Norths Devils

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Norths Devils
Norths-Devils LOGO.PNG
Full name Northern Suburbs Rugby League Football Club
Emblem Devil
Colours Sky Blue, Navy Blue, Gold
Founded Past Grammar (1891), Northern Suburbs District (1933)
Sport Rugby league
League Queensland Wizard Cup
Ground Albert Bishop Park
Capacity
CEO Mark Murray
Captain Matty Smith
Coach Craig Hodges
2011 10th out of 12
Premierships 1934, 1938, 1940, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1980, 1998
Runners-Up 1931, 1932, 1939, 1941, 1944, 1945, 1967, 1970, 1990, 2010
Minor Premierships
Wooden Spoons
Biggest win 92-2 v Logan at Bishop Park, 2002
Worst defeat 60-10 v Burleigh at Bishop Park, 2005

The Northern Suburbs Devils, Norths for short, are a rugby league club representing the northern suburbs of Brisbane, Australia. The team colours are sky blue, navy blue and gold. They play in the Queensland Wizard Cup, and, through their predecessors, are one of the oldest clubs in Australia. Norths have won 13 A Grade, 17 Reserve Grade and 14 Colts/Third Grade Premierships. They hold the record for most consecutive A Grade Brisbane Rugby League premierships, winning six in a row between 1959 and 1964.

History[edit]

Before rugby league[edit]

The first incarnation of Northern Suburbs was the Past Grammars Rugby Union club, which was formed in 1891 as a separate Old Boys football club for Brisbane Grammar School. It shouldn't be confused with the school team known as Past & Present Grammar (made up of students, teachers & past students) which competed from 1888-90.[1] The club was quite successful in its early years, winning premierships in 1892, 1898 and 1899, as well as 1914.[1] Wallaby captain Bob McCowan was a Past Grammar played when he led the national side in 1899.

Switch to rugby league[edit]

Following the disbandment of club rugby union in Brisbane towards the end of the First World War, Past Grammars, along with Christian Brothers and University, joined the Rugby Football League in 1920 [2]

From Past Grammars RLFC to Norths[edit]

Past Grammars, also known as Grammar Norths, won their first premiership in 1927, before becoming Northern Districts, and later Northern Suburbs, following the introduction of District Football by the Brisbane Rugby League in 1933.

Post-war[edit]

The Bob Bax-coached Northern Suburbs RLFC became the first club in BRL history to win three consecutive first grade premierships when they defeated Fortitude Valley 29-5 in the 1961 grand final in front of a record club crowd of 19,824 at Lang Park.[3]

Norths' Queensland representative player Nick Geiger was selected as the Australia national team's hooker in the final of the 1977 Rugby League World Cup tournament.

1990s[edit]

In the 1990s, along with many other Queensland clubs, Norths suffered heavily financially. Eventually it came to the stage that in 1998 they became a feeder club with National Rugby League newcomers, the Melbourne Storm, which attracted much needed finance, as well as some quality players, as well as securing the Devils' future. Also in 1998, the club won its first First Grade premiership since 1980,[4] beating Wests in the Grand Final.

2000s[edit]

In the 2006 NRL Grand Final Melbourne's 17 man team had 13 players who had played with Norths in past years, including Matt Geyer, who won a Premiership with the Devils in 1998[citation needed] and Melbourne in 1999. In the 2006 Tri-Nations series, 4 Norths players graduated to the Australian Kangaroos squad and 2 players, via Melbourne Storm, represented New Zealand Kiwis[citation needed].

2008[edit]

2008 marks 75 years since the Northern Suburbs Rugby League Club came into existence. In its semisesquicentennial year, new alliances have begun with the Brisbane Broncos and Aspley Devils. In the centenary year of Rugby League in Australia combined with the 75th Anniversary celebrations of the Norths Devils, the club expect another fantastic year of Rugby League in the Northern Suburbs of Brisbane.[who?]

Home grounds[edit]

For many years Norths played out of Oxenham Park in Nundah, but they moved to their current home ground, Albert Bishop Park, in 1969. Commonly referred to simply as 'Bishop Park', it borders the Schulz Canal in Nundah, and is named after club stalwart Albert Bishop, MBE. Norths has a licenced Leagues Club, Norths Leagues, at Bishop Park, as well as a second licensed Club at Anzac Avenue, Kallangur, further north of Brisbane.

Queensland Cup Results[edit]

Easts Tigers versus Norths Devils at Langlands Park, Brisbane Australia. May 4, 2014.
  • 1996 - 9th
  • 1997 - 7th
  • 1998 - Premiers
  • 1999 - Preliminary Finalists
  • 2000 - Preliminary Semi-Finalists
  • 2001 - Preliminary Semi-Finalists
  • 2002 - Preliminary Finalists
  • 2003 - 8th
  • 2004 - Semi-Finalists
  • 2005 - Semi-Finalists
  • 2006 - 7th
  • 2007 - 8th
  • 2008 - 11th (Last)
  • 2009 - Semi-Finalists
  • 2010 - Runners-Up
  • 2011 - 10th

Greatest Team[edit]

On August 16, 2008 in the year of the Centenary of Rugby League, Norths Devils announced their greatest team ever. The team is made up of players in their entire 75 year tenure.[5]

  1. Harry Bates
  2. Fonda Metassa
  3. Jack Reardon
  4. Henry Hegarty
  5. Joe Kilroy
  6. Bill Pearson
  7. Jack Stapleton
  8. Vic Rudd
  9. Cameron Smith
  10. Lloyd Weier
  11. Trevor Gillmeister
  12. Mark Graham
  13. Edward "Babe" Collins

Reserves:

  1. Mark Murray
  2. Greg Inglis
  3. Greg Conescu
  4. Ian Massie

Coach:

  1. Bob Bax

Manager:

  1. Albert Bishop

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brief History of GPS
  2. ^ Howell, Max and Reet. The Greatest Game Under The Sun: The History of Rugby League in Queensland (p47)
  3. ^ Higgison, Mike. "Fantastic Footy Flashback: 1961". qrl.com.au. Queensland Rugby League. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Queensland Rugby League
  5. ^ Pramberg, Bernie (2008-08-17). "Cameron Smith and Greg Inglis in Norths Devis 'greatest' team". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 

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