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Queensland Cup

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Queensland Cup
Current season or competition:
2021 Queensland Cup
2021 Intrust Super Cup logo.png
SportRugby league
Inaugural season1996
ChairmanBruce Hatcher
Number of teams14
Countries Australia
 Papua New Guinea
Premiers
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Burleigh Bears (4th title) (2019)
Most titles
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins (6 titles)
Websitewww.qrl.com.au
Broadcast partner

The Queensland Cup, currently known as the Intrust Super Cup for sponsorship reasons, is the highest-level regional rugby league football competition in Queensland, Australia. It is run by the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) and is contested by fourteen teams, twelve of which are based in Queensland, with one based in New South Wales and one in Papua New Guinea.

The competition is the present-day embodiment of Queensland's top-level club competition. It replaced the Winfield State League in 1996 and accompanied the Brisbane Rugby League, before becoming the premier competition in 1998, following the disbanding of the Brisbane Rugby League.

History

Origin and establishment

Since its inaugural season in 1922, the Brisbane Rugby League was the premier competition in the state of Queensland. Like its counterpart, the Sydney Rugby Football League, the Brisbane Rugby League was thriving, boasting big crowds and large, loyal supporter bases with their respective clubs. The clubs were constant, with new teams rarely entering the competition. However, in 1956, when poker machines ("pokies") were introduced in New South Wales but not in Queensland, Sydney's clubs were able to recruit the best players from Brisbane, Rugby Union and overseas. Within the space of several years, the Sydney Rugby League had come to dominate the code within Australia.

In the 1980s, the NSWRFL began to further expand and supersede the Brisbane competition in popularity and media coverage. In 1982, the first clubs based outside of Sydney, the Canberra Raiders and Illawarra Steelers, were admitted. In 1988, two Queensland-based sides, the Brisbane Broncos and Gold Coast Giants, were formed and gained entry into the competition. The Broncos would sign Brisbane Rugby League stars like Wally Lewis, Gene Miles and Allan Langer. In the space of one season, media coverage and match attendance for the Brisbane Rugby League dropped significantly.

1996–1997: The beginning

In 1996, the Queensland Cup was formed, replacing the Winfield State League, as new federal government laws banned cigarette companies from sponsoring sport. Originally branded the Channel Nine Cup, the 15 round regular season competition featured sixteen teams, fifteen from Queensland and one from Papua New Guinea. At this time it was still considered as the second highest competition in the state, under the Brisbane Rugby League. The Toowoomba Clydesdales were crowned the inaugural premiers, defeating the Redcliffe Dolphins in the Grand Final. In 1997, three teams withdrew from the competition and the Burleigh Bears joined, becoming the first Gold Coast-based side.

1998–2002: Premier competition

In 1998, the competition became the top level of rugby league in the state, following the end of the Brisbane Rugby League. Channel Nine also ended their sponsorship for the 1998 season, with competition going under name, the Queensland Cup. A sixteen-team competition returned in 1998, with the Bundaberg Grizzlies rejoining and the Gold Coast Vikings being formed.

In 1999, the Grizzlies and Vikings both left the competition, as well as inaugural club Brisbane Brothers and the Townsville Stingers, who played just one season.

In 2000, Bundaberg Rum began a two-year sponsorship of the competition and it was known as the Bundy Gold Cup. The 2000 season was also the first in which all twelve teams remained from the season prior. It would not last long though, as the Cairns Cyclones folded after the 2000 season, leaving no north Queensland representation in the competition. In 2002, the North Queensland Young Guns, a Townsville-based North Queensland Cowboys feeder club, were admitted into the competition. At the end of the 2002 season, the Logan Scorpions, an inaugural club, left the competition.

2003–2006: Interstate expansion

In 2003, the Tweed Heads Seagulls joined the competition, becoming the first New South Wales-based side. The club had originally applied for the 2002 season but were unsuccessful. However, following a merger of the Logan Scorpions and Souths Magpies to form the Souths Logan Magpies, a spot was opened up and Tweed Heads were admitted.[1] Another inaugural club would leave the competition in 2004, with the Wests Panthers exiting, and Brothers-Valleys, a merger of Past Brothers and the Fortitude Valley Diehards, joining for a single season.

In 2005, the competition became known as the Queensland Wizard Cup, after Wizard Home Loans became the major sponsor.

