Canberra Rugby League

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This page is for the premierships and governing body of rugby league in the Canberra Region.
For information about the National Rugby League (NRL) side, see Canberra Raiders.
Canberra Region
Rugby League
Canberra Rugby League logo.jpg
Sport Rugby league
Formerly known as ACTRL (1982-1997)
Instituted 1982
Formed from Group 8 (1932-1981) and ACTDRL/Group 19 (1946-1981)
Inaugural season 1982
Replaced by x
Number of teams 9
Country  Australia
Premiers West Belconnen Warriors (2016)
Website Official website

The Canberra Region Rugby League competition is more commonly known as the Canberra Raiders Cup, covering the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding New South Wales towns Queanbeyan, Goulburn and Yass. The competition is run under the auspices of the Country Rugby League and players are eligible for selection in the Canberra Division of the CRL Tier 1 Divisional Championships. The Canberra district competition has an under 18's, reserve and first grade competitions.


Rugby League in the Canberra District stems back to the late 1910s. Various Cups were held over the following decades, but the first round robin tournament in the area was competed in 1928 under the Federal Capital Territory and District Rugby League banner. The Group 8 Premiership began in 1932. The Australian Capital Territory and District Rugby League (ACTDRL) ran a second division in support of Group 8. By 1974, the CRL officially recognised this competition distinct from Group 8 and gave them a number, Group 19.[1][2]

In 1980, Group 19 changed their name back to ACTRL and Group 8 to Canberra District Rugby League (CDRL) in 1981. With the inclusion of the Canberra Raiders in the NSWRL premiership in 1982, the control of senior rugby league in the area reverted to ACTRL, who now ran 3 competitions. The premier division played for the Molonglo Shield and the second divisions (North and South) played for the Canberra Cup.[1][2]

As of 1998, the first grade teams compete for the Canberra Raiders Cup, with minor premiers being awarded the Molonglo Shield.[1][2]

The 2013 Canberra Raiders Cup Premiers are the Queanbeyan Kangaroos.


Team Home Ground Colours
Goulburn Workers Bulldogs Workers Arena Parramatta colours.svg
Gungahlin Bulls Gungahlin Enclosed Oval Western Reds colours.svg
Belconnen United Scholars Northbourne Oval Cronulla colours.svg
Queanbeyan Blues Seiffert Oval Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png
Queanbeyan Kangaroos Freebody Oval Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Tuggeranong Bushrangers Greenway Enclosed Oval South Queensland colours.svg
West Belconnen Warriors West Belconnen Leagues Club Norths Devils colours.svg
Woden Rams Phillip District Ovals Parramatta colours.svg
Yass Magpies Walker Park Western Suburbs colours.svg

First Grade Premiers[edit]

Molonglo Shield[edit]

Season Grand Final Information Minor Premiers
Premiers Score Runners-Up
1982 Goulburn Workers 14-5 Goulburn United
1983 Queanbeyan Kangaroos 16-10 Queanbeyan United
1984 Goulburn Workers 10-8 Queanbeyan Kangaroos
1985 Queanbeyan Kangaroos 11-0 West Belconnen Warriors
1986 West Belconnen 17-0 Woden Valley Rams
1987 Queanbeyan United 6-4 Queanbeyan Kangaroos
1988 Woden Valley Rams 23-18 West Belconnen Warriors
1989 West Belconnen Warriors 26-4 Woden Valley Rams
1990 West Belconnen Warriors 21-13 Woden Valley Rams
1991 West Belconnen Warriors 14-4 Woden Valley Rams
1992 Queanbeyan United 9-6 West Belconnen Warriors
1993 West Belconnen Warriors 30-20 Queanbeyan United+
1994 Queanbeyan United 17-16 West Belconnen Warriors
1995 West Belconnen Warriors 26-14 Queanbeyan Kangaroos
1996 Woden Valley Rams 14-10 West Belconnen Warriors
1997 West Belconnen Warriors 26-8 Goulburn

Canberra Raiders Cup[edit]

Season Grand Final Information Minor Premiers
Premiers Score Runners-Up
1998 West Belconnen Warriors 44-14 Queanbeyan United
1999 Gungahlin Bulls 42-28 Queanbeyan United
2000 Queanbeyan United 44-12 Gungahlin Bulls
2001 Gungahlin Bulls 18-14 Queanbeyan United
2002 Queanbeyan United 34-20 West Belconnen Warriors
2003 Queanbeyan United 30-28 West Belconnen Warriors
2004 West Belconnen Warriors 38-10 Queanbeyan United
2005 Queanbeyan United 38-34 West Belconnen Warriors
2006 Yass United 44-18 Queanbeyan United
2007 West Belconnen Warriors 24-10 Tuggeranong Bushrangers
2008 Queanbeyan Blues 46-18 Gungahlin Bulls
2009 Goulburn Workers Bulldogs 29-24 West Belconnen Warriors
2010 Queanbeyan Kangaroos 41-16 Belconnen United Scholars
2011 Queanbeyan Kangaroos 20-16 Queanbeyan Blues
2012 Belconnen United Scholars 38-26 Queanbeyan Kangaroos
2013 Queanbeyan Kangaroos 21-20 (aet) Queanbeyan Blues
2014 Queanbeyan Blues 24-20 (aet) Goulburn Workers Bulldogs
2015 Queanbeyan Blues 24-14 (aet) Goulburn Worker Bulldogs
2016 West Belconnen Warriors 22-20 Queanbeyan Kangaroos


  1. ^ a b c "A Brief History of Rugby League in the Canberra District". SportingPulse. 
  2. ^ a b c "History of Rugby League in the Canberra District". Canberra and District Rugby League Association Inc. 

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