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The Queensland Cup is the top level of rugby league football in Queensland, Australia. The competition is also called the Intrust Super Cup (due to sponsorship from Intrust Super) is contested by fourteen teams, twelve of which are located in Queensland, one in New South Wales and one in Papua New Guinea.

Intrust Super Cup
Current season or competition:
2018 Intrust Super Cup season
Sport Rugby league
Instituted 1996; 22 years ago (1996)
Inaugural season 1996
Chairman Bruce Hatcher
Number of teams 14
Countries  Australia (13 teams)
 Papua New Guinea (1 team)
Premiers Port Moresby Vipers Colours.svg PNG Hunters (2017)
(1st title)
Most titles Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins
(5 titles)
Broadcast partner
Related competition NRL State Championship
Intrust Super Premiership NSW
National Rugby League

The Intrust Super Cup is the present-day embodiment of Queensland's top-level club competition. This 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 of the Queensland CupEdit

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

The Brisbane Rugby LeagueEdit

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 Sydney counterpart, the clubs were constant, with new teams rarely entering the competition. Traditionally, the clubs were Fortitude Valley, Past Brothers, Norths, Souths, Wests, Easts, Redcliffe and Wynnum-Manly. However, when poker machines were introduced in New South Wales, but not in the Bjelke-Petersen Queensland, the New South Wales Rugby League'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 Sydney Rugby League 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 New South Wales Rugby League 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 QueenslandEdit

Although the Broncos' signings of many great Brisbane Rugby League 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 heydey of the Brisbane Rugby League. Between 1988 and 1995 Fortitude Valley 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 Fortitude Valley and Wests, while Souths and Logan merged in 2002 to form Souths-Logan.

The Beginning of the Queensland CupEdit

In 1996 the Queensland Cup began, replacing the Winfield State League, as new Federal Government Laws banned Cigarette companies from sponsoring the 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 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 was announced as the new major sponsor.

2007: Loss of the ClydesdalesEdit

Although the Queensland Rugby League had anticipated that the same teams from 2006 would participate in the 2007 Wizard Cup, it was announced on 5 December 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 ExpansionEdit

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 20s competition.

2009: Sunshine Coast enter the frayEdit

Intrust Super Cup Logo 2013-2017

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. After Manly cut ties with the Sunshine Coast they reverted to the Falcon colours and logo and signed an agreement with the Melbourne Storm in 2014. In 2016 this relationship will include a Rugby League academy on the Sunshine Coast.

2014-2015: PNG Hunters and Townsville Blackhawks enter the competitionEdit

In 2014, the PNG Hunters entered the competition, mixing an exciting combination of ball movement with raw power to finishing sixth in their inaugural season based out of the East New Britain town of Kokopo. Following the success of the Hunters, the Townsville Blackhawks were given entry in 2015, winning the minor premiership in their first year.

In 2017, the Hunters won their first Queensland Cup premiership, becoming the first team outside of Australia to win the competition.

The CompetitionEdit

The DrawEdit

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 RoundsEdit

Normally, there is a round each weekend, which involves seven 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, The match of the round is televised live on Nine Network at 1:30pm (AEST) Sundays. Previously, the match of the round had been broadcast on ABC Television each Saturday at 2 pm.

Country WeekEdit

The Queensland Cup is unique amongst professional sporting competitions in Australia, as 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 Queensland Cup Country Week games include:

2018: Goondiwindi, Maryborough, Cooktown, Normanton, Bowen and Hughenden

2017: Bamaga, Clermont, Winton, Mundubbera, St George, Julia Creek

2016: Barcaldine, Charleville, Gympie, Ravenshoe, Mount Isa, Moranbah

2015: Dalby, Blackall, Bundaberg, Charters Towers, Innisfail, Stanthorpe

2014: Longreach, Emerald, Moranbah, Mareeba, Kingaroy, Kokopo (Papua New Guinea)

2013: Burleigh, Roma, Whitsundays, Woodford, Toowoomba, Yarrabah

2012: Moranbah, Blackwater, Mount Isa, Kilcoy

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

Points and LadderEdit

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 five 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 SeriesEdit

In 2009 the Queensland Cup introduced a six-team finals series (compared to five in previous years). Prior to the 2012 season the format was changed back to a 5-team finals series, using the McIntyre System. 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.[5]


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

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.
Almost every club in the Queensland Cup has an affiliation with a team in the Australian national competition, the National Rugby League. This leads to many young Queensland players being signed into the NRL.

Queensland Cup
Club Est. City Stadium Premierships Last NRL affiliate
  Burleigh Bears 1934 Gold Coast Pizzey Park 3 2016   Gold Coast Titans
  Central Queensland Capras 1996 Rockhampton Browne Park 0 None
  Easts Tigers 1917 Brisbane Suzuki Stadium 0   Melbourne Storm
  Ipswich Jets 1982 Ipswich North Ipswich Reserve 1 2015   Brisbane Broncos
  Mackay Cutters 2007 Mackay BB Print Stadium Mackay 1 2013   North Queensland Cowboys
  Northern Pride 2007 Cairns Barlow Park 2 2014   North Queensland Cowboys
  Norths Devils 1933 Brisbane Bishop Park 1 1998   Brisbane Broncos
  PNG Hunters 2014 Port Moresby National Football Stadium 1 2017 None
  Redcliffe Dolphins 1947 Redcliffe Dolphin Oval 5 2006   Brisbane Broncos
  Souths Logan Magpies 1918 Brisbane Davies Park 1 2008   Brisbane Broncos
  Sunshine Coast Falcons 1996 Sunshine Coast Sunshine Coast Stadium 1 2009   Melbourne Storm
  Townsville Blackhawks 2015 Townsville Jack Manski Oval 0   North Queensland Cowboys
  Tweed Heads Seagulls 1909 Tweed Heads Piggabeen Sports Complex 1 2007   Gold Coast Titans
  Wynnum Manly Seagulls 1951 Brisbane BMD Kougari Oval 2 2012   Brisbane Broncos

Previous teamsEdit

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 Capras, Mackay, Bundaberg, Gold Coast Vikings, etc.) or folded (Cairns Cyclones, Port Moresby Vipers, etc.).

