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Simon Lyons (background, with hat) cheering on Queille Murray as he raced away to score the winning try in the 2022 XXXX Chairman's Challenge. Photo: Jason O'Brien/QRL

Loyal Gold Coast Vikings manager Simon Lyons will this weekend say farewell to his beloved representative side after 15 years of service – but not before one last trip to Townsville in pursuit of a state championship.

The Gold Coast will face off against their Northern rivals in the XXXX League Championship final this Saturday, in what is a slight case of déjà vu for Lyons.

Since starting with the Vikings in 2007, Lyons has been witness to a number of great successes and heartbreaks, but none more satisfying than when the Gold Coast won the state championship in 2010 against Townsville.

It was also played in North Queensland and it’s the only state championship the Vikings have won in Lyons’ time as manager.

He said that game – as well as the XXXX Cup National Final against Illawarra that followed – were his highlights with the Gold Coast.

Simon Lyons (background, with hat) cheering on Queille Murray as he raced away to score the winning try in the 2022 XXXX Chairman's Challenge. Photo: Jason O'Brien/QRL
Simon Lyons (background, with hat) cheering on Queille Murray as he raced away to score the winning try in the 2022 XXXX Chairman's Challenge. Photo: Jason O'Brien/QRL

“It was 12 years ago … I remember we were the winners down this way and the next move was to fly to Townsville,” Lyons said.

“It was a very, very tough game, but we ended up prevailing in the end.

“One of the guys we played against, his girlfriend was sitting at our table at dinner … she organised for us to go to the Mad Cow (Tavern) in Townsville which was legendary.

“That was a very, very big night. We won that and then we played the curtain raiser to State of Origin II at Suncorp Stadium in 2010 in the national final. It was the best of Queensland and New South Wales.

“We played Illawarra and got beaten, but that was a hell of an experience. Wally Lewis came into our changing rooms before we were about to go on. It was a really good experience.

“The highlight was obviously winning the state championship. I don’t celebrate losses that well.

“But I’ve had plenty of highlights throughout all of this. I’ve met some wonderful people, had some great kids in the teams I’ve been part of.

“They’ve been very few bad buggers that I’ve met in my journey. A good 90 per cent-plus have been just awesome.”

Lyons, who grew up playing rugby union, first became involved in rugby league when his sons took up the game as youngsters.

He also held roles in committees and on Rugby League Gold Coast boards, but it was his manager position that he loved the most.

He has decided to step away to spend more time with his kids and grandkids and also knew that the potential of going out on a high, with a XXXX League Championship title, was the best way to say goodbye.

With his old state championship jacket still a favourite to wear around town and to work, he was definitely hoping for an upgrade.

The 2022 Gold Coast Vikings, with Simon Lyons (far right). Photo: Jason O'Brien/QRL
The 2022 Gold Coast Vikings, with Simon Lyons (far right). Photo: Jason O'Brien/QRL

“That’s one reason why I decided it was time,” Lyons said.

“Hopefully we can go up there, get that done. That would be a great way to finish … but not everyone gets the fairytale, that’s for sure.

“This team, they’ve shown their potential. We are the current SEQ champs and one more step forward, we could be the state champs.

“They can do it. They just have to believe in themselves, listen to what the coach has to say. They can do it, that’s for sure. They’re very gifted players.”

As for a repeat trip to the Mad Cow?

“Oh, hell yes,” Lyons said.

“Hopefully for celebratory drinks, but if it has to be the other way around, I’m sure we’ll cop it. I’ve told all the boys we’ll be going to the Mad Cow and to get ready for it.”

Simon Lyons' 2010 state championship jacket.
Simon Lyons' 2010 state championship jacket.

Full scores and information for all Queensland A Grade competitions for the weekend July 22-24 are below.

