Gold Coast Titans
|Full name||Gold Coast Titans|
|Ground(s)||Skilled Park (27,400)|
|Competition||National Rugby League|
|Wooden spoons||1 (2011)|
|Most capped||150* - Mark Minichiello|
|Most points||719 - Scott Prince|
The Gold Coast Titans are an Australian professional rugby league football club, based in the Gold Coast, Queensland. The club competes in Australasia's elite rugby league competition, the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership. It is the newest of the sixteen clubs in the league, having commenced its inaugural season on 18 March 2007. Since 2008, the Titans have played their home games at Skilled Park, Robina, Queensland.
The Titans are the second top-level rugby league club to have been based on the Gold Coast, the first being the ill-fated Gold Coast Chargers (also known as the Giants and the Seagulls), which existed from 1988 to 1998.
- 1 History
- 2 Season summaries
- 3 Emblem and colours
- 4 Stadium
- 5 Titans TV
- 6 Players
- 7 Honours
- 8 Sponsorship
- 9 The Titanium Bar
- 10 Supporters
- 11 Feeder clubs
- 12 References
- 13 External links
The beginnings of a Gold Coast team's bid to return to the National Rugby League began when the Australian Rugby League decided to remove the financially successful Gold Coast Chargers from the National Rugby League at the end of the 1998 Season. The ARL wanted to have a second major team based in Brisbane and believed the best way to achieve this was by removing the Gold Coast team from the competition. The attempt to launch a second Brisbane team failed and in 1999, Michael Searle, former Gold Coast Chargers player and Managing Director of International Sports Australia, formed a Gold Coast Bid Team. The team included former Chargers boss Paul Broughton and was labelled as "The Gold Coast Consortium" by the media. The board were constantly active in lobbying the NRL to both expand the competition and consider the Gold Coast’s bid for inclusion. They were successful in organising pre-season NRL trial matches to be hosted on the Gold Coast and with average attendances of over 16,000, and peak attendances topping 20,000, the popularity of rugby league on the Coast was clear.
I firmly believe rugby league should be looking to expand. The Gold Coast area is growing at a phenomenal rate. There are 89 rugby league teams in Gold Coast primary schools and 59 teams in Gold Coast high schools representing about 2,300 young players. That's just schoolboys.
If you take the catchment area from South Brisbane to Byron Bay in northern NSW, you are looking at a rugby league heartland starving for recognition. These areas would only blossom even more if the young players had a senior team in the NRL competition to which they could aspire.
South-east Queensland needs another NRL team desperately and for a whole host of reasons.
In August 2004, the NRL rejected Michael Searle's bid for re-adding a Gold Coast team. However later, during an episode of Nine Network's The NRL Footy Show, the "Gold Coast Consortium" announced their team name and jersey to the public from the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. Initially the team was to be named the Gold Coast Dolphins, with the team colours to be white, jade and orange. While the Dolphins moniker was popular among many, the heavyweight Brisbane Queensland Cup side the Redcliffe Dolphins saw it as a threat for any prospect of entering the NRL they had, and as a result threatened severe legal action if the Gold Coast used the Dolphins name. Midway through that year the National Rugby League announced that after viewing submissions from the Gold Coast Dolphins, the Central Coast Bears and the Wellington Orcas, there would not be a 16th team included in the 2006 NRL competition. Reasons given to the Gold Coast was the National Rugby Leagues concern over the quality and capacity of their homeground, Carrara Stadium, which is an oval and only seats 16,000 (although it has been known to fit in 23,000 after minor redevelopment).
Although their bid was knocked back, the consortium continued to push heavily in 2005 for a Gold Coast NRL team, changing the entry year to 2007. The Gold Coast received a massive boost when the Queensland Government announced they would spend A$100 million on a new, 25,000-seat rectangular stadium in Robina for the Gold Coast should they be accepted into the 2007 competition. The stadium would not be completed until early 2008 yet the promise of a new first-class facility was enough for the NRL to accept the Gold Coasts bid and on 27 May 2005, NRL CEO David Gallop announced that the Gold Coast franchise would be the 16th team in the 2007 NRL season.