2007: Loss of the Clydesdales

Although the QRL had anticipated that the same teams from 2006 would participate in the 2007 competition, it was announced on 5 December 2006 that inaugural club, the Toowoomba Clydesdales, who were the reigning minor premiers, 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."[2] The following day it was announced that the Aspley Broncos would be replacing the Clydesdales, and acting as the Brisbane Broncos feeder club.[3] The Aspley Broncos would play just a single season in the competition.

The 2007 season marked the first time a team outside of Queensland would win the competition, with the Tweed Heads Seagulls defeating the Redcliffe Dolphins in the Grand Final.[4]

2008–2013: Further expansion

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 Aspley and North Queensland as part of the rationalisation of rugby league below the NRL level caused by the introduction of the NRL under 20s competition.

In 2009, the Sunshine Coast Falcons rejoined the competition after thirteen-year absence, after signing a partnership with the Manly Sea Eagles to develop rugby league on the Sunshine Coast.[5][6] The side played as the Sea Eagles and won the premiership in their first year.

In 2010, Intrust Super was announced as the new major sponsor, with the competition becoming known as the Intrust Super Cup.[7] From 2009 to 2013, the competition featured the same twelve teams for five straight seasons.

2014–present: Papua New Guinea and Townsville return

In 2014, the PNG Hunters entered the competition, becoming the first Papua New Guinea based side in the competition since the Port Moresby Vipers in 1997. In their inaugural season, the side was based out of the East New Britain town of Kokopo. On 10 September 2014, QRL chairman Peter Betros announced that the Brothers Townsville-led Townsville Blackhawks bid had been successful and the side would compete in the 2015 season.

On 5 October 2014, the Northern Pride became the first Queensland Cup side to win the NRL State Championship, defeating the heavily favoured Penrith Panthers New South Wales Cup side in the inaugural final.[8]

In 2017, the Hunters won their first Queensland Cup premiership, defeating the Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Grand Final and becoming the first team outside of Australia, and the second from outside of Queensland to win the competition.[9]

On 27 March 2020, after round one of the season was completed, the 2020 Intrust Super Cup competition was suspended, and subsequently cancelled for the first time in its history due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with no premiers being crowned.[10] In September 2020, the Easts Tigers re-branded as the Brisbane Tigers for the 2021 season onward. The Tigers had played under the Easts name since the formation of the Queensland Cup in 1996.[11]

Clubs

The Queensland Cup consists of 14 teams, eight in South East Queensland, three from North Queensland, and one each from Central Queensland, Northern New South Wales and Papua New Guinea. The league operates on a single group system, with no divisions or conferences and no relegation and promotion from other leagues. A number of clubs in the Queensland Cup have an affiliation with a team in the Australian national competition, the National Rugby League.

Queensland Cup Teams for 2021 season

Queensland Cup
Colours Club Est. Joined* City/Town Stadium Titles Last Colours NRL affiliate
Balmain colours.svg
Brisbane Tigers 1917 1996 Brisbane Langlands Park 0 -
Melbourne colours.svg
Melbourne Storm
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Burleigh Bears 1934 1997 Gold Coast Pizzey Park 4 2019
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg
Gold Coast Titans
Central Comets colours.svg
Central Queensland Capras 1996 1996 Rockhampton Browne Park 0 -
Brisbane colours.svg
Brisbane Broncos
Ipswich Colours.svg
Ipswich Jets 1982 1996 Ipswich North Ipswich Reserve 1 2015
Newcastle colours.svg
Newcastle Knights
Mackay Cutters colours.svg
Mackay Cutters 2007 2008 Mackay BB Print Stadium Mackay 1 2013
North Queensland colours.svg
North Queensland Cowboys
Northern Pride colours.png
Northern Pride 2007 2008 Cairns Barlow Park 2 2014
North Queensland colours.svg
North Queensland Cowboys
Norths Devils colours.svg
Norths Devils 1933 1996 Brisbane Pathion Park 1 1998
Brisbane colours.svg
Brisbane Broncos
Port Moresby Vipers Colours.svg
Papua New Guinea Hunters 2013 2014 Port Moresby National Football Stadium 1 2017
Papua New Guinea colours.svg
None
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins 1947 1996 Redcliffe Dolphin Stadium 6 2018
New Zealand colours.svg
New Zealand Warriors
Souths-Logan Magpies Colours.svg
Souths Logan Magpies 1918 2003 Brisbane Davies Park 1 2008
Brisbane colours.svg
Brisbane Broncos
Sunshine Coast Colours.svg
Sunshine Coast Falcons 1996 2008 Sun. Coast Sunshine Coast Stadium 1 2009
Melbourne colours.svg
Melbourne Storm
Townsville Blackhawks colours.png
Townsville Blackhawks 2014 2015 Townsville Jack Manski Oval 0 -
North Queensland colours.svg
North Queensland Cowboys
Western Suburbs colours.svg
Tweed Heads Seagulls 1909 2003 Tweed Heads Piggabeen Sports Complex 1 2007
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg
Gold Coast Titans
Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 1951 1996 Brisbane BMD Kougari Oval 2 2012
Brisbane colours.svg
Brisbane Broncos
* The season the team joined the competition in its current form and consecutive tenure.

