Queensland Cup


Queensland Cup
Queensland Cup
Queensland Cup logo
Sport Rugby league football
Inaugural season 1996
Number of teams 12
Country  Australia
Premiers Wynnum Manly Seagulls (2011)
Most titles Redcliffe Dolphins (5 titles)
Website Queensland Cup
Broadcast partner ABC1

The Queensland Cup is the premier rugby league football competition in the State of Queensland, Australia.

It is a statewide competition with the majority of teams based in South East Queensland but also including sides based in Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton.

The competition began in 1996 as a replacement for the Winfield State League, and as an accompaniment for the Brisbane Rugby League competition. The Queensland Cup become the premier competition in Queensland in 1998, when the BRL was disbanded.

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Club Information

An Easts Tigers player tackled by the Redcliffe Dolphins at Langlands Park
Team Home Ground City Joined Premierships NRL Affiliation
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Burleigh Bears Pizzey Park Gold Coast 1997 2 (99, 04) Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
Central Comets colours.svg Central Comets Browne Park Rockhampton 1996 Nil Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
Balmain colours.svg Easts Tigers Langlands Park Brisbane 1996 Nil Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
Ipswich Colours.svg Ipswich Jets North Ipswich Reserve Ipswich 1996 Nil Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
Mackay Cutters colours.svg Mackay Cutters Virgin Australia Stadium, Mackay Mackay 2007 Nil North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride RLFC Barlow Park Cairns 2007 1 (10) North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Norths Devils colours.svg Norths Devils Bishop Park Brisbane 1996 1 (98) Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins Dolphin Oval Redcliffe 1996 5 (97, 00, 02, 03, 06) Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
Souths-Logan Magpies Colours.svg Souths Logan Magpies Brandon Park
Davies Park
Brisbane
Logan
1996 1 (08) Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders
Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles Stockland Park Sunshine Coast 2009 1 (09) None
Western Suburbs colours.svg Tweed Heads Seagulls Piggabeen Sports Gold Coast 2003 1 (07) Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum Manly Seagulls Kougari Oval Brisbane 1996 1 (11) Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos

History of the Queensland Cup

The logo for the Channel Nine Cup
The logo for the Bundy Gold Cup

The Brisbane Rugby League

From the early 1920s to the 1970s, the Brisbane Rugby League premiership was the premier competition in the state, and was a thriving success boasting big crowds and large, loyal supporter bases with the respective clubs. Like its NSW counterpart, the clubs were constant, with new teams rarely entering the competition. Traditionally, the clubs were Valleys, Brothers, Norths, Souths, Wests, Easts, Redcliffe and Wynnum-Manly. However, when poker machines were introduced in New South Wales, but not in the Bjelke-Peterson Queensland, the NSWRL's clubs were able to entice Queensland players south of the Tweed with the lure of more money.

This, combined with the admission of non-Sydney teams like the Canberra Raiders and Illawarra Steelers, saw the NSWRL competition during the 1980s begin to supersede the Brisbane competition in popularity and media coverage. Also, other sports were establishing national competitions, and by 1986 the admission of a Brisbane team into the NSWRL had become inevitable. Finally in 1988 both the Brisbane Broncos and Gold Coast Giants gained entry.

Effect of the Brisbane Broncos on Rugby League in Queensland

Although the Broncos' signings of many great BRL players like Wally Lewis and Gene Miles got many Brisbanites behind the new team, there were severe ramifications on the local club scene. In the space of one season, the amount of coverage given to the competition in the three media forms dropped significantly, as did attendances at matches.

This had a severe flow on effect to the finances of many clubs, especially those in the inner-city whose demographics had changed significantly since the heyday of the BRL. Between 1988 and 1995 Valleys moved home 3 times, from Albion to the Tweed, back to Albion and finally to Caboolture, before eventually folding at the end of 1995. Other teams that suffered financial trouble and no longer play in the Queensland Cup include Valleys and Wests, while Souths and Logan merged in 2002 to form Souths-Logan.

