Brisbane Rugby League premiership

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Brisbane Rugby League
SportRugby league
Inaugural season1922
Country Australia
Last premiersWynnum Manly Seagulls (2018)
Most titlesFortitude Valley Diehards (16 titles)
Related competitionQueensland Cup

The Brisbane Rugby League Premiership is a rugby league football competition in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was first held in 1922 and for every year until 1997. The competition was reinstated in 2016, replacing the FOGS competition under the Queensland cup. The competition consists of Brisbane’s top six rugby league clubs. Each participating team is a feeder club for the Queensland Cup.

Prior to 1922, the competition was conducted under the auspices of the Queensland Rugby League. Until the 1980s it was the premier sporting competition in Brisbane, attracting large crowds and broad media coverage. The Brisbane Rugby League however, had been in slow decline for some 15 years as large numbers of its players left to compete in the more lucrative Sydney Rugby League premiership, and began to lose popular interest with the creation of the Brisbane Broncos in 1988. The Brisbane Rugby League premiership was replaced by the Queensland Cup before the 1998 season. In 2016 the competition was reinstated as a third-tier competition under the NRL and Queensland Cup.

History[edit]

Establishment of the Queensland Rugby League[edit]

The Queensland Rugby Football League (QRFL) was formed in 1908 by seven former rugby union players who were dissatisfied with the administration of the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU). The new organisation was attacked by both the local press and the QRU for introducing professionalism, which they claimed would destroy the sport. The "founding fathers" of the QARFL included John Fihelly, an Australian Labor Party Member of Parliament who became Minister for Railways and Deputy Premier.

The first official club competition kicked off in Brisbane on 8 May 1909. Norths played against Souths before a handful of spectators at Brisbane Cricket Ground.[1] Matches were played under the auspices of the Queensland Amateur Rugby Football League (later renamed Queensland Rugby League). The foundation clubs were:

Schism: establishment of the Brisbane Rugby League[edit]

In 1922 the Brisbane Rugby Football League (Brisbane Rugby Football League, later Brisbane Rugby League) was formed out of dissatisfaction with the way the Queensland Rugby League ran the game. Those involved took particular exception to the salary being earned by Harry Sunderland as secretary of the Queensland Rugby League. The Brisbane Rugby League took control of the local competition. Competing in the Brisbane Rugby League competition that year were Brothers, Carltons, Coorparoo, University, Valley and Past Grammars. Although the Queensland Rugby League attempted to regain control of the Brisbane Rugby League competition in 1923 and 1924, the Brisbane Rugby League remained steadfast and the dispute simmered into the next decade. so dire did the situation become, that by the late 1920s, the Queensland Rugby League commenced its own competition involving Ipswich clubs and two supporting Brisbane clubs.

Until 1932 Brisbane Exhibition Ground was the home of rugby league in the city. The complicated arrangement between the Brisbane Rugby League, Queensland Rugby League and Royal National Association (who administered the Exhibition Ground) led to Brisbane Cricket Ground being used for rugby league matches.

In 1933 district football was introduced to provide community support and player equalisation. This meant that players had to live within a certain distance of their club. Accordingly, Brisbane was divided into Eastern Suburbs (incorporating Coorparoo and Wynnum), Southern Suburbs (incorporating Carltons), Western Suburbs, Northern Suburbs (incorporating Past Grammars), Fortitude Valley and Past Brothers (whose players had to prove that they had attended a Christian Brothers school). In 1934, the University Amateur Rugby League Club folded and disappeared from the competition.

In 1953 the friction between the Queensland Rugby League and Brisbane Rugby League ended, with the Brisbane Rugby League being replaced by the Brisbane division of the Queensland Rugby League.[2] Former Brisbane Rugby League chairman and Queensland Rugby League secretary Ron McAullife eventually secured the use of Lang Park as a permanent home for rugby league in Queensland. Teams that joined the Brisbane Rugby League competition around this time were South Coast (1952–1953), Wynnum-Manly (1951) and Redcliffe (1960).

A record crowd at Lang Park of 19,824 saw Northern Suburbs defeat Fortitude Valley in the Brisbane Rugby League grand final in September 1961.[3]

Decline[edit]

In 1967 the Queensland Rugby League removed the residential qualifications for players in Brisbane Rugby League clubs, meaning that players did not have to reside in their certain suburbs to play for their teams. This reduced community support for teams, and club decisions began to be made on a more commercial basis.