Previous clubs

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 were "representative" sides that either withdrew (in the case of Mackay and Bundaberg) or folded (Cairns Cyclones and Port Moresby Vipers).

Queensland Cup
Colours Club Est. First Season Last Season City/Town Stadium Titles Last Reason/s
Aspley Broncos colours.svg
Aspley Broncos 1967 2007 2007 Brisbane Bishop Park 0 - Departed
Brothers Colours.svg
Brisbane Brothers 1929 1996 1998 Brisbane Corbett Park 0 - Folded
Brothers Valleys Colours.svg
Brothers-Valleys 2002 2004 2004 Brisbane O'Callaghan Park 0 - Folded
Bundaberg Colours.svg
Bundaberg Grizzlies 1996 1996 1998 Bundaberg Salter Oval 0 - Departed
Cairns Cyclones Colours.svg
Cairns Cyclones 1996 1996 2000 Cairns Barlow Park 0 - Folded
Gold Coast Vikings Colours.svg
Gold Coast Vikings 1982 1998 1998 Gold Coast Carrara Stadium 0 - Folded
Hunter colours.svg
Logan Scorpions 1987 1996 2002 Logan Meakin Park 0 - Merged
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Mackay Sea Eagles 1996 1996 1996 Mackay Mackay JRL Ground 0 - Folded
North Queensland colours.svg
N. Queensland Young Guns 2002 2002 2007 Townsville Dairy Farmers Stadium 1 2005 Folded
Port Moresby Vipers Colours.svg
Port Moresby Vipers 1986 1996 1997 Port Moresby Lloyd Robson Oval 0 - Departed
Canterbury colours.svg
Townsville Stingers 1998 1998 1998 Townsville Townsville Sports Reserve 0 - Departed
Toowoomba Clydesdales colours.svg
Toowoomba Clydesdales 1996 1996 2006 Toowoomba Clive Berghofer Stadium 2 2001 Departed
Wests Panthers Colours.svg
Wests Panthers 1915 1996 2003 Brisbane Purtell Park 0 - departed
* Brisbane Brothers played as the Pine Rivers Brothers from 1996 to 1997.

Season structure

An Easts Tigers player tackled by the Redcliffe Dolphins at Langlands Park
An Easts Tigers player tackled by the Redcliffe Dolphins at Langlands Park

Pre-season

The Queensland Cup pre-season typically begins in February and ends in early March. Clubs generally use this time to organise trial matches to test playing combinations. Usually, Queensland Cup teams will play each other in trials, while some face National Rugby League (NRL) sides. For example, in 2018, the Brisbane Broncos played trial matches against the Central Queensland Capras and PNG Hunters.[12][13]

Regular season

The Queensland Cup regular season usually begins in early March and runs until late August. A round of regular season games is played every weekend for twenty-four weeks. In most rounds, matches are played on Saturday nights/afternoons and Sunday afternoons. Each team receives one bye during the regular season.

The regular season also features a number of themed rounds, where proceeds from the games go to various charities. In 2018, these rounds included ANZAC Round, Indigenous Round, Men of League Round, Women in League Round, "Turn to Me" Round and the annual Country Week.[14]

Country Week

The Queensland Cup has the largest regional footprint of any professional sporting code in Queensland, hosting regular season and trial matches over a large geographical footprint.

It is also unique amongst professional sporting competitions in Australia, since 2012 in partnership with the Queensland Government the Queensland Cup has taken matches to regional Queensland, country towns and cities, to engage fans at a grassroots level. This round usually takes place in July.

