FROM 2014, the Queensland Secondary Schools Country Cup Carnival will be played at the Maroochydore Junior Rugby League Club.


The decision to move to Maroochydore was made after the previous host was approached by another organisation to run a week-long carnival during the first week of the winter vacation. We could not be guaranteed the grounds, so a shift was necessary.


Maroochydore JRLC are keen to support the Country Cup Carnival and to see it develop. Their support is greatly appreciated.


The Sunshine Coast destination also cuts four hours travel time for many of the teams which travel by bus.


Mackay, North Rockhampton and Mt Morgan have expressed interest in returning to the competition next year so there is a good chance that we will reach the magic number of 16 teams.


About the Country Cup Carnival:





The Country Cup Carnival


The Country Cup Carnival was established in 2007 with sponsorship from the Gold Coast Titans. In 2009, ARL Development and the Brisbane Broncos became carnival sponsors. NRL Development followed on from ARLD in 2013.


Though primarily intended for schools from regional and country areas, the carnival is open to any state high school in Queensland. It is not intended for schools of excellence or academy schools which are already well catered for by elite competitions.


The carnival is an Open grade competition for senior students (Under 18 by QSSSA rules).


Previous Participant Schools


The following schools have sent teams to the carnival since its inception in 2007. (Not all schools have played each year).


Beenleigh SHS

Bentley Park SC

Bundaberg SHS

Blackwater SHS

Browns Plains SHS

Caboolture SHS

Dysart SHS

Gympie SHS

Glenmore SHS

Harristown SHS

Lockyer District SHS

Macgregor SHS

Mackay SHS

Mt Morgan SHS

Mt Gravatt SHS

Nambour SHS

Moranbah SHS

Mossman SHS

Nth Rockhampton SHS

Proserpine SHS

Roma SC

Rosewood SHS

Rockhampton SHS

Woodridge SHS


Previous Country Cup Winners:


2007Rockhampton SHS

2008Mackay SHS

2009North Rockhampton SHS

2010Bentley Park SC

2011Bentley Park SC

2012Harristown SHS

2013Bentley Park SC


Dates:


The Country Cup will be held on Monday, June 30 - Tuesday, July 1. As an Open age (Under 18) competition, it does not clash with QRL representative carnivals.


Venue: Maroochydore Junior Rugby League Club


Maroochydore Junior Rugby League Club on the Sunshine Coast will be the base for the 2014 Country Cup. The Maroochydore Club is keen to be the long term host for the competition.


The Maroochydore facility is centrally located with all the facilities required two fields, change/shower rooms, canteen etc. The grounds are located close to accommodation.


Costs / Contributions


Participating schools will cover their own expenses travel, accommodation, kit etc.


A team registration fee of $50 applies. Schools will be invoiced after the close of nominations.


Each participating school is responsible for providing one touch judge for each of their games. (Some schools will bring junior students for this purpose)


Format


It is hoped to have sixteen teams participate in the 2014 Country Cup.

The 16 teams will be split into four pools for Day 1 seeding games. The teams will then be split into two groups top 8 and bottom 8 for Day 2.


On Day Two, a knockout system will be used to find the winners of 4 Divisions.

Points allocation for seeding games 4 points per game - 1 for the winner of the first half, 1 for the winner of the second half and 2 for the winner of the game.


The move to a 16-team format will necessitate at late finishing time on Day 2. Games will start early on the second day to ensure that those teams flying from Brisbane can leave the Sunshine Coast by 4pm.


Accommodation


Schools are responsible for providing their own accommodation.

It is strongly suggested that bookings be made as early as possible.


Alexandra Park Conference Centre

13 Maris Street

Alexandra Headland

Q 4572

PO Box 705

Cotton Tree

Q 4572

Ph: 1300 789 192

Fax: 07 54 438 970

info@alexpark.com.au


Apex Camp Mudjimba

171 Nojor Road

Twin Waters

Q 4565

Ph: 54 487 637


Currimundi Active Recreation Centre

80 Cuurimundi

Currimundi

Q 4551

PO Box 141

Wurtulla Q 4575

Ph: 54 207 500

info.currimundi@nprsr.qld.gov.au


Referees


Referees from the Sunshine Coast / Gympie Rugby League Referees Association will provide referees for each game.


Sports Medicine


An ASMF official will be available on each field.


Nominations


It is hoped to have 16 schools participate in 2014.

Schools which participated in 2013 will be given first preference.

Please nominate by Friday, February 28, 2014.

Contact Robert Brodie rbrod4@eq.edu.au