Northern Pride RLFC

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Club information
Full name Northern Pride Rugby League Football Club
Nickname(s) The Pride
Colours Northern Pride colours.png Blue, Orange
Founded 2007
Current details
CEO(s) Brock Schaefer
Coach(s) Jason Demetriou
Captain(s) Anderson / Roos
Competition Intrust Super Cup
2013 1st
Home jersey
Home colours
Away jersey
Away colours
Rugby football current event.png Current season
Premierships 1 (2010)
Runners-up 1 (2009)
Minor premiership 1 (2013)
Queensland Cup
Sport Rugby league football
Inaugural season 1996
Number of teams 13
Country Australia
Premiers Mackay Cutters (2013)
Most titles Redcliffe Dolphins (5 titles)
Website Queensland Cup
Broadcast partner Nine Network

Northern Pride Rugby League Football Club is a Queensland rugby league club founded in 2007. Based in Cairns, Queensland they compete in the QRL State competition, the Intrust Super Cup, formerly the Wizard Queensland Cup. The Club represents Far North Queensland.


The Northern Pride, along with the Mackay Cutters (against whom they played their debut game), were the two expansion teams for the 2008 season of the QRL Wizard Queensland Cup.[1] Both teams are feeder clubs to the North Queensland Cowboys.

Cairns was represented in the QRL State Competition (called the Channel Nine Cup 1996-7; Queensland Cup 1998-9; Bundy Gold Cup 2000) from 1996-2000 by the Cairns Cyclones, but a lack of support resulted in their withdrawal.[2] Further representation in the competition was suggested in 2006 by a Cairns-based consortium of John O’Brien, Denis Keeffe, Nigel Tillet and John Moore, this time with the support of the North Queensland Cowboys and 9 of the 11 CDRL Clubs. The team name and logo were unveiled in July 2007 at a "Legends of Origin" lunch held at The Reef Hotel Casino.[3]

The Club is a development club built around the phrase 'Born and Bred.' It was formed to create a regionally based talent development pathway for players, coaches and administrators.[4] Prior to the creation of the Club, talented Far North Queensland rugby league players were invariably forced to move away from the region to go to schools and/or join southern based state league and national league clubs. The Northern Pride competes in the Open Men's Competition (currently called the Intrust Super Cup due to sponsorship obligations), as well as the Under-16 competition (Cyril Connell Cup) and the Under-18 competition (Mal Meninga Cup).


The original coach was Adrian Lam, who arrived in Cairns in August 2007, but was released a month later to take up a coaching position at the Sydney Roosters.[5] He was replaced by former Canberra Raiders NRL player Andrew Dunemann (2008-9) with former North Queensland Cowboys player David Maiden and Troy Cummings as Assistant Coaches. Dunemann resigned at the end of 2009 and Maiden was promoted to Head Coach with former Canberra Raiders and PNG international David Westley as Assistant Coach. Maiden left at the end of 2012 and was replaced by former Super League player Jason Demetriou (rugby league) as head coach with Ben Rauter as Assistant Coach.

Foundation captain was former North Queensland Cowboys and St. George Illawarra Dragons player Chris Sheppard.[6] Sheppard was the first player signed to the team (July 2007) and was captain and operations manager for the first three seasons. He retired after leading the Pride to Premiership victory at the 2010 Grand Final. Former North Queensland Cowboys player Ty Williams was captain for the next three seasons (2011-2013), before retiring to captain-coach the CDRL Innisfail Leprechauns. The side has also been captained by Chey Bird, Ben Laity, Ryan Stig, Mark Cantoni, Brett Anderson and Jason Roos when Sheppard and Williams were unavailable due to injury and/or representative commitments. In 2014 coach Jason Demetriou (rugby league) decided to name joint co-captains, Brett Anderson and Jason Roos.

The foundation Chief Executive Officer was Dennis Keeffe. He was replaced in 2010 by QRL Northern Division chairman John Moore. From 2011 to 2013 former team captain Chris Sheppard was CEO. He was replaced in May 2013 by Northern Pride business development manager, Brock Schaefer.[7]


The Pride's home ground is Barlow Park in Cairns. The playing field is 114 metres long (100 metres of field plus two 7 metre in goal areas) by 68 metres wide. The facility is floodlit for night games with four towers providing 620 lux. The venue has a capacity of 15,000 which includes 1,700 seats (mostly undercover). The car park can accommodate approximately 300 vehicles. The Pride have played 55 home games at Barlow Park (2008-2012, 5 seasons; won 42; drawn 2; lost 11) and two home games at Pride Oval, Irene Street Mooroobool (2010 season, won 2; drawn 0; lost 0). The Pride have also played pre-season trial matches in the Cairns area at Barlow Park; Pride Oval; Jones Park, Mann Street, Westcourt; Callendar Park, Innisfail; Jilara Oval, Yarrabah; Mossman Showgrounds; NQ Hardware Stadium, Atherton; Tully Showgrounds and Davies Park, Mareeba.