South East region

BRL Premier A Grade

Round 15 results 

Carina Tigers 60 def Souths Junior 22
Bulimba Bulldogs 28 drew Beenleigh Pride 28
Valleys Diehards 38 def Normanby Hounds 24
Wynnum Juniors 30 def Brighton Roosters 22
Wests Brisbane Panthers 34 def Pine Rivers Bears 22

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 West Brisbane Panthers 14 14 0 0 0 272 42
2 Bulimba Bulldogs 14 11 2 1 0 280 37
3 Beenleigh Pride 14 7 5 2 0 42 30
4 Valleys Diehards 14 8 6 0 0 32 30
5 Wynnum Juniors 14 8 6 0 0 -8 30
6 Pine Rivers Bears 14 7 6 1 0 88 29
7 Brighton Roosters 14 5 9 0 0 12 24
8 Normanby Hounds 14 4 10 0 0 -174 22
9 Carina Tigers 14 3 11 0 0 -176 20
10 Souths Junior 14 1 13 0 0 -368 16

QTOP Premiership - Gold Coast

Round 15 was postponed due to weather. 

Ladder as it stands after Round 14.

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
Burleigh Bears 13 10 3 0 0 129 33
2 Tugun Seahawks 14 9 5 0 0 138 32
3 Southport Tigers 13 9 4 0 0 166 31
4 Mudgeeraba Redbacks 12 8 3 1 0 129 29
5 Runaway Bay Seagulls 12 6 6 0 0 -34 24
6 Ormeau Shearers 14 5 9 0 0 -99 24
7 Currumbin Eagles 13 3 10 0 0 -98 19
8 Helensvale Hornets 13 1 11 1 0 -331 16

A Grade Premiership – Ipswich

Round 14 results

Redbank Plains Bears 30 def Fassifern Bombers 24
Swifts Bluebirds 48 def Norths Tigers 36
Brothers Ipswich 54 def Goodna Eagles 16

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Swifts Bluebirds 12 12 0 0 0 266 24
2 Redbank Plains Bears 12 6 5 0 1 64 14
3 Brothers Ipswich 12 6 5 0 1 54 14
4 Norths Tigers 12 6 6 0 0 -50 12
5 Fassifern Bombers 12 2 9 0 1 -100 6
6 Goodna Eagles 9 1 8 0 0 -234 2

South East Women's Holcim Cup

Round 11 results

Valleys Diehards 22 def Ormeau Shearers 4
Wynnum Juniors 30 def Runaway Bay Seagulls 16
Goodna Eagles def Waterford/Logan Brothers (forfeit)

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Ormeau Shearers 11 6 4 1 0 68 24
2 Valleys Diehards 10 7 2 0 0 142 23
3 Goodna Eagles 10 6 3 1 0 110 23
4 Runaway Bay Seagulls 11 5 4 2 0 34 23
5 Wynnum Manly Juniors 11 5 5 0 0 -68 20
6 Waterford / Logan Brothers 9 0 8 0 0 -286 9

Central region

4BU/HITZ FM Bundaberg A Grade Premiership

Round 6 (replay of postponed round)

Maryborough Wallaroos 48 def East Magpies 18
Bundaberg Past Brothers 46 def West Panthers 12
Waves Tigers 12 def Hervey Bay Seagulls 6

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Waves Tigers 15 11 3 1 0 146 23
2 Hervey Bay Seagulls 15 8 4 2 0 284 19
3 Past Brothers Bundaberg 15 8 6 1 0 54 17
4 East Magpies 15 6 7 1 0 -8 14
5 West Panthers 15 5 9 0 0 -88 11
6 Wallaroos Maryborough 15 2 11 1 0 -388 6

Central Highlands Fair Dinkum Fresh Women’s Premiership

Bye round

Ladder as it stands after Round 11

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Blackwater Crushettes 11 9 2 0 0 238 18
2 Bluff Rabbitohs 11 6 4 1 0 66 13
3 Emerald Tigers 11 5 5 1 0 2 11
4 Emerald Brothers 11 1 10 0 0 -306 2

Central Highlands Emerald Industrial Supplies Men's Premiership

Semi-finals

Springsure Mountain Men 28 def Emerald Tigers 26
Dysart Bulls 28 def Clermont Bears 10

Springsure and Clermont advance to next weekend's semi-final. Dysart advance to the grand final.

Ladder following regular season.

