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High stakes and ladders: 2018 finals format

The finals race is heating up in the Intrust Super Cup competition with a big congestion of teams vying for a top six finish and a chance to play September footy.

It’s a similar story in the Hastings Deering Colts, with the competition to feature a top six finals format this year (replacing the top five that has been in place in recent seasons for the SEQ-based FOGS Colts Challenge).

>> All information for both competitions, including finals formatting and top six positioning is included in the Major Competitions Operations Manual

Following the conclusion of Round 20 this past weekend; there are only two points that separate the fifth-placed Easts Tigers and Tweed Heads Seagulls in 11th on the Intrust Super Cup ladder. The two sides will meet this weekend at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park in what shapes as a crucial clash for both sides.

Elsewhere, there are three other vitally important games this weekend which hold major top six ramifications, with the Souths Magpies (9th) hosting the defending premiers PNG Hunters (7th), the Ipswich Jets (10th) hosting the Sunshine Coast Falcons (6th), and the Burleigh Bears (3rd) hosting the Wynnum Manly Seagulls (12th).

Wynnum Manly are just a game behind the Tweed Heads Seagulls and if results go their way; are still a mathematical chance of cracking the top six with every game a must win.

A loss for any of these teams who are sitting just outside the top six would deliver a massive blow to their finals hopes.

With the race to the finals being so tight, every game could make or break each team’s season as they all jockey for positions into the top six.

The Hastings Deering Colts ladder is producing a similar scenario with the Townsville Blackhawks leading the way, with four teams neck-and-neck for the final two spots in the top six.

There are just two points separating the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in fifth and the Souths Logan Magpies sitting in eighth.

Every game is crucial in both competitions as just one month of football remains until the finals kick off.

With every game having potential finals implications, each and every game in the home stretch of the season should be exciting viewing for the fans.


Finals Format - Intrust Super Cup and Hastings Deering Colts

The six (6) highest ranked teams shall compete in a finals series for the Intrust Super Cup and the Hastings Deering Colts. The top six (6) finals series of matches shall be: 



Match Name

Home Team

Away Team



Elimination Final 1

Team 3

Team 6



Elimination Final 2

Team 4

Team 5



Week Off

Team 1

Team 2



Major Semi Final

Team 1

Team 2



Minor Semi Final

Winner of Game 1

Winner of Game 2



Preliminary Final

Loser of Game 3

Winner of Game 4



Grand Final

Winner of Game 3

Winner of Game 5

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NOTE: During the first three weeks of the finals, the Intrust Super Cup TV game will broadcast on Channel 9 on Saturdays from 1pm as it has been all throughout the season.
The first week of finals will show either Team 3 or Team 4. In Week 2, either Team 1 or highest ranked winner from Game 1 & 2 to host TV match.  
Both decisions with be made at the sole discretion of the QRL Manager of Major Competitions, Dave Maiden.

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