Locations which have hosted Country Week games include:

  • 2012: Moranbah, Blackwater, Mount Isa, Kilcoy
  • 2013: Roma, Whitsundays, Woodford, Toowoomba, Yarrabah
  • 2014: Longreach, Emerald, Moranbah, Mareeba, Kingaroy, Kokopo (Papua New Guinea)
  • 2015: Dalby, Blackall, Bundaberg, Charters Towers, Innisfail, Stanthorpe
  • 2016: Barcaldine, Charleville, Gympie, Ravenshoe, Mount Isa, Moranbah
  • 2017: Bamaga, Clermont, Winton, Mundubbera, St George, Julia Creek
  • 2018: Goondiwindi, Maryborough, Cooktown, Normanton, Bowen, Hughenden and Lae (Papua New Guinea)
  • 2019: Pittsworth, Thursday Island, Ingham, Nanango and Illfracombe
  • 2020: Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

In addition to this round games have also been played in regional locations during regular rounds in: Bamaga, Biloelia, Atherton, Hervey Bay, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Barcaldine, Emerald, Woorabinda, Lae (Papua New Guinea) and Stradbroke Island.

Finals Series

The eight highest placed teams at the end of the regular season compete in the finals series. The system consists of a number of games between the top eight teams over four weeks in September, until only two teams remain. These two teams then contest the Grand Final, which is usually played in late September. Over the years, the Queensland Cup has used a number of different finals series systems, usually involving five to six[15] and now eight teams. In 2019, the current eight team final series system will be adopted.

Grand Final

The Queensland Cup Grand Final, which determines the season's premiers, is one of the state's major sporting events. It is usually contested at Suncorp Stadium, having been held there annually since 2014, although other venues have been used, such as Dolphin Stadium, North Ipswich Reserve and Sunshine Coast Stadium.

The Grand Final had traditionally been played on Saturday afternoons, until moving to Sunday afternoons beginning in 2010.

Since 2007, the player judged to be the man-of-the-match is awarded the prestigious Duncan Hall Medal.[16]

NRL State Championship Match

Since 2014, The QLD Cup Grand Final Match has been played on the same day as the NSW Cup Grand Final, the weekend prior to the NRL Grand Final, allowing for the creation of the NRL State Championship which saw the QLD Cup premiers face off against the NSW Cup Premiers as a curtain raiser to the NRL Grand Final, originally following the National Youth Competition Grand Final from 2014 to 2017 [17][18] and following the NRL Women's Grand Final since 2018.[19][20] In 2019 the NRL State Championship was played prior the NRL Women's Grand Final.