This coincided with the commencement of television broadcasts of Brisbane Rugby League games in the same year. The money made from jersey sponsorships and advertising hoardings at grounds was not able to compete with poker machine money available to Sydney Rugby League clubs in the Sydney Rugby League, and an increasing number of players left the Brisbane Rugby League. This also affected the popularity of the Bulimba Cup which had been held between the cities of Brisbane, Ipswich and Toowoomba since the 1930s.

The effect of television coverage on attendances became pronounced by the mid-1970s and crowds began to desert the Brisbane Rugby League competition. Clubs found themselves in financial hardship, and the public began to support the Sydney Rugby League which by then was being broadcast in Queensland. In 1978 the premiership trophy, the Kirks Cup was replaced by the Winfield Cup.

The Queensland Rugby League commissioned Eric White Associates to investigate the administrative structure of the game in Queensland in 1977. One of the recommendations was the creation of a statewide competition. The Winfield State League was created in 1982. The State League competition ran in parallel to the Brisbane Rugby League competition from 1982 to 1995. Also, like with Sydney's competition, Brisbane's competition was also called the Winfield Cup during the 1980s, due to sponsorship from Winfield cigarettes. The Queensland Cup would eventually replace both the State league and the Brisbane Rugby League premiership in 1998.

In the 1980s, two further teams were added to the Brisbane Rugby League competition: Ipswich (1986) and Logan (1987).

In 1986 the New South Wales Rugby League decided to allow a team from Brisbane to enter the Sydney Rugby League premiership. The Brisbane Broncos debuted in the Sydney Rugby League premiership in 1988. As the Broncos began to represent Brisbane at rugby league in the public eye the Brisbane Rugby League competition entered the terminal phase of its decline. Indeed, 1987, the year before the Broncos commenced playing, was the last year that a Brisbane Rugby League player would be selected to play for Queensland in the State of Origin series.

The Brisbane Rugby League premiership was fully superseded by the Queensland Cup competition in 1998. Redcliffe won the last Brisbane Rugby League Grand Final in 1997 defeating Easts 35–6.

Rebirth[edit]

On September 26, 2014, the South East Queensland Division announced that they will be scrapping the existing FOGS Cup structure and reforming the Brisbane Rugby League as the state's secondary competition.[4]

Teams[edit]

Club First Year Last Year Seasons
Premiers Runners-Up Minor Premiers
Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 1917 1997 8 16
Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 1909 1995 17 14
Ipswich Colours.svg Ipswich Jets 1986 1997 0 2
Hunter colours.svg Logan 1987 1997 0 0
Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs 1920 1997 13 9
Brothers Colours.svg Brisbane Brothers 1917, 1920 1918, 1929 1 4
Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers 1930 1997 9 10
Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe 1947 1997 4 6
Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs 1919 1997 8 8
Queensland Uni Colours.svg University of Queensland 1920 1929 2 0
Mackay Cutters colours.svg University Amateur RLFC 1930 1934 0 0
Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs 1915 1997 10 8
Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly 1951 1997 4 1

The Brisbane Rugby League was also represented by a representative side whose players were selected from Brisbane Rugby League clubs' first grade teams.

Grand Final results[edit]

Queensland Rugby League premiership (1909–1921)[edit]

Season Grand Finals
Premiers Score Runners-Up
1909 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 22–4 Southern Suburbs
1910 Ipswich 17–2 Toombul
1911 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley-Toombul 13–2 Ipswich B
1912 Brisbane Natives 10–0 Southern Suburbs
1913 Western Suburbs colours.svg West End 5–3 Brisbane Natives
1914 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 18–8 Western Suburbs colours.svg West End
1915 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 10–9 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1916 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs 4–2 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1917 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 13–5 Brothers Colours.svg Brisbane Merthyrs
1918 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 16–12 Brothers Colours.svg Brisbane Merthyrs
1919 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 28–2 Balmain colours.svg Cooparoo
1920 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs 16–8 Brothers Colours.svg Christian Brothers
1921 Western Suburbs colours.svg Carltons 12–10 Balmain colours.svg Cooparoo