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Dysart Bulls 14 13 1 0 0 530 26
2 Clermont Bears  14 12 2 0 0 260 24
3 Springsure Mountain Men 14 11 3 0 0 166 22
4 Emerald Tigers  14 6 7 1 0 -20 13
5 Emerald Brothers 14 4 10 0 0 -168 8
6 Bluff Rabbitohs 14 4 9 1 0 -84 7
7 Blackwater Crushers 14 3 11 0 0 -444 6
8 Middlemount Panthers 14 2 12 0 0 -240 4

Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba Men’s Premiership

Round 14 results

Gatton Hawks 16 def Warwick Cowboys 12
Wattles Warriors 56 def Pittsworth Danes 4
Goondiwindi Boars 60 def Southern Suburbs Tigers 6
Oakey Bears 80 def Newtown Lions 6
Toowoomba Valleys Roosters 38 def Toowoomba Brothers 16
Highfields Eagles 32 def Dalby Diehards 6

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Wattles Warriors 13 11 2 0 0 393 23
2 Gatton Hawks 13 11 2 0 0 372 23
3 Highfields Eagles 13 11 2 0 0 353 23
4 Goondiwindi Boars 13 10 3 0 0 258 21
5 Dalby Diehards 13 9 4 0 0 114 19
6 Toowoomba Valleys Roosters 13 8 5 0 0 106 17
7 Warwick Cowboys 13 7 6 0 0 146 15
8 Oakey Bears 13 4 9 0 0 -66 9
9 Southern Suburbs Tigers 13 3 10 0 0 -308 7
10 Pittsworth Danes 13 2 11 0 0 -206 5
11 Toowoomba Brothers 13 2 11 0 0 -214 5
12 Newtown Lions 13 0 13 0 0 -948 1

Toowoomba Sports Club Women's Premiership

Round 14 results

Highfields Eagles 22 def Dalby Diehards 8
Goondiwindi Boars def Pittsworth Danes (forfeit)
Newtown Lions 22 def Oakey Bears 8
Toowoomba Valleys Roosters 40 def Toowoomba Brothers 6
Byes:

Ladder has not been updated. Table below is as it stands after Round 12.

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Gatton Hawks 10 10 0 0 0 344 20
2 Newtown Lions 10 8 1 0 0 248 17
3 Toowoomba Valleys Roosters 10 6 3 0 0 136 13
4 Oakey Bears 10 5 4 0 0 48 11
5 Goondiwindi Boars 9 5 4 0 0 -14 10
6 Highfields Eagles 10 3 6 0 0 -50 7
7 Dalby Diehards 11 2 8 0 0 -164 5
8 Toowoomba Brothers 11 2 8 0 0 -222 5
9 Pittsworth Danes 9 1 8 0 0 -326 2

Maudsley Excavations Cup Men - Sunshine Coast

Round 14 results

Noosa Pirates 34 def Caboolture Snakes 4
Maroochydore Swans 50 def Kawana Dolphins 0
Caloundra Sharks 33 def Beerwah Bulldogs 32
Cancelled: Gympie Devils v Nambour Crushers

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Maroochydore Swans 13 11 0 2 0 258 50
2 Kawana Dolphins 13 10 3 0 0 171 42
3 Beerwah Bulldogs 13 8 5 0 0 128 34
4 Noosa Pirates 13 6 6 1 0 -48 28
5 Caloundra Sharks 12 5 6 1 0 -47 26
6 Caboolture Snakes 13 3 8 2 0 -63 18
7 Gympie Devils 11 2 9 0 0 -206 12
8 Nambour Crushers 12 2 10 0 0 -193 10

Maudsley Excavations Cup Women – Sunshine Coast

Round 14 results

Caboolture Snakes 38 def Noosa Pirates 10
Caloundra Sharks 54 def Beerwah Bulldogs 6
Cancelled: Gympie Devils v Nambour Crushers
Bye: Kawana Dolphins

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Caloundra Sharks 13 10 1 0 2 334 48
2 Kawana Dolphins 14 10 2 0 2 260 48
3 Caboolture Snakes 13 8 3 0 2 218 40
4 Beerwah Bulldogs 13 6 5 0 2 -70 32
5 Noosa Pirates 13 4 7 0 2 -56 24
6 Gympie Devils 12 0 10 0 2 -286 8
7 Nambour Crushers 12 0 10 0 2 -400 8