Champions:
Queensland colours.svg
Queensland Cup

Premiership winners

Season Grand Finals Minor Premiers
Premiers Score Runners-up Venue Premiers Points
1996
Toowoomba Clydesdales colours.svg
Toowoomba Clydesdales (1st title)
8 – 6
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins
Suncorp Stadium
Toowoomba Clydesdales colours.svg
Toowoomba Clydesdales
23
1997
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins (1st)
18 – 16
Balmain colours.svg
Eastern Suburbs Tigers
Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg
Wynnum Manly Seagulls
29
1998
Norths Devils colours.svg
Northern Suburbs Devils (1st)
35 – 16
Wests Panthers Colours.svg
Western Suburbs Panthers
Norths Devils colours.svg
Northern Suburbs Devils
33
1999
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Burleigh Bears (1st)
12 – 10
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins
35
2000
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins (2nd)
14 – 6
Toowoomba Clydesdales colours.svg
Toowoomba Clydesdales
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins
38
2001
Toowoomba Clydesdales colours.svg
Toowoomba Clydesdales (2nd)
28 – 26
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins
Dolphin Oval
Toowoomba Clydesdales colours.svg
Toowoomba Clydesdales
41
2002
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins (3rd)
34 – 10
Ipswich Colours.svg
Ipswich Jets
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins
36
2003
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins (4th)
31 – 18
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Burleigh Bears
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Burleigh Bears
33
2004
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Burleigh Bears (2nd)
22 – 18
Balmain colours.svg
Eastern Suburbs Tigers
Suncorp Stadium
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Burleigh Bears
34
2005
North Queensland colours.svg
North Queensland Young Guns (1st)
36 – 6
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Burleigh Bears
North Queensland colours.svg
North Queensland Young Guns
33
2006
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins (5th)
27 – 6
Toowoomba Clydesdales colours.svg
Toowoomba Clydesdales
Toowoomba Clydesdales colours.svg
Toowoomba Clydesdales
32
2007
Western Suburbs colours.svg
Tweed Heads Seagulls (1st)
28 – 18
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins
North Queensland colours.svg
North Queensland Young Guns
34
2008
Souths-Logan Magpies Colours.svg
Souths Logan Magpies (1st)
24 – 18
Ipswich Colours.svg
Ipswich Jets
North Ipswich Reserve
Ipswich Colours.svg
Ipswich Jets
36
2009
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles (1st)
32 – 18
Northern Pride colours.png
Northern Pride
Stockland Park
Souths-Logan Magpies Colours.svg
Souths Logan Magpies
32
2010
Northern Pride colours.png
Northern Pride (1st)
30 – 20
Norths Devils colours.svg
Northern Suburbs Devils
Suncorp Stadium
Souths-Logan Magpies Colours.svg
Souths Logan Magpies
34
2011
Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg
Wynnum Manly Seagulls (1st)
16 – 10
Western Suburbs colours.svg
Tweed Heads Seagulls
Western Suburbs colours.svg
Tweed Heads Seagulls
41
2012
Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg
Wynnum Manly Seagulls (2nd)
20 – 10
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins
34
2013
Mackay Cutters colours.svg
Mackay Cutters (1st)
27 – 20
Balmain colours.svg
Eastern Suburbs Tigers
North Ipswich Reserve
Northern Pride colours.png
Northern Pride
38
2014
Northern Pride colours.png
Northern Pride (2nd)
36 – 4
Balmain colours.svg
Eastern Suburbs Tigers
Suncorp Stadium
Northern Pride colours.png
Northern Pride
44
2015
Ipswich Colours.svg
Ipswich Jets (1st)
32 – 20
Townsville Blackhawks colours.png
Townsville Blackhawks
Townsville Blackhawks colours.png
Townsville Blackhawks
43
2016
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Burleigh Bears
(3rd)
26 – 16
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins
40
2017
Port Moresby Vipers Colours.svg
PNG Hunters
(1st)
12 – 10
Sunshine Coast Colours.svg
Sunshine Coast Falcons
Port Moresby Vipers Colours.svg
PNG Hunters
39
2018
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins
(6th)
36 – 22
Balmain colours.svg
Eastern Suburbs Tigers
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins
35
2019
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Burleigh Bears (4th)
28 – 10
Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg
Wynnum Manly Seagulls
Dolphin Stadium
Sunshine Coast Colours.svg
Sunshine Coast Falcons
43
2020
Season cancelled[21]
2021
Dolphin Stadium

List of most successful clubs

Teams are ranked in order of premierships won, grand final runners up then minor premierships won. To see the complete list of Queensland Cup records, see List of Queensland Cup records. Team names in bold are the teams currently playing in the Queensland Cup

Club Premierships Runners-up Minor Premierships
1
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins
6 (1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2018) 6 (1996, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2012, 2016) 6 (1999, 2000, 2002, 2012, 2016, 2018)
2
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Burleigh Bears
4 (1999, 2004, 2016, 2019) 2 (2003, 2005) 2 (2003, 2004)
3
Toowoomba Clydesdales colours.svg
Toowoomba Clydesdales
2 (1996, 2001) 2 (2006, 2006) 3 (1996, 2001, 2006)
4
Northern Pride colours.png
Northern Pride
2 (2010, 2014) 1 (2009) 2 (2013, 2014)
5
Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg
Wynnum Manly Seagulls
2 (2011, 2012) 1 (2019) 1 (1997)
6
Norths Devils colours.svg
Northern Suburbs Devils
1 (1998) 1 (2010) 1 (1998)
7
North Queensland colours.svg
North Queensland Young Guns
1 (2005) 0 2 (2005, 2007)
8
Western Suburbs colours.svg
Tweed Heads Seagulls
1 (2007) 1 (2011) 1 (2011)
9
Souths-Logan Magpies Colours.svg
Southern Suburbs Logan Magpies
1 (2008) 0 2 (2009, 2010)
10
Sunshine Coast Colours.svg
Sun. Coast Falcons/Sea Eagles
1 (2009)* 1 (2017)* 1 (2019)
11
Mackay Cutters colours.svg
Mackay Cutters
1 (2013) 0 0
12
Ipswich Colours.svg
Ipswich Jets
1 (2015) 2 (2002, 2008) 1 (2008)
13
Port Moresby Vipers Colours.svg
PNG Hunters
1 (2017) 0 1 (2017)
14
Balmain colours.svg
Eastern Suburbs/Brisbane Tigers
0 5 (1997, 2004, 2013, 2014, 2018) 0
15
Townsville Blackhawks colours.png
Townsville Blackhawks
0 1 (2015) 1 (2015)
16
Wests Panthers Colours.svg
Western Suburbs Panthers
0 1 (1998) 0
  • Won as the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles in 2009
  • Lost as the Sunshine Coast Falcons in 2017

