New season welcomes new club, new goals
The Cyril Connell Cup and Mal Meninga Cup competitions are ready to kick-off once again, with the cream of the state’s young talent to test their skills in the highly-regarded competitions.
There are a few changes to the structure this year – with the inclusion of a new team into the mix.
In a first for the Queensland Rugby League, two Victorian teams will contest this year’s competitions.
Drawn to play in Pool A of both the Connell (Under 16) and Meninga (Under 18) Cups, Victorian Rugby League’s two representative sides will go head-to-head against those from Queensland’s south east.
In another change, Ipswich have moved under the umbrella of the Intrust Super Cup team and will play as the Ipswich Jets.
Pool B features teams from the northern, central and south west regions of Queensland.
Last year was one to savour for the northern teams, with Townsville Stingers beating all before them to not only head into this season as reigning Mal Meninga Cup champions; but as national title holders as well.
The Northern Pride will also be looking forward to the challenge of going back-to-back and retaining the Cyril Connell Cup title.
Wynnum Manly Seagulls
Gold Coast Green
Gold Coast White
Souths Logan Magpies
Victorian Rugby League
Sunshine Coast Falcons
This year’s finals series will be played in April and May; with the National Final to take place in Sydney. The top two teams from each pool (based on competition points) will progress to the final series as outlined below.
Cyril Connell and Mal Meninga Cup finals series
Week 1 (April 25-26) – Semi Finals
Game 1 Pool A (Qualifier 1) v Pool B (Qualifier 2)
Game 2 Pool B (Qualifier 1) v Pool A (Qualifier 2)
Week 2 (May 2-3) – State Final
Game 3 Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2
Week 3 (May 16-17) – National Final
Game 4 Winner Game 3 v NSW State Winner
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