Rockhampton Rugby League

Round 13 results

Norths Chargers 44 def Fitzroy/Gracemere Sharks 18
Rockhampton Brothers 24 def Emu Park Emus 20
Yeppoon Seagulls 68 def Gladstone Valleys Diehards 8
Postponed: Brothers Gladstone v Tannum Sands Seagulls

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Yeppoon Seagulls 11 9 1 1 0 268 21
2 Fitzroy / Gracemere Sharks 12 9 3 0 0 57 19
3 Norths Chargers 11 7 4 0 0 75 16
4 Rockhampton Brothers 10 6 3 1 0 146 15
5 Emu Park Emus 10 5 5 0 0 7 13
6 Gladstone Valleys Diehards 11 3 8 0 0 -136 8
7 Gladstone Brothers 10 2 9 0 0 -109 5
8 Tannum Sands Seagulls 7 1 9 0 0 -204 3

Rockhampton Rugby League Women’s

Round 13 results

Gladstone Wallaby RLFC 26 def Tannum Sands Seagulls 8
Rockhampton Brothers 30 def Emu Park Emus 16
Fitzroy/Gracemere Sharks 92 def Norths Chargers 10
Bye: Yeppoon Seagulls

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Rockhampton Brothers 10 8 1 1 2 258 18
2 Emu Park Emus 9 7 1 1 1 171 17
3 Gladstone Wallaby RLFC 11 6 5 0 1 6 12
4 Fitzroy / Gracemere Sharks 10 5 5 0 1 76 11
5 Yeppoon Seagulls 9 4 5 0 1 48 9
6 Tannum Sands Seagulls 10 3 7 0 2 -106 7
7 Norths Chargers 9 0 9 0 2 -427 2

Northern District Rugby League

Round 5 (replay of a postponed round)

Gin Gin Hawks 44 def South Kolan Sharks 38
Miriam Vale Magpies 26 def Avondale Tigers 18

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Miriam Vale Magpies 11 9 1 1 0 182 19
2 South Kolan Sharks 11 5 4 2 0 -10 12
3 Gin Gin Hawks 11 3 7 1 0 2 7
4 Avondale Tigers 11 3 8 0 0 -174 6

Central West Rugby League

Bye round

# Teams P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Longreach / Ilfracombe Tigers 8 6 2 0 2 96 12
2 Blackall Magpies 8 5 3 0 2 38 10
3 Winton Diamantina Devils 8 4 4 0 2 -2 8
4 Barcaldine Sandgoannas 8 4 4 0 2 -33 8
5 Alpha Brumbies 8 1 7 0 2 -99 2

Roma and District Rugby League

Round 13 scores TBC

Ladder as it stands after Round 12

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Roma Cities Gladiators 11 11 0 0 0 328 44
2 Wallumbilla / Surat Red Bulls 10 6 3 1 0 81 26
3 Mitchell Magpies 10 6 4 0 0 110 24
4 St George Saints 10 4 3 3 0 39 22
5 Chinchilla Bulldogs 10 5 5 0 0 32 20
6 Miles Devils 10 1 9 0 0 -176 4
7 Western Ringers 11 0 9 2 0 -396 4

South Burnett Rugby League

Round 11 postponed

Ladder as it stands after Round 10.

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Murgon Mustangs 7 6 1 0 0 32 12
2 Nanango Stags 7 5 2 0 0 80 10
3 Cherbourg Hornets 7 3 4 0 0 -120 6
4 Kingaroy Red Ants 7 2 5 0 0 46 4
5 Wondai Wolves 8 2 6 0 0 -50 4

Central Burnett Rugby League

Round 7 results

Monto Roos 42 def Mundubbera Tigers 30
Bye: Gayndah Gladiators

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Gayndah Gladiators  5 4 1 0 3 112 14
2 Monto Roos 5 3 2 0 3 -46 12
3 Mundubbera Tigers 6 1 5 0 2 -66 6