In the time since the Gold Coast was admitted, the Titans completed a vigorous recruitment drive, they announced the signing of Sydney Roosters assistant coach John Cartwright as the Titans first head-coach and successfully signed contracts with established players such as Dally M Medal winner Preston Campbell, Queensland & Australian representative Scott Prince, New South Wales & Australian representative Luke Bailey and enticing former league player Mat Rogers back from rugby union.
2007-2008 - Laying the Foundations
In February 2007, the Titans played their historic first game in a trial against the previous season's Minor-Premiers and Grand Finalists Melbourne Storm, previously the newest club in the League (apart from the merged teams). They were beaten in the club's first hit-out but over the following weeks, Cartwright fielded his full strength team in two other pre-season trials, winning 22–10 over the Parramatta Eels for the club's first victory. The following week in the team first played in front of their home fans on the Gold Coast, they ran out 28–6 winners over the Penrith Panthers. Although merely trial matches, the signs were positive for the Titans' debut season to come.
The Titans played their first official match in Round 1 of the 2007 NRL season against the St George Illawarra Dragons. Their first game was moved from their home ground, Carrara Stadium, to Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane due to the huge demand of fans eager to see the new Gold Coast outfit in action, and on 18 March 2007, in front of over 42,000 people they made their debut. Gold Coast performed admirably but after falling 14 points behind in the second half 20–6 they couldn't manage a full comeback losing a tight match 20–18. Former Queensland State of Origin winger Chris Walker, who had been released by Melbourne Storm due to off-field troubles in 2006, started his rugby league comeback scoring two tries and two conversions for a 14 point haul for the Titans.
The close loss to the Dragons wouldn't last long in the memories of Titans fans as a week later the Gold Coast franchise recorded their first official victory in another tight match, winning 18–16 against the Cronulla Sharks at home. The start of the season saw the Titans only manage four wins in the first ten rounds but a mid-season five-week-long winning streak of four wins and a bye saw the Titans sitting in the top four at the conclusion of Round 15. The streak was ended in a poor 22–6 loss against the New Zealand Warriors at home, then they slumped to a 5-match losing streak which included a golden point loss to the Brisbane Broncos in Round 17 and a 56–10 loss at the hands of the Canberra Raiders in Round 18. The Titans wouldn't register another win until Round 21, but by then they had already slipped to 11th position and needed to obtain maximum points from the final four rounds to confirm a spot in the finals in their maiden season. The side only managed one win from the final four matches, however, missing out on the finals. In the final round, a 50–6 thrashing at the hands of eventual Premiers Melbourne Storm ended the Titans' debut season on somewhat of a sour note, with the young Gold Coast franchise finishing the season in 12th position with 10 wins, 14 losses and a bye for 22 competition points.
Despite having an outdated home ground (Carrara Stadium) as they waited for their new stadium (Skilled Park) to be completed, the Titans had the second-highest average attendance of all NRL clubs for 2007.
In their debut season, the Gold Coast club had turned over $16 million.
The Titans played their first official match at their new Stadium, Skilled Park, against the North Queensland Cowboys with the final score being 36–18. Rookie Jordan Atkins became only the second person in the history of Australian rugby league to score four tries on debut, alongside Canterbury's Tony Nash in 1942. The sellout 26,974-strong crowd assisted the Titans in firmly establishing that they were a force to be reckoned with in 2008.
The club went on to hit top place on the NRL ladder for the first time after round 6. They managed to maintain top spot on the ladder all the way until round 11, when a loss to Wests Tigers saw them forfeit top spot to the Sydney Roosters, who led in points differential. At the conclusion of Round 14, the Titans were equal first on points, fourth on points differential, employing a perfect home record for inspiration. Despite facing a tough home stretch, the Titans placed admirably in their pursuit of an inaugural finals campaign.
One of the Titans' strongest points in 2008 was the form of halfback Scott Prince, who earned selection for State of Origin. However early in Game 3, his arm was broken, putting him on the sideline for the season. Subsequently the Titans lost four straight games.
They finished their season at 13th on the NRL ladder.
This year their turnover increased to $22 million and the club posted a $1.5m profit.
