Premiership-winning duo Ben and Shane Walker joined two of the newcomers to the coaching fold to help launch the 2016 Intrust Super Cup season in Brisbane today.
On the eve of their opening round clash against the Norths Devils, the Walkers vowed to continue their attack-at-all-costs approach in the new season.
Two of the competition’s new coaches – Scott Sipple (Easts Tigers) and David Simpson (Mackay Cutters) – spoke of their desire to play semi-final football in 2016.
Representatives from all 14 Intrust Super Cup clubs were among the 170 guests who gathered at Treasury Casino’s Hotel Courtyard to launch the season.
Hosted by Channel 9 commentators Scott Sattler and Peter Psaltis, guests heard from QRL Managing Director Robert Moore, Chairman Peter Betros and Intrust Super CEO Brendan O’Farrell.
Moore briefly reflected on a memorable 2015 season headlined by a State of Origin series win and NRL State Championship success.
“We’re immensely proud of those achievements, but we can’t rest on our laurels,” Moore said.
Fans are set to be the big winners in the new season, with Moore unveiling a new online initiative.
“We are very excited to launch QRL Live, which will enhance fan engagement through access to live scores and real time data,” he said.
In officially launching the 2016 Intrust Super Cup season, Betros acknowledged the extensive rugby league network of administrators, volunteers and referees.
“The wonderful game of rugby league gives us so much,” the Chairman said.
“It develops us as players and as individuals. It teaches us how to be part of a team.
“It teaches us respect – for our team mates, for our coaching staff and for our opposition. It teaches us how to win and more importantly, it teaches us how to lose.
“Rugby league can teach us so much about life if we let it – but it is only a part of life. I encourage all who participate to enjoy their experience in the game but also to remember that it is only a part of our life.”
Betros acknowledged Channel 9 for their outstanding Sunday afternoon broadcast and praised the media right across the state for their excellent coverage.