North region

CDRL A Grade

Round 15 results

Edmonton Storm 34 def Yarrabah Seahawks 32
Innisfail Brothers 48 def Cairns Kangaroos 20
Mossman Sharks 76 def Mareeba Gladiators 22
Southern Suburbs Cockatoos 40 def Ivanhoe Knights 32
Cairns Brothers 22 def Atherton Roosters 14
Bye: Tully Tigers

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Mossman Sharks 13 11 2 0 2 208 26
2 Cairns Brothers 14 11 3 0 1 190 24
3 Innisfail Brothers 14 11 3 0 1 176 24
4 Atherton Roosters 13 8 5 0 2 140 20
5 Cairns Kangaroos 13 8 5 0 2 22 20
6 Ivanhoe Knights 13 7 6 0 2 56 18
7 Southern Suburbs Cockatoos 14 5 9 0 1 -58 12
8 Yarrabah Seahawks 13 4 9 0 2 -102 12
9 Tully Tigers 14 4 10 0 1 -139 10
10 Mareeba Gladiators 13 1 12 0 2 -345 6
11 Edmonton Storm 14 4 10 0 1 -148 2

Mackay Men

Round 13 results

Sarina Crocs 48 def Moranbah Miners 12
Carltons Devils 30 def Whitsunday Brahmans 14
Wests Tigers 30 def Souths Sharks 12
Mackay Magpies 16 def Mackay Brothers 14

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Wests Tigers 13 9 3 1 0 54 19
2 Carltons Devils 13 9 4 0 0 109 18
3 Mackay Magpies 13 9 4 0 0 106 18
4 Mackay Brothers 13 6 6 1 0 22 13
5 Souths Sharks 13 5 8 0 0 -50 10
6 Whitsunday Brahmans 13 5 8 0 0 -126 10
7 Sarina Crocs 13 4 8 1 0 2 9
8 Moranbah Miners 13 2 8 3 0 -117 7

Mackay Women

Round 13 results

Mackay Brothers 18 def Mackay Magpies 4
Bye: Carltons Devils
No score submitted: Sarina Crocs v Moranbah Miners

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Mackay Magpies 7 6 1 0 6 178 24
2 Mackay Brothers 8 7 1 0 5 74 24
3 Carltons Devils 6 3 3 0 5 90 16
4 Moranbah Miners 6 1 5 0 5 -86 12
5 Sarina Crocs 7 0 7 0 5 -216 10

Townsville District Rugby League Men

Round 13 results

Townsville Brothers 32 def Centrals ASA Tigers 12
Burdekin Roosters 16 def Herbert River Crushers 10
Charters Towers Miners 42 def Norths Devils 30
Bye: Western Lions

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Townsville Brothers 13 10 2 0 1 222 22
2 Herbert River Crushers 13 8 3 0 2 68 20
3 Western Lions 13 6 5 0 2 14 16
4 Charters Towers Miners 13 5 5 1 2 66 15
5 Burdekin Roosters 13 5 6 0 2 -26 14
6 Centrals ASA Tigers 13 5 7 0 1 -82 12
7 Norths Devils 13 0 11 1 2 -262 5

Townsville District Rugby League Women

Round 13 results

Centrals ASA Tigers 34 def Townsville Brothers 12
Norths Devils 12 def Charter Towners Miners 10
Burdekin Roosters 24 def Herbert River Crushers 12
Bye: Western Lions

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Burdekin Roosters 13 11 0 0 2 242 26
2 Herbert River Crushers 13 7 4 0 2 14 18
3 Western Lions 13 6 4 0 2 130 16
4 Centrals ASA Tigers 13 7 5 0 1 82 16
5 Charters Towers Miners 13 5 6 0 2 -48 14
6 Norths Devils 13 2 9 0 2 -180 8
7 Townsville Brothers 13 1 11 0 1 -240 4

Completed seasons

Mount Isa Rugby League

Grand final

Mt Isa Wanderers 28 def Mt Isa Townies 16

Mount Isa Rugby League Women

Grand final

Mt Isa Wranglers 36 def Mt Isa Brothers 0

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