smash several pointscoring records.
Cressbrook has advanced his career total to 79 State League tries, overtaking Redcliffe?s Shane Perry (76) and Phil Shilvock (75) and putting distance back to Greg Bourke (70), Aseri Laing (66) and Aaron Barba (66).
Yet while the sideshow of milestones takes place, Wynnum coach Neil Wharton will be far more mindful of the club?s precarious standing on the ladder.
Following the victory over the Magpies, the Seagulls are in fourth place on the ladder and have won four of their last five matches.
Wynnum recovered from conceding first points against Souths Logan to lead 24-4 at the break and then built an unassailable lead. With two tries and six goals, Damien Quinn became the first player to score more than 400 Queensland Cup points for Wynnum
Most pundits have tipped the Baysiders to finish the season stronger than they started, however a bye next weekend is followed by a trot against Redcliffe, Toowoomba, North Queensland and Norths.
If the table remains as tight as it is at present, Wynnum?s standing could come down to a final round fixture against ladder leader Burleigh.
Souths Logan, sitting tenth but only a win behind Ipswich, is at home to Redcliffe next Sunday, with kick-off at 3pm.
WYNNUM 52 (Jim Ahmat 2, Damien Quinn 2, Brett McPherson 2, Daniel Sorbello, Simon Phillips, Michael Rose, Gary Winter tries; Damien Quinn 6 tries)
SOUTHS LOGAN 22 (Matt Bell, Bob Blair, Stan Fau tries; Craig Chapman 3 goals)
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