The Queensland Rugby League have got a jump start on their national cousins by unveiling their 2016 draw for the upcoming Intrust Super Cup season on Tuesday.
So, get your pens ready, clear the calendar, cancel all non-essential get-togethers and save the date etc.
Similar to 2015, next season contains 25 rounds with each team having two byes throughout the season. And for the first time in three seasons the competition starts with the same number of teams as the previous year after the Townsville Blackhawks and PNG Hunters joined in 2015 and 2014 respectively.
The season kicks off with the Zaidee Rainbow Foundation round for Organ and Tissue donation awareness in partnership with the Ackerman Family Trust. Country Week also returns for Round 20 in July, as well as Women in League Round, Indigenous Appreciation Round and Men of League / NRL Foundation Round. Unfortunately it was too late to take on our idea for a Magic Weekend style carnival weekend. Maybe next year.
A point of interest includes the full time return of the PNG Hunters to Port Moresby and Sir John Guise Stadium, a ground which saw full houses of 15,000 at games in 2015 on the three occasions games were played there. Maybe with the extra 100,000+ fans this move will bring, the Hunters may get a home final this year if they make the end of season showdown.
After a season which provided many highlights and some of the lowest points in Australian sport in 2015, all will be hoping for a continuation of the great rugby league on the field, and many more good times for all the fans in 2016. Stay in touch with NothingButLeague for the news, and more.
EARLY SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
MACKAY CUTTERS v CENTRAL CAPRAS
Kim Williams meets his previous side Mackay in his first game in charge of the Rockhampton based Central Capras.
SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES v PNG HUNTERS
An early South East Queensland game for the popular Hunters at a ground they’ve haven’t lost at.
IPSWICH JETS v TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS
Grand Final replay on Defence Force Appreciation Day. With the poaching of Ipswich’s talent by NRL clubs, the question is whether the Walker brothers be able to weave their magic with a new squad. If they haven’t left for the NRL themselves. Revenge is awaiting the Blackhawks.
EASTS TIGERS v SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS
A second game in two week where a coach who has moved pre season meets their old club. This time it’s Craig Ingebrigtsen returning to Easts with the Falcons.
WYNNUM SEAGULLS v REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS
An early Bayside Herald clash between the two sea-siders. Always a competitive fixture and one circled by both sets of fans.
WYNNUM SEAGULLS v EASTS TIGERS
A traditional clash early in the season, who have avoided clashing in the final round this year. They’ll meet again in Round 23.
PNG HUNTERS v TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS
Whilst only a new rivalry, it is one of the Intrust Super Cup’s best with some great clashes in the first season. PNG will be looking for semi final revenge. PNG favourite Willie Minoga will face his old club after his switch to Townsville.
But it’s all good, and anyone with a spare weekend afternoon should invest their $10 into some Intrust Super Cup gold in 2016 at their local venue.
Click here for the 2016 Intrust Super Cup Draw