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Junior statewide competitions draws released

Queensland Rugby League has today released four junior statewide competitions draws for season 2022.

With the Hostplus Cup and QRLW Premiership schedules released earlier this month, all six statewide competition draws are now available in a win for fans eager to start planning their trips to the footy.

The four junior statewide competitions draws released today are:

  • Hastings Deering Colts
  • Harvey Norman Under 19 competition
  • Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup
  • Cyril Connell Challenge

The Colts competition kicks off on the weekend of April 2-3 with the grand final rematch between Wynnum Manly Seagulls and Townsville Blackhawks one of the highlights of the opening round.

The Seagulls and Blackhawks produced a grand final for the ages in October, with an extra-time field goal by Wynnum Manly’s Max Plath breaking the deadlock in an epic finish.

Fourteen teams will be vying for premiership honours in 2022 with 17 rounds to be played before the semi-finals in September.

The Harvey Norman Under 19 competition has expanded to 15 teams in 2022, ensuring more opportunities for participants as part of the QRL’s increased investment into the female game.

Norths Devils, Tweed Seagulls, Redcliffe Dolphins and Brisbane Tigers are all fielding teams in the new-look competition, which kicks off on the weekend of February 26-27.

That weekend will also mark the start of male competitions the Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup (Under 18) and Cyril Connell Challenge (Under 16).

Fifteen teams will compete across three pools and seven rounds in the Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup competition.

Defending premiers Tweed Seagulls are in Pool C and are drawn to play the Souths Logan Magpies in Round 1.

The Cyril Connell Challenge will be played over five rounds and will also feature 15 teams split across three pools.

The competition is named after the late Cyril Connell, a renowned talent scout who is famous for identifying and mentoring some of the state’s most successful rugby league players over many decades.