NRL State Championship winners

Season NRL State Championship Man of the Match
Winners Score Runners-up Venue
2014
Northern Pride colours.png
Northern Pride
32 – 28
Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg
Penrith Panthers
ANZ Stadium
Northern Pride colours.png
Javid Bowen
2015
Ipswich Colours.svg
Ipswich Jets
26 – 12
Newcastle colours.svg
Newcastle Knights
Ipswich Colours.svg
Matt Parcell
2016
Illawarra colours.svg
Illawarra Cutters
54 – 12
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Burleigh Bears
Illawarra colours.svg
Drew Hutchison
2017
Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg
Penrith Panthers
42 – 18
Port Moresby Vipers Colours.svg
PNG Hunters
Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg
Kaide Ellis
2018
Canterbury colours.svg
Canterbury Bulldogs
42 – 18
Redcliffe colours.svg
Redcliffe Dolphins
Canterbury colours.svg
Josh Cleeland
2019
Newtown colours.svg
Newtown Jets
20 – 16
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Burleigh Bears
Newtown colours.svg
Toby Rudolf
2020 Match cancelled[21]
2021
Stadium Australia

Honours

At the end of each season at the QRL presentation night, the Petero Civoniceva Medal is awarded to the Queensland Cup player voted as the best and fairest over the entire season. Formerly known as The Courier Mail Medal, in 2018, the medal was renamed after former Australian and Queensland representative Petero Civoniceva.[22] After each game, the referees award three votes to the best player, two votes to the second-best player, and one vote to the third-best player.[23] Previous winners include Australia and Queensland representatives Greg Inglis and Daly Cherry-Evans.

Since 2007, the man of the match in the Grand Final has been awarded the Duncan Hall Medal. The medal is named in honour of ARL Team of the Century member Duncan Hall, who played 24 games for Queensland and 22 games for Australia between 1948 and 1955. Past recipients include Tony Williams and Jake Granville, who would go onto win NRL premierships shortly after their Queensland Cup success.

20th Year Anniversary Team

On 21 September 2015, the QRL announced their Queensland Cup 20th Year Anniversary team. The 17-man team was chosen by a selection panel consisting of Brad Tallon (Queensland Rugby League statistician), Steve Ricketts (rugby league journalist), David Wright (former ABC commentator) and Mike Higgison (rugby league historian).

To be eligible for selection, a player must've played a minimum of 75 games in the competition. Rick Stone, who coached the Burleigh Bears from 1997 to 2005 (winning two premierships), was named coach of the side, while longtime referee Tony Maksoud was included as referee of the team.[24]

No. Name Club(s) Years Games Tries Goals Points
1. Ryan Cullen Central Queensland, Redcliffe, Easts 2003–10 154 112 0 449
2. Nathanael Barnes Tweed Heads, Wynnum Manly 2003–07, 2011–13, 2015–17 186 135 41 622
3. Reggie Cressbrook Townsville, Burleigh, Ipswich 1998–06 143 89 366 1,089
4. Donald Malone Toowoomba, Easts, Ipswich, Mackay, Sunshine Coast 2004–17 179 119 138 752
5. Heath Egglestone Central Queensland 1996–04 150 99 1 398
6. Brad Davis (captain) Tweed Heads 2005–12 154 23 483 1,066
7. Shane Perry Brothers, Logan, Redcliffe, Norths 1996–98, 2002–11 218 95 6 409
8. Troy Lindsay Redcliffe 1996–09 270 17 6 80
9. Mick Roberts Redcliffe, Norths 1998–11 253 71 134 555
10. Shane O'Flanagan Wests, Burleigh 1997–08 210 33 0 132
11. Danny Burke Brothers, Redcliffe 1998, 2000–09 219 26 0 104
12. Sime Busby Central Queensland, Easts 1997–03 118 15 1 62
13. Danny Coburn Ipswich 1998–10 258 32 0 128
14. Luke Scott Souths, Townsville, Redcliffe 1996, 1998–03 129 36 0 144
15. Luke Dalziel-Don Wynnum Manly 2004, 2006–13 173 82 0 329
16. Nick Parfitt Toowoomba, Burleigh 2003–11 173 113 483 1,421
17. Phil Dennis Wests, Easts, Souths Logan 2003–present 282 29 7 130
* Statistics are correct to the end of the 2015 season

