The 2005 Queensland Cup season was the 10th season of Queensland's top-level statewide rugby league competition run by the Queensland Rugby League. The competition, known as the Queensland Wizard Cup due to sponsorship from Wizard Home Loans featured 11 teams playing a 26-week long season (including finals) from March to September.

2005 Queensland Cup
DurationMarch 12 – September 17, 2005
Premiers North Queensland Young Guns
(1st title)
Minor premiers North Queensland Young Guns
(1st title)
Matches played116
Points scored6,216
Top points scorer(s) Reggie Cressbrook (206)
Player of the year Greg Inglis
(Courier Mail Medal)
Top try-scorer(s) Simon Phillips (19)
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The North Queensland Cowboys finished as minor premiers and defeated the Burleigh Bears 36–6 in the Grand Final at Suncorp Stadium to claim their first premiership. Norths Devils fullback Greg Inglis was named the competition's Player of the Year, winning the Courier Mail Medal.[1][2]

Teams edit

Brothers-Valleys, who joined the competition in 2004, withdrew after just one season and were not replaced, with the competition featuring 11 teams for the first time since 2001.

The Brisbane Broncos, Melbourne Storm and North Queensland Cowboys were again affiliated with the Toowoomba Clydesdales, Norths Devils and North Queensland Young Guns respectively.

Colours Club Home ground(s) Head coach (s) Captain (s) NRL affiliate
Burleigh Bears Pizzey Park Rick Stone Ali Brown None
Central Comets Browne Park Neale Crow Mark Henry None
Easts Tigers Langlands Park Michael Booth Brandon Costin None
Ipswich Jets QLD Group Stadium Trevor Gillmeister Danny Coburn None
North Queensland Young Guns Dairy Farmers Stadium Grant Bell Daniel Strickland   North Queensland Cowboys
Norths Devils Bishop Park Wayne Treleaven Anthony Boyd   Melbourne Storm
Redcliffe Dolphins Dolphin Oval Anthony Griffin Shane Perry None
Souths Logan Magpies Davies Park, Brandon Park Phil Economidis Darren Glase None
Toowoomba Clydesdales Clive Berghofer Stadium John Dixon Anthony Seibold   Brisbane Broncos
Tweed Heads Seagulls Piggabeen Sports Complex Steve Murphy Andrew Moroney None
Wynnum Seagulls Kougari Oval Neil Wharton Jace van Dijk None

Ladder edit

2005 Queensland Cup
Pos Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1   North Queensland Young Guns (P) 20 16 1 3 2 612 352 +260 33
2   Norths Devils 20 15 1 4 2 719 454 +265 31
3   Burleigh Bears 20 15 0 5 2 644 354 +290 30
4   Redcliffe Dolphins 20 12 0 8 2 582 510 +72 24
5   Toowoomba Clydesdales 20 11 1 8 2 663 527 +136 23
6   Wynnum Seagulls 20 10 0 10 2 480 554 -74 20
7   Tweed Heads Seagulls 20 8 3 9 2 556 485 +71 19
8   Easts Tigers 20 9 0 11 2 591 504 +87 18
9   Ipswich Jets 20 5 1 14 2 414 566 -152 11
10   Souths Logan Magpies 20 3 1 16 2 364 836 -472 7
11   Central Comets 20 1 2 17 2 346 829 -483 4

Finals series edit

Home Score Away Match information
Date Venue
Qualifying / Elimination Finals
  Redcliffe Dolphins 23 – 22†   Toowoomba Clydesdales 27 August 2005 Dolphin Oval
  Norths Devils 18 – 26   Burleigh Bears 28 August 2005 Bishop Park
  Norths Devils 10 – 33   Redcliffe Dolphins 3 September 2005 Bishop Park
  North Queensland Young Guns 22 – 6   Burleigh Bears 3 September 2005 Dairy Farmers Stadium
Preliminary Final
  Burleigh Bears 24 – 19   Redcliffe Dolphins 10 September 2005 Pizzey Park
Grand Final
  North Queensland Young Guns 36 – 6   Burleigh Bears 17 September 2005 Suncorp Stadium

† Match decided in extra time.

