HERVEY Bay retained the George Baumann Memorial Shield after one of their best performances of the season.

The Seagulls dominated Wallaroos from the outset, and as they held a 24-0 halftime lead the eighth-round Bundaberg Rugby League was essentially over as a contest.

Two more converted tries after the break saw Hervey Bay hold a 36-0 lead, though the Maryborough club held on to score three tries of their own.

Their opening four-pointer is a contender for try of the year, as pint-sized fullback Joey Alberts shrugged off Seagulls winger Billy Stefaniuk, raced downfield, bamboozled the Seagulls chasers and somehow scored.

It was a rare highlight for Wallaroos as the Seagulls dictated play for much of the 80 minutes.

Halfback Clinton Horne showed shades of his younger self to shrug off a Wallaroos defender and score on a night from which he walked away with 18 points to his name.

His seven conversions (from seven attempts) ensured Wallaroos were kept out of the game.

HERVEY BAY SEAGULLS 42 (Boney, T Horne, C Horne, N Martyn, Dwyer, Elemani, Pedersen tries; C Horne 7 goals) def WALLAROOS 16 (L Waters, Alberts, Law tries; Horder 2 goals) at Stafford Park, Hervey Bay.