Brisbane Rugby League premiership (1922–1997)[edit]

Season Grand Final Information Reserve Grade Colts Grade
Premiers Score Runners-Up
1922 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs* 20–9 Balmain colours.svg Coorparoo Balmain colours.svg Coorparoo Western Suburbs colours.svg Carltons
1923 Balmain colours.svg Coorparoo 13–2 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Norths Devils colours.svg Past Grammars Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1924 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 11–8 Brothers Colours.svg Christian Brothers Western Suburbs colours.svg Carltons* Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1925 Western Suburbs colours.svg Carltons 24–5 Balmain colours.svg Cooparoo Balmain colours.svg Coorparoo Norths Devils colours.svg Past Grammars
1926 Brothers Colours.svg Christian Brothers 6–5 Balmain colours.svg Cooparoo Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs* Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley*
1927 Norths Devils colours.svg Past Grammars 13–11 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Past Grammars Balmain colours.svg Coorparoo
1928 City colours.svg University 10–7 Western Suburbs colours.svg Carltons Brothers Colours.svg Christian Brothers Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1929 City colours.svg University 12–11 Balmain colours.svg Coorparoo Western Suburbs colours.svg Carltons Balmain colours.svg Coorparoo*
1930 Western Suburbs colours.svg Carltons 19–8 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Balmain colours.svg Coorparoo Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs*
1931 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 27–9 Norths Devils colours.svg Past Grammars Western Suburbs colours.svg Carltons* Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs*
1932 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs 8–7 Norths Devils colours.svg Past Grammars Western Suburbs colours.svg Carltons Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1933 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 9–3 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs* Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1934 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs 7–4 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs* Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1935 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers 11–9 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers
1936 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs 13–12 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1937 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 9–7 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1938 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs 16–10 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1939 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers 11–9 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1940 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs 17–11 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1941 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 13–7 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1942 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers 20–11 Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Queensland colours.svg Brisbane Railway Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1943 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers 13–7 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1944 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 16–12 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1945 Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs 21–11 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1946 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 5–2 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1947 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 15–2 Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers
1948 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs 14–8 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1949 Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs 22–8 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1950 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 14–10 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1951 Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs 20–10 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1952 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs 15–14 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1953 Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs 21–4 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers
1954 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs 35–18 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1955 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley* 17–7 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1956 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers 17–10 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1957 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 18–17 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1958 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers 22–7 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1959 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs 24–18 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1960 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs 18–5 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1961 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs 29–5 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1962 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs 22–0 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1963 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs 18–8 Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1964 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs 13–4 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1965 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe 15–2 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1966 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs 9–6 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1967 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers 6–2 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1968 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers 21–4 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1969 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs 14–2 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1970 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 13–11 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1971 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 18–10 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs*
1972 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 16–15 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly
1973 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 15–7 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs*
1974 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 9–2 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1975 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs 26–24 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly
1976 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs 16–1 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly
1977 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 17–13 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1978 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 14–10 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1979 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 26–0 Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly
1980 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs 17–15 Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1981 Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs 13–9 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe
1982 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly 17–3 Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1983 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 14–6 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1984 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly 42–8 Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe
1985 Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs 10–8 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1986 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly 14–6 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers
1987 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers 26–8 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe
1988 Valleys colours.svg Fort. Valley-Tweed 17–14 Ipswich Colours.svg Ipswich
1989 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 28–4 Ipswich Colours.svg Ipswich
1990 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 17–16 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1991 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 25–10 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1992 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs 40–10 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1993 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs 18–12 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1994 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe 24–18 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe
1995 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly 32–24 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1996 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe 16–12 Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1997 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe 35–6 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe
  • * = undefeated
Not held between 1998 and 2015

Brisbane Rugby League premiership (2016–Present)[edit]

Season Grand Final Information Second Grade Third Grade
Premiers Score Runners-Up
2016 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe 31-30 Ipswich Colours.svg Ipswich
2017 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley 16-12 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe
2018 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly 28-20 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe
2019

Brisbane Rugby League premiers (All Grades) (1922–1997)[edit]