Qualifying / Elimination FinalsMajor / Minor Semi-finalsPreliminary FinalGrand Final
1  North Qld22  North Qld36
  Burleigh6  Burleigh6
2  Norths18  Burleigh24
3  Burleigh26  Redcliffe19
4  Redcliffe23
5  Toowoomba22

Grand Final edit

Saturday, 17 September
North Queensland Young Guns   36 – 6   Burleigh Bears
David Myles 2
Clint Amos 1
Jason Barsley 1
Shane Muspratt 1
Neil Sweeney 1
Neil Sweeney 6
1st: 18 - 6
2nd: 18 - 0
1 Trent Leis
1 Reggie Cressbrook
Suncorp Stadium
Attendance: 6,893
Referee: Rob Alexander
Player of the Match: Shane Muspratt (North Queensland)
North Queensland Young Guns Position Burleigh Bears
Jason Barsley FB Reggie Cressbrook
Neil Sweeney WG Balin Cupples
Gavin Cooper CE Nick Shaw
David Myles CE Trent Leis
Dean Payne WG Aseri Laing
Shane Muspratt FE Adam Hayden
Brent McConnell HB David Hicks
Jaiman Lowe PR Ali Brown (c)
Clint Amos HK Ryan Gundry
Matthew Scott PR Shane O'Flanagan
Daniel Strickland (c) SR Martin Griese
Mark Dalle Cort SR Adam Hutchison
Leigh McWilliams LK Adrian Vowles
Rory Bromley Bench James Griffiths
Scott Bolton Bench Jeremy Lateo
Wallace Solomona Bench Chris Barnes
James Andersen Bench Robert Apanui
Grant Bell Coach Rick Stone

North Queensland took out the minor premiership and qualified for the finals for the first time since joining the Queensland Cup in 2002, losing just three games in the regular season. In the finals, they defeated Burleigh in the major semi final to book a spot in their first Grand Final. Defending premiers Burleigh, who finished the season in 3rd, defeated Norths in the Week 1 qualifying final to set up a contest with the Young Guns. After losing, the Bears hosted Redcliffe, defeating them 24–19 and qualifying for their third straight Grand Final.

First half edit

The Young Guns opened the scoring in the 8th minute, when Neil Sweeney kicked a penalty goal after prop Jaiman Lowe was taken high by Bears' second rower Adam Hutchison. Seven minutes later, North Queensland recorded the first try of the game when centre David Myles sliced through some soft defence to score. They extended their lead to 12–0 when five-eighth Shane Muspratt burrowed over from dummy half to score. In the 28th minute, Burleigh finally got on the board thanks to a long range try to former North Queensland Cowboy Trent Leis. Two minutes before half time, the Young Guns extended their lead to 12 when Neil Sweeney scored under the posts thanks to a Brent McConnell line break.

Second half edit

The second half was scoreless until the final 10 minutes, when the Young Guns ran in three unanswered tries on their way to their first premiership. In the 70th minute, hooker Clint Amos dived over from dummy half, pushing the lead to 18. From the set following the kick off, captain Daniel Strickland burst through the Bears' defensive line and sent fullback Jason Barsley away to score under the posts. Finally, in the 76th minute, a McConnell chip kick was regathered by Muspratt, who kept it alive, with the ball going through five sets of hands before Myles finished the play for his second try. The win marked the first time a team from outside of south east Queensland would win the Grand Final.[3]

Three players from the victorious Young Guns' side, Gavin Cooper, Matthew Scott and Scott Bolton, would go on to become club legends for the North Queensland Cowboys, with all three winning an NRL premiership with the club in 2015.[4]

Player statistics edit

End-of-season awards edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "When Greg Inglis, 17, blew the Intrust Super Cup apart". August 2018.
  2. ^ "Queensland Rugby League". Archived from the original on 2 February 2006. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  3. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "2005 QLD Cup Grand Final North Qld 36 v Burleigh 6". YouTube.
  4. ^ "Subscribe to the Townsville Bulletin".