Records

The following records are taken from the QRL's official website and are correct as of the end of the 2019 season.[25]

Team

Individual

  • Most games – Phil Dennis, 282 games
  • Most tries – Daniel Ogden, 155 tries
  • Most points – Nick Parfitt 1,421 points (113 tries, 483 goals)
  • Most points in a season 318, Liam Georgetown (2013)
  • Most tries in a season 34, Daniel Kennedy 2004
  • Most points in a game 40, Damien Richter 2002, Greg Bourke 2002
  • Most tries in a game 7, Chris Walker 2000, Anthony Zipf 2004

Media coverage & Sponsorship

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

In 2018, the match of the round was televised live on the Nine Network in Queensland at 1:00pm (AEST) on Saturdays. Previously, the match of the round had been broadcast by Nine on Sunday afternoons and before that, on ABC Television on Saturday afternoons. The match is later replayed during the week on Foxtel's Fox League channel. The match of the round returned to Sunday afternoons for the 2019 season.

The non-broadcast games are recorded for highlights and judiciary and coaching purposes.

Radio

From 2006 to 2013, community broadcaster Bay FM began broadcasting Wynnum Manly matches with commentators Mike Higgison and Troy Robbins.

In 2015, a group of community broadcasters including Switch 1197, Valley FM Esk and Phoenix Radio Ipswich began broadcasting matches featuring Ipswich Jets.

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.

See also

References

  1. ^ https://www.tweedheadsseagulls.com.au/the-club/history/
  2. ^ "Broncos lose stablemate Clydesdales". AAP. 6 December 2006.
  3. ^ "Aspley new Brisbane Broncos feeder club : thewest.com.au". thewest.com.au.
  4. ^ https://www.tweedheadsseagulls.com.au/champion-gulls-07-reunite/
  5. ^ Manly to invest $1m in Coast league | thedaily.com.au Archived 11 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ https://www.qrl.com.au/news/2015/03/06/intrust-super-extends-support/
  8. ^ https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/northern-pride-stun-penrith-panthers-in-nrls-state-championship-20141005-10qjm2.html
  9. ^ https://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/qrl/png-hunters-win-their-first-intrust-super-cup-grand-final-with-dramatic-1210-over-the-sunshine-coast/news-story/121772010a56cc891a595166381a5a26
  10. ^ https://www.qrl.com.au/news/2020/03/27/2020-qrl-statewide-competitions-cancelled/
  11. ^ "Eastern Suburbs to play as Brisbane Tigers from 2021". thetigers.com.au. 4 September 2020.
  12. ^ https://www.qrl.com.au/news/20182/02/15/trials-games-week-2/
  13. ^ https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/teams/titans/brisbane-broncos-attack-fires-late-to-down-png-hunters-in-port-moresby-trial-match/news-story/670c0fc777d652d48cef11a1e4ccac77
  14. ^ https://www.qrl.com.au/news/2017/12/13/2018-intrust-super-cup-draw/
  15. ^ https://www.qrl.com.au/news/20182/07/31/high-stakes-and-ladders-2018-finals-format/
  16. ^ Livermore, Ross (2007). "Australian Rugby Football League Annual Report 2007" (PDF). Australian Rugby League Limited. p. 9. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
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  19. ^ "State Championship preview: Panthers v Pride". nrl.com. 21 September 2017.
  20. ^ "The greatest game never played". nrl.com. 21 September 2017.
  21. ^ a b https://www.qrl.com.au/news/2020/03/27/2020-qrl-statewide-competitions-cancelled/
  22. ^ https://www.qrl.com.au/news/20182/082/01/civoniceva-medal-to-recognise-best--fairest/
  23. ^ "The official site of the QRL - QRL.com.au". Queensland Rugby League.
  24. ^ http://www.qrl.com.au/intrust-super-cup/anniversary-team.html
  25. ^ "About Us". Queensland Rugby League.

External links

Queensland Cup News

Queensland Rugby League forums

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