The team has trained at a number of venues, including Barlow Park, West Barlow Park, Pride Oval and CDRL's Jones Park at Mann Street, Westcourt.

The Pride's Leagues Club is the former CDRL Kangaroos Club at Pride Oval, Irene Street, Mooroobool.


2008 - Inaugural Season[edit]

In their first year in the Wizard Queensland Cup the CRGT Northern Pride came 3rd, just losing the Preliminary Final in golden point extra-time to the Souths Logan Magpies, who went on to win the 2008 Grand Final.
Foundation coach was Andrew Dunemann, who had played for the Canberra Raiders, Leeds Rhinos, Halifax RLFC and South Sydney Rabbitohs, and had been Under-20s coach for the Canberra Raiders. Assistant coach was David Maiden.
Foundation captain was Chris Sheppard, who had played for the North Queensland Cowboys and St. George Illawarra Dragons.

2008 Ladder[edit]

Round 22 - 2008 Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
3 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 20 13 0 7 2 494 416 +78 30

2009 - Runners Up[edit]

The CRGT Northern Pride followed up the impressive first season by finishing second and reaching the Grand Final. The Pride's first Grand Final appearance ended in a 32-18 loss to the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles at Stockland Park. Coach Andrew Dunemann left at the end of the season to take up a position as assistant coach to Rick Stone at the Newcastle Knights.

2009 Ladder[edit]

Round 22 - 2009 Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
2 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 22 14 0 8 564 445 +119 28

2010 - Premiers[edit]

David Maiden took over as coach. Maiden played for the North Queensland Cowboys, Gateshead Thunder and Hull, as well as representing Scotland as an international in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup.

The Skill360 Northern Pride finished fourth and made the Grand Final, having won 11 matches in a row leading into the Grand Final. They won the Grand Final, beating Norths Devils 30-20 at Suncorp Stadium. Captain Chris Sheppard won the Duncan Hall Medal for his man-of-the-match performance in the Grand Final, which was his last game before retirement.

Grand Final video highlights.

2010 Ladder[edit]

Round 22 - 2010 Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
4 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 22 14 0 8 501 446 +55 28


Between Round 14 of the 2010 season and Round 5 of the 2011 season, the Skill360 Northern Pride won 17 consecutive games, a Queensland Cup record. After a draw in Round 6 and a win in Round 7, the Pride were unbeaten after 19 matches. The Pride finished the 2011 season in second place, but were eliminated after losing the semi-final 26-20 to Tweed Heads Seagulls at Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe.

2011 Ladder[edit]

Round 22 - 2011 Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
2 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 22 15 2 5 596 373 +223 32


In 2012, the club finished seventh to miss out on a finals appearance for the first time in their short history. At the end of the season, Head Coach David Maiden resigned, while fullback Chey Bird, who scored 572 points in 94 appearances for the Pride, retired along with former North Queensland Cowboys star Rod Jensen, who scored 36 tries in 69 games for the club, second on the Pride's all-time try scorer list. Video Highlights.

2012 Ladder[edit]

Round 22 - 2012 Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
7 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 22 12 1 9 554 497 +57 25

2013 - Minor Premiers[edit]

Former Super League player Jason Demetriou replaced David Maiden as coach, and Brock Schaefer replaced Chris Sheppard as CEO. The Pride finished first and won their first Minor Premiership. Head Coach Jason Demetriou was awarded the Men of League Coach of the Year. The Pride lost both Finals games (the Major Semi-Final and the Preliminary Final) and missed out on a Grand Final appearance. At the end of the season Captain Ty Williams retired.

2013 Ladder[edit]

Round 22 - 2013 Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 22 17 0 5 2 703 296 +407 38

2014 Season[edit]

Coach Jason Demetriou (rugby league) decided to name joint co-captains, Brett Anderson and Jason Roos. Barlow Park was renamed 'The Jungle' and the Pride introduced a new mascot, Barlow the lion.

2014 Ladder[edit]

Round xx - 2014 Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
0 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +/-0 0

2014 Squad[edit]

Club Records[edit]

  • Most points: Chey Bird, 544 points (23 tries, 226 goals)
  • Most tries: Brett Anderson, 53 tries
  • Most goals: Chey Bird, 226 goals
  • Most field-goals: Chris Sheppard, 3 field-goals
  • Most points in a season: Chey Bird, 216 points (5 tries, 97 goals) 2011 season
  • Most tries in a season: Tom Humble 20 tries, 2009 season
  • Most goals in a season: Chey Bird, 97 goals, 2011 season
  • Most appearances:


Special playing strips[edit]