Queensland Cup
Club Est. City Stadium Premierships Last First Season Last Season
  Aspley Broncos 1967 Brisbane Bishop Park 0 2007 2007
  Brothers-Valleys 2002 Brisbane O'Callaghan Park 0 2004 2004
  Bundaberg Grizzlies 1996 Bundaberg Salter Oval 0 1996 1998
  Cairns Cyclones 1996 Cairns Barlow Park 0 1996 2000
  Gold Coast Vikings 1982 Gold Coast Carrara Stadium 0 1998 1998
  Logan Scorpions 1987 Logan Meakin Park 0 1996 2002
  Mackay Sea Eagles 1996 Mackay Mackay Junior Rugby League Ground 0 1996 1996
  North Queensland Young Guns 2002 Townsville Dairy Farmers Stadium 1 2005 2002 2007
  Past Brothers 1929 Brisbane Corbett Park 0 1996 1998
  Port Moresby Vipers 1986 Port Moresby Lloyd Robson Oval 0 1996 1997
  Townsville Stingers 1998 Townsville Townsville Sports Reserve 0 1998 1998
  Toowoomba Clydesdales 1996 Toowoomba Clive Berghofer Stadium 2 2001 1996 2006
  Wests Panthers 1915 Brisbane Purtell Park 0 1996 2003

Premiership winnersEdit

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


At the end of each season at the Queensland Rugby League presentation night, the Civoniceva Medal is awarded to the Queensland Cup player voted as the best and fairest over the entire season. Formerly known as the The Courier Mail Medal, in 2018, the medal was renamed after former Australian and Queensland representative Petero Civoniceva.[6] 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.[7] 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 TeamEdit

On 21 September 2015, the Queensland Rugby League 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.[8]

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 2004–present 179 117 137 742
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 Past Brothers, Logan, Redcliffe, Norths 1996–98, 2002–11 218 95 6 409
8. Troy Lindsay Redcliffe 1996–09 270 17 6 80
9. Michael Roberts Redcliffe, Norths 1998–11 253 71 134 555
10. Shane O'Flanagan Wests, Burleigh 1997–08 210 33 0 132
11. Danny Burke Past 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 271 29 7 130

NRL State Championship MatchEdit

From 2014 New South Wales Cup Premiers will play against the Queensland Cup Premiers as a Curtain-raiser match on NRL Grand Final day, with the winner to be crowned the NRL State Champions. Until 2017 the match was played after the NRL National Youth Competition Grand Final, and from 2018 will be played after the NRL Women's Grand Final and before the NRL Men's Grand Final.[9][10]

Queensland Cup championsEdit


The following records are taken from Queensland Rugby League's official website and are correct as of the end of the 2016 season.[11]



  • Most games played – Phil Dennis, 271 games
  • Leading pointscorer – Nick Parfitt 1,421 points (113 tries, 483 goals)
  • Leading tryscorer – Daniel Ogden, 136 tries
  • 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 & SponsorshipEdit

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.


The match of the round is televised live on Nine Network at 2 pm (AEST) originally on Sundays until 2017, and on Saturdays from 2018, with the Grand Final televised on the Sunday one week before the NRL Grand Final. Previously, the match of the round had been broadcast on ABC Television each Saturday at 2 pm., and hosted by David Wright and Warren Boland.
The non-broadcast games are recorded for judiciary and coaching purposes. They are available from Red Corner Promotions In 2007, community television station Briz-31 ran a weekly local rugby league program "Rugby League Wrap Up" during the finals series. The show's anchors were John McCoy and Renee Gartner, with Bay-FM's Mike Higgison and Troy Robbins regular panel members. Since 2012, the Easts Tigers have livestreamed matches via their Tiger-TV branch, with commentary provided by Mike Higgison, Warren Boland, Gavin Payne and previously, Troy Robbins. Since 2015, Seagulls-TV hosted by John Devine has also been livestreaming most Wynnum Manly Seagulls matches.


From 2006 to 2013, community broadcaster Bay FM began broadcasting Wynnum Manly matches with commentators Mike Higgison and Troy Robbins. The Wynnum Manly club also won radio station Nova 106.9's "Club that Brisbane really really loves" award.

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


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 alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Broncos lose stablemate Clydesdales". AAP. 6 December 2006. 
  2. ^ "Aspley new Brisbane Broncos feeder club :". 
  3. ^ Manly to invest $1m in Coast league | Archived 11 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "The official site of the Queensland Rugby League -". Queensland Rugby League. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "State Championship preview: Panthers v Pride". 21 September 2017. 
  10. ^ "The greatest game never played". 21 September 2017. 
  11. ^ "About Us". Queensland Rugby League. 

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