RD 14: Mendi Blackhawks Bounce Back With Win Over The Magpies

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Edward Hampson scores for the Mendi Blackhawks in their dominant win in round 14 of the Hosplus Plus Cup.  Photo Alix Sweeney



Celebrating Women in League, the Mendi Blackhawks hosted the South Logan Magpies in round 14 of the Hostplus Cup.

The Mendi Blackhawks were first to score in only the third minute of the game through Edward Hampson, in only his second Hostplus game. Hampton palmed his defenders away to clear a path to the try line and the conversion attempt by Shaun Nona was successful.

Mendi Blackhawks Zac Laybutt caught a cut out pass which saw him zip through a gap to score and Nona’s kick was successful.

Tomas Chester was able to score as he grounded the ball in the in goal as the Magpies were unable to gather the ball on the kick return and the conversion was successful.

Mendi Blackhawks debutant Edene Gebbie scored much to the delight of the vocal home ground, catching a cut out pass to plant the ball down in the corner.

Zac Laybutt scored his for second for the day, soaring above his competition to win the contest for the ball, planting it down and the conversion was successful.

The Mendi Blackhawks opened the floodgates with Cade Maloney crashed over after catching an inside ball from Robert Lui and Shaun Nona’s kick was successful.

At the conclusion of the first half, the score stood at 34-0 in favour of the Mendi Blackhawks.

The Mendi Blackhawks continued their hard efforts for the first half as Tomas Chester scored his second try, reaching out over the line to score.

Kyle Laybutt then ran through his opponents to score under the post and the conversion was successful.

Tomas Chester continued to put his talent on display for his home crowd as he scored a hattrick to extend the Mendi Blackhawks lead and the conversion was successful.

The Mendi Blackhawks faced an issue when Edene Gebbie was placed on report for a dangerous contact and was sent to the bin for 10 minutes.

Despite being a man down, the Mendi Blackhawks were still able to slip through the Magpies defence as Kalifa Faifai-Loa scored his first of two, diving over in the corner.

The Mendi Blackhawks continued to dominate the game with Emry Pere crashing over the line as he was unable to be stopped and the kick was successful.

The Mendi Blackhawks kept up their intensity as Michael Bell fought his way to score in the corner and the conversion waved away.

The Mendi Blackhawks closed the scoring for the game with a try from Kalifa Faifai-Loa as he scored a double as he scooped up a loose ball and the kick by Nona was successful.

The Mendi Blackhawks took away a dominant win with a final score of 72-0.

Mendi Blackhawks debut Edene Gebbie praised his team for their efforts today.

“I think everyone played well today and turned up for each other,” Gebbie said.

“It was a fast paced game but we were most happy with our defence today, as was our Coach.”

“Personally, I’ve been working hard all year so it was great to run out with the boys today.”

“Now I just want to keep working and training hard.”

“When Aaron told me I was playing today, I was shocked and said “Are you kidding?”, but he wasn’t.”

“I text my Dad to tell him and he just told me to do my best and do what I love.”

“I want to thank everyone who has followed me up to the point, I have received so many messages.”

The Mendi Blackhawks are set to play the Burleigh Bears for Round 15.

The South Logan Magpies are off to play the Brisbane Tigers for Round 15.


  • Edward Hampson 3′
  • Zac Laybutt 11′
  • Tomas Chester 13′
  • Edene Gebbie 23′
  • Zac Laybutt 27′
  • Cade Maloney 36′
  • Tomas Chester 43′
  • Kyle Laybutt 48′
  • Tomas Chester 51′
  • Kalifa Faifai-Loa 63′
  • Emry Pere 69′
  • Michael Bell 73′
  • Kalifa Faifai-Loa 77′


  • Shaun Nona 10/13