Hastings Deering extends partnership to support youth pathways

The Queensland Rugby League is pleased to announce Hastings Deering has agreed to extend its support of the state’s premier under 20 competition for a further three years.

The partnership renewal is welcomed news for Queensland’s emerging talent ahead of this Sunday’s Hastings Deering Colts grand final at Dolphin Stadium, where the Sunshine Coast Falcons will battle it out with the Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

QRL Chief Operating Officer Rohan Sawyer said the new agreement, which would see Hastings Deering continue as naming rights sponsor of the competition from 2020 until 2022, was a significant outcome for the game.

“We have always been of the belief that a statewide under 20s format in Queensland performs a vital role in the development of young rugby league players,” Sawyer said.

“We’re extremely fortunate that from day one in 2017, Hastings Deering has shared our vision for this competition and the opportunity it provides for so many participants, particularly those from regional areas.

“To have an organisation with an 85-year history of serving Queensland customers in our corner for the next three years is going to provide further stability and optimism for the future.”

As part of the new partnership, Hastings Deering will continue its sponsorship of the man of the match in the weekly televised Intrust Super Cup game, doubling the prize money to $500.

Hastings Deering Manager – Brand and Marketing Kelly Jury said the company was delighted to extend its partnership.

“At Hastings Deering, we are committed to supporting the local communities in which we operate and our partnership with the QRL has provided an excellent platform for us to do this across all of our territories,” Jury said.

“It seems only fitting that we look to grow and enhance our relationship with the sport by extending our partnership.

“Hastings Deering is a values-driven organisation and we are proud to align with Queensland’s premier sporting organisation who share the same commitment to supporting healthy, active lifestyles across the state.”

Sunday’s Hastings Deering Colts grand final at Dolphin Stadium will kick off at 1pm.

Both Wynnum Manly and the Sunshine Coast will be chasing their first premiership under the new statewide under 20 format, after the Norths Devils won the inaugural Hastings Deering Colts grand final in 2018.