The Beginning of the Queensland Cup

In 1996 the Queensland Cup began, replacing the Winfield State League, as new Federal Government Laws banned Cigarette companies from sponsoring sport. The Cup was initially branded the Channel Nine Cup, and to date, season 1996 was the most statewide competition in the Cup's history, with teams based in Cairns, Mackay, Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Ipswich and the Sunshine Coast. In 1998 Channel Nine did not continue their sponsorship, and the competition became known as the Queensland Cup. In 2000, Bundaberg Rum began a two-year sponsorship of the competition and it was known as the Bundy Gold Cup.

2005 saw the announcement of Wizard Home Loans becoming naming-rights sponsor for the competition. It was known as the Queensland Wizard Cup until 2008. In 2010, Intrust Super were announced as the new major sponsor.

2007 - Loss of the Clydesdales

Although the Queensland Rugby League had anticipated that the same teams from 2006 would participate in the 2007 Wizard Cup, it was announced on December 5, 2006 that the Toowoomba Clydesdales would be withdrawing from the competition for financial reasons. Brisbane Broncos chairman Bruno Cullen said that "It didn't make sense to have this club up there running at what was looking like a $250,000 loss for the year."[1] The following day it was announced that the Aspley Broncos would be replacing the Clydesdales, and acting as the Brisbane Broncos feeder club.[2] There is a possibility that an NRL team (possibly the Storm) may be based out of the Darling Downs (most likely Toowoomba) in the future but this has not been confirmed at this stage.

2008 - Northern Expansion

Logo of the Queensland Wizard Cup

2008 saw the Queensland Cup once again have teams based in the northern cities of Cairns and Mackay after absences of seven and twelve years, respectively. These new teams replaced the Aspley Broncos and North Queensland Young Guns as part of the rationalisation of rugby league below the NRL level caused by the introduction of the NRL under 20's competition.

The future

Shortly after signing a partnership with National Rugby League team the Manly Sea Eagles to develop rugby league on the Sunshine Coast,[3] the Sunshine Coast Falcons received approval for entry into the 2009 Queensland Cup from the Queensland Rugby League,[4] ultimately winning the premiership as the Sea Eagles in their first year. However, the future of the Sunshine Coast team, as well as the Souths Logan Magpies, is in jeopardy due to the NSWRL's insistence that Manly and Canberra must field their reserve-grade players in the NSW Cup competition from 2011.

The WA Reds and the PNG Bid Team may apply for the 2011 season as part of their plan to play in the NRL in 2012/13.[5]

The Competition

The Draw

The twelve teams play each other twice in a rotating roster running typically from the middle of March to the middle of August. This is known as the regular season. Unlike the National Rugby League, the Queensland Cup regular season is a true home-and-away format, in that each team plays every other team twice, once at home and once away.

The Rounds

Normally, there is a round each weekend, which involves six games. However, there are two split rounds in the season, where the round takes place over two weekends. This allows for representative games such as the City vs. Country fixture, as well as allowing more games to be shown on free-to-air television, on ABC-TV. Televised games kick off at 2pm on Saturdays.

Points and Ladder

The winner of each game per round is awarded two points on the League Ladder. If a game is drawn between the two teams, each team is awarded one point.

At the end of the regular season, the six teams with the highest point totals on the ladder qualify for the finals. In the event of two or more teams sharing the same competition points, the finishing order is decided by points differential i.e. points scored minus points conceded.

Finals Series

In 2009 the Queensland Cup introduced a six-team finals series (compared to five in previous years). The Grand Final is typically played in mid-September at its traditional home, Suncorp Stadium. Since 2007 the man-of-the-match in the grand final has received the Duncan Hall Medal.[6]

NRL Affiliation

The level of club rugby league in Queensland is of such a high standard that all clubs in the Queensland Wizard Cup have affiliation with a team in the Australian national competition the National Rugby League. This gives many young Queensland players the opportunity to be signed into the NRL. The following teams are affiliated with the listed NRL teams.

