CQ Producing Outstanding Rugby League Talent

For Rugby League fans like me, this time of the year is the BEST. It’s time to get ready for STATE of ORIGIN or SOO as they say. The SOO phenomenon is unique in Australian sport and is not challenged for interest anywhere in the sports world except maybe for some major events e.g.  Tennis Grand Slams, the Golf Majors, Super Bowl and a few others. It is Rugby League at its very best. It is fast, furious and it never fails to produce the wonder plays, the massive hits, and the spectacular tries. The amazing passion on display truly typifies our great game. It is the envy of other sports and in particular other football codes because all three classic games always rate very highly on TV and they present Rugby League in the best possible way – great promotion and marketing.

Once again Central Queensland is well represented in the mighty maroon’s team for SOO 1. The selection of Mackay born centre Dane Nielsen caught most by surprise but the inclusion of Ilfracombe’s Matthew Scott and Blackwater’s Dave Taylor as the 18th man was predicted and expected.  It would not be a shock selection if the NRL’s 2011 leading try scorer, Ben Barba from Mackay, made his SOO debut soon.

The next generation of our CQ produced maroons are currently playing Rugby League in CQ. Recently the Capricornia under 15 schools boys Rugby League team won the state title. Four players from this Champion team were selected in the Queensland teams. They are Cooper Bambling, Sheldon Bobbert, Julyess Jarvis and Callen Kupke.

Over the same weekend our Stanwell Corporation Central Comets under 16 team was narrowly defeated in the state grand final of the Cyril Connell Cup by a very good team that is a feeder program for the NRL’s Gold Coast Titans. Three Central Comets players were subsequently chosen in the Queensland under 16 team that will play New South Wales as the main curtain raiser for SOO 1 at Suncorp. These young maroons are Jarred Earle, Duncan Paiaaua, and Harry Pondekas.  Their coach, Steve Parle tells me that he thought more of his players “earned selection” over a strong and very productive season.

These team results and Queensland selections proves to me that Rugby League is in a very healthy position in our communities and CQ continues to produce wonderful Rugby League talent that is being recognised and rewarded with representative selections.

Central Queenslanders can look forward to SOO for many years to come. This is a great time to be a Rugby League supporter and a wonderful time to be a QUEENSLANDER


The CQ NRL Bid is conducting Bid updates and CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP launches in Bundaberg on 31st May and in Gladstone 1st June. We have conducted similar launches in the Central Highlands and Mackay and have other future events planned for Blackwater, Moranbah, Winton, Longreach, Barcaldine and Rockhampton.  Anyone interested in attending, please contact the Bid’s Business Development Manager, Walson Carlos on his mobile 0459 722 217 or at his email walsoncarlos@cqnrlbid.com.au

From the desk of the CEO – Denis Keeffe

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