Tasmanian Rugby League

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Tasmanian Rugby League
Tasmania rugby league logo.png
Responsibility Tasmania, Australia
Website Tasmanian Rugby League
Tasmania
As of 2 December 2009

The Tasmanian Rugby League is responsible for administering the game of rugby league in the Australian state of Tasmania. Tasmania is an Affiliated State of the overall Australian governing body the Australian Rugby League.

History[edit]

The Tasmanian Rugby League was founded at a meeting at Heathorn's Hotel, Hobart on 2 December 1953 and the first competition was held in 1954 with teams including Bellerive (Eastern suburbs), Taroona, Newtown and Canterbury. Players were initially recruited from Hobart Rugby Union teams and the first matches were played on 3 April 1954 at the South St Grounds, Bellerive. The first premiership was won by Taroona[1] [2] The first interstate match was played against Victoria on 12 June 1954 with Tasmania winning 18-8.[3]

By the mid 1990s the Tasmanian Rugby League was running a state-wide competition[4][unreliable source?] which included Six Hobart teams:

  • Glenorchy Stingrays
  • Panthers (possibly Sandy Bay Panthers)
  • Eastern Suburbs Eagles
  • Northern Suburbs Tigers (not connected to the current Hobart Tigers)
  • Hobart City Falcons
  • Derwent valley Sharks

and three regional teams:

  • Launceston Clippers ( the Australian Maritime College)
  • North-West Raiders (Based in Burnie)
  • Smithton

The Tasmanian Rugby League also ran a Northern Tasmanian vs Southern Tasmanian competition during this period. Ben Mckinnon from the Launceston Clippers is the only player to have won the statewide best + fairest on two occasions both in his debut season in 1995 and then again in 1997.

Due to dwindling player numbers the competition contracted to four Hobart teams during the early 2000s and midway through the 2003-04 season the senior amateur competition folded as a result of rising public liability insurance costs.

In late 2009 a new senior competition was established through the efforts of local 7HO FM Radio Personality Jason 'Wolfie' Wolfgram (President 09/10), and in conjunction with ARL Rugby League Development Officer, Graham McNaney. The decision to re-establish the competition followed a public forum at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart on Thursday 25 June 2009.

The revised summer competition initially included four teams:

  • Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers;
  • North Queensland colours.svg Northern Suburbs Cowboys (formally named Broncos)
  • Melbourne colours.svg Eastern Shore Thunder; and
  • South Sydney colours.svg Southern Rabbitohs

Gala Days and Under 17s junior exhibition matches have also been a feature of the revised competition. In February 2012 a National Rugby League trial match between Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm was held in Hobart.

The Launceston Warriors were admitted to the competition during the 2012-13 season. A North West Titans team is due to join the competition in 2013-2014 representing North West Tasmania "Titans fill statewide picture". The Mercury. .

For the 2013-2014 season, the competition consists of 5 teams:

  • Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers
  • New Zealand colours.svg Launceston Warriors
  • Gold Coast Titans colours.svg North West Coast Titans
  • Melbourne colours.svg South Hobart Storm (Formally Eastern Shore Thunder)
  • South Sydney colours.svg Southern Rabbitohs

2013-14 Season[edit]

2013-14 TRL season
Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers 10 6* 0 3 1 422 232 +190 14
2 Melbourne colours.svg South Hobart Storm 10 6 0 3 1 358 222 +136 14
3 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg North West Coast Titans 10 5* 0 4 1 240 306 -66 12
4 New Zealand colours.svg Launceston Warriors 10 2 0 7 1 182 378 -196 6
5 South Sydney colours.svg Southern Rabbitohs 3 0 0 2 1 30 94 -64 2