2009-2010 - First Finals Appearance
Similar to the Titans previous seasons, they find themselves on top of the competition ladder after six rounds sitting on ten premiership points alongside their rivals the Brisbane Broncos. Early victories against the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm away from home without skipper Scott Prince, silenced many of their critics who believed they could not win away from the holiday strip or without their veteran halfback.
Many of the Titans NYC side made their debut and turned into regular first-graders, such as Esi Tonga, David Mead and Kevin Gordon. Kayne Lawton, Bodene Thompson and Selasi Berdie also made their NRL debut.
For the second year in succession the Titans qualified for the finals, finishing 4th and thereby earning a home qualifying final against the fifth-placed New Zealand Warriors. The Titans' 28-16 win, coupled with losses for two other top four teams, meant that the Titans earned the week off and a right to host a preliminary final at the larger Suncorp Stadium, which turned out to be its 100th ever premiership match. The Titans lost to the resurgent Sydney Roosters, ending their season one week short of the Grand Final. After 2010 the Titans finished up 4th overall in the 2010 NRL season, with Mat Rogers retiring at the conclusion of the season.
2011-2012 - The Wooden Spoon and Disappointment
During the off-season the Titans lost inspirational five-eighth Mat Rogers to retirement.
To date the Titans have recorded their worst ever start to a season, losing four of their first five matches against St. George Illawarra, Melbourne, the Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland by scorelines of 16–25, 12–40, 8–14 and 12–22 respectively. This record should have been worse, at 0-5, had it not been for two Canberra errors in the Raiders match. As it stands, they currently sit 16th on the ladder. Further cruelling any chances of the Titans making a revival in 2011 is news that winger Kevin Gordon will miss the remainder of the season with a serious knee injury suffered in the 40–12 loss to Melbourne.
Their fourth game was against the Canberra Raiders which they won in golden point 23 points to 22. The Titans were the better team but lost out, but were handed a few opportunities on the back of Canberra errors such as knocking on out of a scrum feed, and an unforced knock-on by a defender running the ball back in to play off the kick. The Titans evened the score after the final siren with a scrappy try by Laffranchi. The kick that won the game was off a scrum feed, fed directly to Greg Bird who fed the ball through before the first tackle. This was the first victory for any Gold Coast team over Canberra in Canberra, after nine previous unsuccessful attempts.
The Titans signed seven new players for the 2012 season including former Australian and NSW representative Jamal Idris and current QLD representative Nate Myles former Cronulla Sharks prop Luke Douglas They also lost key foundation players such as Preston Campbell, Anthony Laffranchi, Nathan Friend and Mat Rogers.
The club started their 2012 with an impressive 18-0 win over the North Queensland Cowboys away from home. However, the success was very short lived, losing the next 5 in a row, 4 of which were at home. Round 7 saw Aidan Sezer make his NRL Debut Against the Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval. The Titans produced a 26-14 upset, with Sezer scoring in his debut. Debutant for the Titans Jamal Idris coughing up 2 tries in the round 7 match up. The next two games were loses.
From rounds 10-21, the Titans managed a mid season revival. In the period, the club only lost three times, with seven wins and two byes. The revival was not enough to push them into the finals, as they lost 4 of their last 5 matches.
In March 2012 it was found that the Titans had fallen into $35 million debt. The team fought wind-up proceedings in the Federal Court and managed to survive the crippling situation. Newly appointed CEO David May revealed that the club was debt free in 2013.
The Titans only signed a handful of players for the 2013 season, most notably Australian and Queensland representative Dave Taylor, as well as controversial halfback Albert Kelly, who had been sacked from his previous 2 clubs. The club, however, also lost their captain Scott Prince to the Brisbane Broncos.
The club managed to win 4 of their first 6 matches to put themselves in the top 8. They then lost consecutive matches against the Newcastle Knights and the New Zealand Warriors. Since then, the club and won another 4 from their next 6, to put them at 5th on the ladder.