Season Senior Grade Reserve Grade Colts Grade
1922 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs* Balmain colours.svg Coorparoo Western Suburbs colours.svg Carltons
1923 Balmain colours.svg Coorparoo Norths Devils colours.svg Past Grammars Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1924 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Western Suburbs colours.svg Carltons* Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1925 Western Suburbs colours.svg Carltons Balmain colours.svg Coorparoo Norths Devils colours.svg Past Grammars
1926 Brothers Colours.svg Christian Brothers Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs* Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley*
1927 Norths Devils colours.svg Past Grammars Norths Devils colours.svg Past Grammars Balmain colours.svg Coorparoo
1928 City colours.svg University Brothers Colours.svg Christian Brothers Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1929 Western Suburbs colours.svg Carltons Balmain colours.svg Coorparoo*
1930 Western Suburbs colours.svg Carltons Balmain colours.svg Coorparoo Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs*
1931 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Western Suburbs colours.svg Carltons* Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs*
1932 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Western Suburbs colours.svg Carltons Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1933 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs* Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1934 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs* Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1935 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers
1936 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1937 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1938 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1939 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1940 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1941 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1942 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Queensland colours.svg Brisbane Railway Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1943 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1944 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1945 Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1946 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1947 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers
1948 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1949 Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1950 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1951 Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1952 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1953 Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers
1954 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1955 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley* Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1956 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1957 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1958 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1959 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1960 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1961 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1962 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1963 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1964 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1965 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1966 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1967 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1968 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1969 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1970 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1971 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs*
1972 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly
1973 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs*
1974 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1975 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly
1976 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly
1977 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1978 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1979 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly
1980 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1981 Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe
1982 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1983 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1984 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe
1985 Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1986 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly
1987 Brothers Colours.svg Past Brothers
1988 Valleys colours.svg Fort. Valley-Tweed
1989 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1990 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
1991 Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1992 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1993 Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1994 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe
1995 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly
1996 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe
1997 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe
  • * = undefeated

Brisbane Rugby League premiers (All Grades) (2016–Present)[edit]

Season Senior Grade Reserve Grade Colts Grade
2016 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe
2017 Valleys colours.svg Fortitude Valley
2018 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly
2019

Quotes[edit]

  • "Well that is a tragedy, to be honest with you. There's no club identity at all now. If you don't follow the Broncos well who do you follow? That means you've got to follow a New South Wales side. I think I'm sure that's what McAuliffe didn't want to happen. But when they brought in the Queensland side into the NSWRL that was the end of the Brisbane Rugby League, as far as that was concerned. It should never have happened because as it turned out, if we did lose players from Queensland to go to New South Wales we had the State of Origin. We've been winning the State of Origin, and you can imagine if we were keeping our players, the club competition would be just as good as what it was when I was playing. But that is a tragedy as far as I'm concerned is that the people miss that club identity." -Barry Muir, in 2001, on the decline of the Brisbane Rugby League and the rise of the Sydney Rugby League.
  • "Yeah well the crowd was great, they supported you wholeheartedly, they came along but it wasn't only down here on the football field it was on the streets up there. People would come up and talk to you, they'd stop you in the street and get your autograph and have a talk to you and wish you all the best and really support you in what you were doing and lifting the Club. There was four or five players here that were top-line footballers and we used to go up on the terrace and sell raffles in front of McCarthy's Jewellers store on the terrace and we'd do an hour there and then pop down to the Manly Hotel and do an hour there and then we'd pop down to Fishers (pub) and do an hour there. The players were prepared to do it because they were getting the support from this area and they would give it back on the playing field and however they could meet the people on the streets. I don't think anyone turned away from you, it was just one big happy family. We used to have like a barbecue after the game and there'd be 100 or 200 people that would turn up for the barbecue, we had it at various areas." -Lionel Morgan, in 2001, on the support of the Brisbane Rugby League in the Wynnum-Manly district.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pramberg, Bernie (2 May 2009). "Leo Donovan special guest at Brisbane Rugby League celebrations". The Courier-Mail. Australia: Queensland Newspapers. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  2. ^ Gallaway, Jack (2003). Origin: Rugby League's greatest contest 1980–2002. Australia: University of Queensland Press. pp. 3–4. ISBN 978-0-7022-3383-8.
  3. ^ "Norths thrash Valleys 29–5". The Sun-Herald. Australia. 24 September 1961. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  4. ^ "Brisbane Rugby League rebirth". Queensland Rugby League. Australia. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.

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