Media coverage

Although the Queensland Cup has never had the same amount of media coverage that the pre-Brisbane Broncos Brisbane Rugby League did, in recent years it has experienced a resurgence in interest from both the Queensland media and from casual fans alike.

Television

The match of the round is televised live on ABC Queensland at 2 pm (AEST) Saturdays, with the game being replayed nationally on ABC2 on Thursday nights at 11 pm (AEST). Fox Sports also shows a reply on Wednesday evenings.

Radio

In 2006, community broadcaster Bay FM began broadcasting Wynnum-Manly matches, and Wynnum won radio station Nova 106.9's "Club that Brisbane really really loves" award[citation needed].

Sponsorship

The competition has previously been named the Channel Nine Cup, Bundy Gold Cup and Queensland Wizard Cup, and is now known as the Intrust Super Cup.

Queensland Cup premiers

Season Grand Final Information Minor Premiers
Premiers Score Runner-Up Crowd
1996 Toowoomba Clydesdales colours.svg Toowoomba Clydesdales 8-6 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins 6,500 Toowoomba Clydesdales colours.svg Toowoomba Clydesdales
1997 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins 18-16 Balmain colours.svg Easts Tigers  ? Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum Manly Seagulls
1998 Norths Devils colours.svg Norths Devils 35-16 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Wests Panthers 4,283 Norths Devils colours.svg Norths Devils
1999 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Burleigh Bears 12-10 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins  ? Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins
2000 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins 14-6 Toowoomba Clydesdales colours.svg Toowoomba Clydesdales 7,280 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins
2001 Toowoomba Clydesdales colours.svg Toowoomba Clydesdales 28-26 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins 7,000 Toowoomba Clydesdales colours.svg Toowoomba Clydesdales
2002 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins 34-10 Ipswich Colours.svg Ipswich Jets 10,000 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins
2003 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins 31-18 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Burleigh Bears 8,000 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Burleigh Bears
2004 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Burleigh Bears 22-18+ Balmain colours.svg Easts Tigers 9,398 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Burleigh Bears
2005 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Young Guns 36-6 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Burleigh Bears 6,893 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Young Guns
2006 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins 27-6 Toowoomba Clydesdales colours.svg Toowoomba Clydesdales 5,538 Toowoomba Clydesdales colours.svg Toowoomba Clydesdales
2007 Western Suburbs colours.svg Tweed Heads Seagulls 28-18 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins 7,000 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Young Guns
2008 Souths-Logan Magpies Colours.svg Souths Logan Magpies 24-18 Ipswich Colours.svg Ipswich Jets c. 6,000 Ipswich Colours.svg Ipswich Jets
2009 Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles 32-18 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride c. 2,500 Souths-Logan Magpies Colours.svg Souths Logan Magpies
2010 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 30-20 Norths Devils colours.svg Norths Devils 6,300 Souths-Logan Magpies Colours.svg Souths Logan Magpies
2011 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum Manly Seagulls 16-10 Western Suburbs colours.svg Tweed Heads Seagulls 6,182 Western Suburbs colours.svg Tweed Heads Seagulls

+ after extra time

Player of the year

Year Player Club
1996 Robbie Schmidt Cairns Cyclones Colours.svg Cairns Cyclones
1997 Alan Wieland Wests Panthers Colours.svg Wests Panthers
1998 Shane Perry Hunter colours.svg Logan Scorpions
1999 Michael Roberts Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins
2000 Chris Lawler Ipswich Colours.svg Ipswich Jets
2001 Michael Roberts Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins
2002 Scott Thorburn Balmain colours.svg Easts Tigers
2003 Denny Lambert Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly Seagulls
2004 Jace Van Dijk Souths-Logan Magpies Colours.svg Souths Logan Magpies
2005 Ricky Bird Ipswich Colours.svg Ipswich Jets
2006 Brandon Costin Souths-Logan Magpies Colours.svg Souths Logan Magpies
2007 Shannon Walker Western Suburbs colours.svg Tweed Heads Seagulls
2008 Nat Bowman Central Comets colours.svg Central Comets
2009 Ian Lacey Ipswich Colours.svg Ipswich Jets
2010 Ryan Cullen Redcliffe Dolphins

Source[7]

Queensland Cup records

Retrieved from http://www.qrl.com.au/default.aspx?s=qldcup-stats. Records are current to the end of the 2009 season.