|2007 NRL season||24||10||0||14||12 / 16||John Cartwright||Luke Bailey
|2007 Gold Coast Titans season|
|2008 NRL season||24||10||0||14||13 / 16||2008 Gold Coast Titans season|
|2009 NRL season||24 (2)||16||0||8 (2)||3 / 16||
||2009 Gold Coast Titans season|
|2010 NRL season||24 (2)||15 (1)||0||9 (1)||4 / 16||
||Scott Prince||2010 Gold Coast Titans season|
|2011 NRL season||24||6||0||18||16 / 16||
||2011 Gold Coast Titans season|
|2012 NRL season||24||10||0||14||11 / 16||2012 Gold Coast Titans season|
|2013 NRL season||24||11||0||13||9 / 16||Greg Bird
|2013 Gold Coast Titans season|
|2014 NRL season||-||-||-||-||/ 16||2014 Gold Coast Titans season|
Emblem and colours
Although they were accepted into the National Rugby League, they were without a name after dropping "Dolphins" in order to avoid legal action from the Redcliffe Dolphins. The consortium aligned themselves with Gold Coast Radio Station 90.9 Sea FM, and set up a competition in which listeners could submit possible names for the new team. This was shortlisted into ten names, which through online voting was shortened to three: Titans, Stingers and Pirates. Online voting continued, with team being branded as the Gold Coast Titans on 21 September 2005. After the team name was chosen, fans were given six jerseys to vote for on the club's website, with option 6 ultimately being successful.
For their first season in the National Rugby League, the Titans played out of Carrara Stadium on Nerang-Broadbeach Road, while their 27,000-seat stadium, known as Skilled Park through sponsorship in Robina, was being completed. Carrara Stadium was cited as one of the main reasons the Gold Coast bid was rejected in their first attempt to rejoin the NRL, due to the fact that Carrara only seated around 16,000, and was an oval.
Work on the new stadium commenced at the end of 2005, and the facility was ready for play before the start of the 2008 NRL season. The project was managed by the same company that constructed Suncorp Stadium, The Gabba – Queensland's largest and most famous stadia, and Telstra Stadium – the Sydney 2000 Olympic Stadium. The new stadium has a capacity of 27,000 – 2,000 more than originally planned for.
The Gold Coast Titans operate a TV channel, Titans TV, that serves the Gold Coast area and is carried by Foxtel on the Gold Coast. Its main programming features match highlights and player bio's.
Although other players may play for the Gold Coast Titans during the year, all NRL clubs are required to select a top 25 First Grade squad at the beginning of the season. Below is the list of their first grade players.
|Gold Coast Titans|
|First team squad||Coaching staff|
Updated: 22 February 2013
(as of 17 August 2013)
(*) player still active in the Gold Coast Titans team.
(as of 17 August 2013)
- Premierships: Nil
- Finals series: 2009, 2010
|Year||Paul Broughton Medal||Clubman of the Year||Community Award||'The Preston'||Rookie of the Year||Members Choice||U/20s Player of the Year|
|2007 ||Luke Bailey
|Brad Meyers||Preston Campbell||-||Shannon Walker||-||-|
|2008 ||Preston Campbell||Michael Hodgson||Chris Walker||-||Jordan Rankin||-||Esi Tonga|
|2009 ||Nathan Friend||Luke O'Dwyer||Preston Campbell||-||Kevin Gordon||Nathan Friend||Kayne Lawton|
|2010 ||Luke Bailey||Preston Campbell||William Zillman||-||Bodene Thompson||Mat Rogers||Matt Srama|
|2011 ||Luke Bailey||Luke Bailey||Kevin Gordon||-||Matt Srama||Preston Campbell||Jordan Rankin|
|2012 ||Nate Myles||Matt Srama||Brenton Lawrence||David Mead||Aidan Sezer||Nate Myles||Sam Irwin|
|2013 ||Greg Bird||-||Luke Douglas||William Zillman||Anthony Don||Greg Bird||Matt Beddow|
James Frizelle's Automotive Group & Audi Centre Gold Coast, a local car dealership, signed on as the first major sponsorship partner for the franchise, with a deal lasting three years.
The Gold Coast Titans officially became the "Jetstar Gold Coast Titans", on 20 September 2006, with the announcement of a five-year multi-million dollar naming rights sponsorship with Qantas owned Jetstar Airways.
Later in 2006 Castlemaine Perkins, brewer of XXXX beer, signed a five-year sponsorship agreement with the Titans. Using the XXXX Bitter brand, Castlemaine Perkins is now a Platinum Sponsor of the Titans.