The five communities of the NPA Region: Injinoo, Umagico, Bamaga, New Mapoon and Seisia, the communities are represented on the five dots on the boomerang.
The five tribes the Traditional Owners of the NPA Anggamuthi, Atambaya, Wuthati, Yadhaykenu and Gudang. The tribes are depicted through the five rivers that stream from the bottom of the boomerang.
The main centrepiece of the design the Torres Strait Headress (Dhari) traditionally known as a Dhibal, is from Saibai Island, which makes up the majority of the TSI population in the NPA which migrated to the NPA throughout the 1940’s. The Dhari as a significant importance in TSI culture, the initiation of young men into warriors, celebrated through dance and ceremonies.
The boomerang represents the Aboriginal peoples of the NPA, used in hunting and gathering and significant ceremonies.
  • 2012: Pink socks and pink bootlaces for the Breast Cancer Foundation and Women in League Round, Round 15 played on Saturday 23 June 2012 at Barlow Park against Tweed Heads Seagulls.
  • 2012: Orange jersey for the Round 17 game played on Saturday 14 July 2012 at Alec Inch Oval, Mt Isa against Souths Logan Magpies.


Naming rights sponsor:

  • 2008-2009: CRGT Northern Pride
  • 2010-2013: Skill360 Northern Pride
  • 2014- : Sea Swift

Jersey sponsor (back of jersey):

  • Sea Swift (Northern Pride Platinum partner)
  • Brothers Leagues Club, Cairns
  • Queensland Country Credit Union (Official Health Fund Provider)

Sleeve sponsor:

  • 2008-2010: NQ X-Ray
  • 2011-2013: Skytrans
  • 2014- :

Shorts sponsor:

Shirt manufacturer:

  • Emu Sportswear.

Other sponsors: XXXX; Pacific Toyota; Cairns District Rugby League; Calanna Pharmacy; Tropic Wings; GATA Plastering; All Seasons Cairns Colonial Club; Cairns Plan Printing; Yalumba Winery.
Media partners: Sea FM; WIN Television; Cairns Post.


Pride representative players[edit]

Pride players who played in the NRL[edit]

Main article: National Rugby League
Player NRL Clubs
Brett Anderson North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
Chris Sheppard North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons
Tom Humble Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels
Brenton Bowen North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
Greg Byrnes North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Rod Jensen North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Ty Williams North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Aidan Day North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Joel Riethmuller North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Ben Laity North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Germaine Paulson South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
Jaiman Lowe South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
Lancen Joudo Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks
Luke Harlen Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks
Ryan Stig Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights
Saia Makisi Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs Magpies
Sam Obst Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
Semi Tadulala Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm

Pride players who played French Elite One Championship[edit]

Player Elite One Club
Mark Cantoni Salanque Méditerranée Pia XIII (Pia Donkeys)
Saia Makisi AS Carcassonne

Televised Games[edit]

The Pride have had 31 matches televised (2008-2013, 6 seasons; won 15; drawn 1; lost 15).

ABC TV[edit]

Between 2008 and 2011, Queensland Cup matches were televised by ABC TV, with one match a week shown live across Queensland on ABC1 at 2.00pm (AEST) on Saturday afternoons. The commentary team was Gerry Collins, Warren Boland and David Wright.

  • 2008 Northern Pride televised games - ABC TV
  • 2009 Northern Pride televised games - ABC TV
  • 2010 Northern Pride televised games - ABC TV
  • 2011 Northern Pride televised games - ABC TV

Channel Nine[edit]

From 2012, games were televised by Channel 9, with one match a week shown live across Queensland on Channel 9, WIN Television (RTQ) and in remote areas on Imparja Television at 2.00pm (AEST) on Sunday afternoons (except during coverage of the London Olympics). The first home game broadcast from Barlow Park, Cairns was Round 13, Sunday 10 June 2012 against traditional rivals Mackay Cutters. In August 2012 as part of the historic $1 billion five-year broadcasting agreement with Nine and Fox Sports, the Australian Rugby League Commission confirmed that Intrust Super Cup matches would continue to be televised by Channel 9 until 2018. From 2013 matches were also broadcast in Papua New Guinea on Kundu 2 TV.

The 2012 commentary team was Andrew Voss, Ben Ikin and Nick Curry. The 2013 commentary team was Peter Psaltis, Paul Green, Matthew Thompson, Scott Sattler and Adrian Vowles.

Live Streaming[edit]

From Round 1 2012 the Pride began live streaming their home games free to members via their website ($5 for non-members).[10] From Round 5 2012 away games were streamed through the website as well (Free to members, $5 to non-members).[11] In 2013, all matches (including pre-season trials but excluding matches broadcast live by Channel Nine) were streamed live through the Pride website, with access granted exclusively to Pride members.[12] Video production was by Studio Productions and the commentary team was Adam Jackson and Northern Pride Under-18s coach, Cameron 'Spiller' Miller.


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