The Intrust Super Cup will further expand its footprint into regional Queensland in 2017, with four towns to host premiership matches for the first time as part of the ‘Get in the Game’ Country Week initiative.
In a major boost for regional Queensland communities, Minister for Sport Hon Michael de Brenni, today announced Round 20 matches will be played in Winton, Bamaga, Clermont, Julia Creek, Mundubbera and St George.
Only Bamaga (2011 & 2015) and Clermont (2013) have previously held an Intrust Super Cup match, adding an even greater sense of excitement and anticipation to this year’s Country Week round.
Mr de Brenni urged regional Queenslanders to add the weekend of July 22-23 to their calendars.
“Nothing brings us as Queenslanders together like footy, and this is especially true in regional Queensland,” Mr de Brenni said.
“Whether they’re playing at home or away, communities rally to support our local teams, and the Palaszczuk Government is getting behind you too.
“I’m proud that our Government will continue to support the Queensland Rugby League’s Intrust Super Cup Country Week initiative with a three-year sponsorship commitment.
“Sport is a lifeblood of many country towns. We want to show you how keen we are to get behind your local community.”
Mr de Brenni said the initiative has delivered considerable economic and social benefits to regional communities in previous years.
QRL Managing Director Robert Moore echoed those sentiments.
“Last year’s round generated $104,000 for the clubs and Local Leagues who hosted matches,” Mr Moore said.
“Country Week is a wonderful initiative, and we’re extremely grateful to the Queensland Government for extending their commitment to this rewarding program.”
Over the next few months, the QRL will work closely the Intrust Super Cup clubs, Division Managers and Local Leagues to finalise the events at each of the Country Week grounds.
“Our staff and QRL Board Members look forward to the opportunity to travel far and wide across the state to meet and support the volunteers who make our great game tick,” Moore said.
The match at Mundubbera between the Easts Tigers and Norths Devils has been confirmed as the live television match on Channel 9.
· ‘Get in the Game’ Country Week – Round 20, July 22-23
Winton – Ipswich Jets v Townsville Blackhawks
Bamaga – Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Northern Pride
Clermont – CQ Capras v Redcliffe Dolphins
Julia Creek – Souths Logan Magpies v Tweed Heads Seagulls
Mundubbera – Easts Tigers v Norths Devils (Live on Channel 9)
St George – Burleigh Bears v Sunshine Coast Falcons
Papua New Guinea (TBA) – PNG Hunters v Mackay Cutters