- 2007–2009: Reebok
- 2010–2013: Adidas
- 2007-2012: Jetstar
- 2013: iSelect
- 2007–2011: Jetstar
- 2012–present: iSelect
- 2007–2009: Marina Quays (Top) / Australian Gas & Power (Bottom)
- 2010–2011: Australian Gas & Power (Top) / ThyssenKrupp Elevator (Bottom)
- 2012: iSelect (Top) / Learn Earn Legend (Bottom)
- 2013: Illuminated Water (Top) / Bet Ezy (Bottom)
- 2007–2010: ABC Brick Sales
- 2011–present: Coral Homes
- 2007: DTBS (Front) / Harvey Norman (Back)
- 2008–2011: Professional Investment Services (Front) / Harvey Norman (Back)
- 2012: Audi Centre Gold Coast (Home) / Jetstar (Away) / Harvey Norman (Back)
- 2013: Hyundai (Front) / Zarraffa's Coffee (Back)
The Titanium Bar
The official off-field venue of the Gold Coast Titans was the Titanium Bar. It is located on Ferny Avenue in Surfers Paradise, overlooking the Nerang River. The Gold Coast Titans fell into financial hardship in 2012 and then CEO Michael Searle was forced to sell the Titanium Bar. The venue is now known as the Helm Bar and is no longer associated with the Gold Coast Titans.
Home crowd figures
- Michael Caton, TV personality 
- Joel Parkinson, competitive surfer 
- Bernard Tomic, professional tennis player 
In 2009, Burleigh Bears linked with the Brisbane Broncos. However, by the end of the year this arrangement was cancelled, and the Bears relinked with the Titans.
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- English, Ben (10 October 2009). "A man's mission to unite NRL". The Daily Telegraph (Herald and Weekly Times). Retrieved 11 October 2009.
- Gallop, David (2007). "Australian Rugby Football League Annual Report 2007" (pdf). Australian Rugby League Limited. p. 5. Retrieved 15 July 2009.
- abc.net.au (4 October 2007). "Bailey, Laffranchi share Titans' top honour". ABC News (Australia: ABC). Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- Badel, Peter (13 September 2009). "Michael Searle proud of Gold Coast Titans". The Sunday Mail (Australia: Queensland Newspapers). Retrieved 6 November 2010.
- Gordon's season over after knee injury
- Turgeon, Luke (20 September 2007). "Titanium Titan: Broughton immortalised". The Gold Coast Bulletin.
- "Bull, Boof winners of Paul Broughton Medal". goldcoast.com.au. Retrieved 4 October 2007.
- Marshall, Matt. "Preston Campbell wins Titans player of year award". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 26 September 2008.
- Gardini, Adam. "Friend wins Paul Broughton Medal". Gold Coast Titans. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
- Dew, Jake. "Luke Bailey wins Paul Broughton Medal". goldcoast.com.au. Retrieved 6 October 2010.
- Dew, Jake. "Bailey wins third Paul Broughton medal". goldcoast.com.au. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
- Meyn, Travis (5 October 2012). "Top award for superior Myles". goldcoast.com.au.
- Meers, Daniel (26 September 2013). "Feathers in the cap for Bird". The Gold Coast Bulletin.
- "Challenging Convention – James Frizelles automotive group and the Gold Coast Titans". Gold Coast Titans Media Release. 5 September 2006.
- "It's the Jetstar Gold Coast Titans". Gold Coast Titans Media Release. 20 September 2006.
- "XXXX Announces Five Year deal with the Jetstar Titans". Gold Coast Titans Media Release. 21 December 2006.
- Rogers, Jenny (6 February 2013). "Titanium to become Helm Bar and Bistro". goldcoast.com.au.
- "Gold Coast Titans Attendances". Attendances 1957-2010. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
- Anker, Kerryn. "Michael Caton lends voice to Titans cause". goldcoast.com.au. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
- "Titans tragic Joel Parkinson picks his NRL 'dream team'". The Courier Mail. 1 March 2010.
- Turgeon, Luke (14 July 2011). "Bernard Tomic back home for visit". goldcoast.com.au.
- Gold Coast Titans
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- National Rugby League – Titans
- Daily Telegraph – Gold Coast Titans 2007 season feature