Note: * - Indicates that wins include forfieted matches

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue
Round One
Melbourne colours.svg South Hobart Storm 20 – 32 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg North West Coast Titans 2 November 2013, 2:30pm University
South Sydney colours.svg Southern Rabbitohs 30 – 54 Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers 2 November 2013, 4:30pm University
New Zealand colours.svg Launceston Warriors - Bye - -
Round Two
New Zealand colours.svg Launceston Warriors 28 – 18 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg North West Coast Titans 9 November 2013, 2:30pm Royal Park
Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers 62 – 18 Melbourne colours.svg South Hobart Storm 9 November 2013, 2:30pm University
South Sydney colours.svg Southern Rabbitohs - Bye - -
Round Three
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg North West Coast Titans 40 - 0 South Sydney colours.svg Southern Rabbitohs (Forfeited) 16 November 2013, 2:30pm Burnie
Melbourne colours.svg South Hobart Storm 58 – 4 New Zealand colours.svg Launceston Warriors 16 November 2013, 2:30pm University
Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers - Bye - -

Southern Rabbitohs folded from the league

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue
Round Four
Melbourne colours.svg South Hobart Storm 64 – 4 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg North West Coast Titans 23 November 2013, 2:30pm University
Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers 34 – 22 New Zealand colours.svg Launceston Warriors 23 November 2013, 4:30pm University
Round Five
New Zealand colours.svg Launceston Warriors 16 – 32 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg North West Coast Titans 30 November 2013, 2:30pm Royal Park
Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers 30 – 42 Melbourne colours.svg South Hobart Storm 30 November 2013, 2:30pm University
Round Six
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg North West Coast Titans 16 – 58 Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers 7 December 2013, 2:30pm Burnie
Melbourne colours.svg South Hobart Storm 44 – 22 New Zealand colours.svg Launceston Warriors 7 December 2013, 2:30pm University
Round Seven
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg North West Coast Titans 34 – 20 Melbourne colours.svg South Hobart Storm 14 December 2013, 2:30pm Burnie
Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers 40 - 0 New Zealand colours.svg Launceston Warriors (Forfeited) 14 December 2013, 2:30pm University
Round Eight
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg North West Coast Titans 52 – 22 New Zealand colours.svg Launceston Warriors 11 January 2014, 2:30pm Burnie
Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers 22 – 36 Melbourne colours.svg South Hobart Storm 11 January 2014, 2:30pm University
Round Nine
New Zealand colours.svg Launceston Warriors 12 – 56 Melbourne colours.svg South Hobart Storm 18 January 2014, 2:30pm Royal Park
Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers 78 – 12 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg North West Coast Titans 18 January 2014, 2:30pm University
Round Ten
New Zealand colours.svg Launceston Warriors 56 – 44 Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers 25 January 2014, 2:30pm Royal Park
Melbourne colours.svg South Hobart Storm Bye Gold Coast Titans colours.svg North West Coast Titans - -

2013-14 Finals Series[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue
QUALIFYING FINAL
Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers 46 – 44 Melbourne colours.svg South Hobart Storm 1 February 2014, 3:00pm University
ELIMINATION FINAL
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg North West Coast Titans 16 – 50 New Zealand colours.svg Launceston Warriors 1 February 2014, 2:30pm Devonport
PRELIMINARY FINAL
Melbourne colours.svg South Hobart Storm 54 – 6 New Zealand colours.svg Launceston Warriors 8 February 2014, 2:30pm University
GRAND FINAL
Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers 18 – 38 Melbourne colours.svg South Hobart Storm 15 February 2014, 2:30pm University

Premierships[edit]

Season Grand Final Minor Premiership
Premiers Score Runners-Up
2009 - 10 Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers 54-14 Melbourne colours.svg Eastern Shore Thunder Brisbane colours.svg Northern Suburbs Broncos
2010 - 11 Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers 42-24 South Sydney colours.svg Southern Rabbitohs Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers
2011 - 12 North Queensland colours.svg Northern Cowboys 36-20 South Sydney colours.svg Southern Rabbitohs Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers
2012 - 13 Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers 40-30 South Sydney colours.svg Southern Rabbitohs New Zealand colours.svg Launceston Warriors
2013 - 14 Melbourne colours.svg South Hobart Storm 38-18 Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers Wests Tigers colours.svg Hobart Tigers

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rugby League for State". Hobart Mercury. 27 November 1953. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Rugby League to Start Tomorrow". Hobart Mercury. 2 April 1954. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Tasmania's victory in Rugby League". Hobart Mercury. 14 June 1954. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  4. ^ [1]

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