Most games

LINDSAY, Troy (Red) 270

COBURN, Danny (Ips) 239

ROBERTS, Michael (Red) 221

BURKE, Danny (Bro/Red) 219

O'FLANAGAN, Shane (Wes/Bur) 210

Most points

PARFITT, Nick (Too/Bur) 1187

BOURKE, Greg (Cns/Bur/Wyn/Red) 1150

CRESSBROOK, Reggie (Tvl/Bur/Ips) 1089

RICHTERS, Damian (SC/Red) 1030

WILSHERE, John (Nor/Eas) 896

Most tries

PARFITT, Nick (Too/Bur) 101

EGGLESTONE, Heath (Cen) 99

CULLEN, Ryan (Cen/Red) 94

CRESSBROOK, Reggie (Tvl/Bur/Ips) 89

PERRY, Shane (Bro/Log/Red) 88

Most wins in succession

16 Burleigh 1998 R 16-1999 R 9

16 Nth Qld (18 undefeated) 2005 R 10 - 2006 R3

Most losses in succession

28 Logan 2001 R17 - 2002 R 22

Most points in a season

274 John Wilshere, Norths 1998

Most tries in a season

34 Daniel Kennedy, Burleigh 2002

Previous teams

As the Queensland Cup initially began as a representative competition that took over the old Winfield State League before becoming a proper club competition, many of the following clubs are "representative" sides that either withdrew (in the case of the Central Queensland Capras, Mackay, Bundaberg, Gold Coast Vikings, etc.) or folded (Cairns Cyclones, Port Moresby Vipers, etc.).

Team Location Home Ground First year in
QLD Cup
Last year in
QLD Cup
QLD Cup
Premierships
Aspley Broncos colours.svg Aspley Broncos Brisbane Bishop Park 2007 2007 Nil
Brothers Valleys Colours.svg Brothers-Valleys Brisbane O'Callaghan Park 2004 2004 Nil
Bundaberg Colours.svg Bundaberg Grizzlies Bundaberg Salter Oval 1996 1998 Nil
Cairns Cyclones Colours.svg Cairns Cyclones Cairns Barlow Park 1996 2000 Nil
Central Comets colours.svg Central Capras Rockhampton Browne Park 1996 1997 Nil
Gold Coast Vikings Colours.svg Gold Coast Vikings Gold Coast Owen Park and Carrara Stadium 1998 1998 Nil
Hunter colours.svg Logan Scorpions Logan City Meakin Park 1996 2002 Nil
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Mackay Sea Eagles Mackay Mackay Junior Rugby League Ground 1996 1996 Nil
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Young Guns Townsville Dairy Farmers Stadium 2002 2007 2005
Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Brisbane Corbett Park, Crosby Park, Lang Park, ANZ Stadium 1996 1998 Nil
Port Moresby Vipers Colours.svg Port Moresby Vipers Port Moresby Lloyd Robson Oval 1996 1997 Nil
Western Suburbs colours.svg Souths Magpies Brisbane Davies Park 1996 2002 Nil
Sunshine Coast Colours.svg Sunshine Coast Falcons Sunshine Coast Quad Park 1996 1996 Nil
Canterbury colours.svg Townsville Stingers Townsville Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville Sports Reserve 1998 1998 Nil
Toowoomba Clydesdales colours.svg Toowoomba Clydesdales Toowoomba Athletic Oval (Clive Berghofer Stadium) 1996 2006 1996, 2001
Wests Panthers Colours.svg Wests Panthers Brisbane Purtell Park 1996 2003 Nil

See also

References

External links

Queensland Cup News

Queensland Rugby League forums


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