Canberra Rugby League

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Canberra Region
Rugby League
Current season or competition::
[[2017]]
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
Number of teams 9
Country  Australia
Premiers Norths Devils colours.svg West Belconnen Warriors (2016)
Most titles Norths Devils colours.svg West Belconnen Warriors (11 titles)
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.

History[edit]

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]

Current First Grade Clubs[edit]

Team Home Ground Colours Seasons
Belconnen United Sharks O'Connor Cronulla colours.svg 1988, 2016-
Goulburn Workers Bulldogs Workers Arena Wolvescolours.svg 1982-84, 2008-
Gungahlin Bulls Gungahlin Enclosed Oval Western Reds colours.svg 1998-
Queanbeyan United Blues Seiffert Oval Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png 1982-
Queanbeyan Kangaroos Freebody Oval Northern Eagles colours.svg 1982-
Tuggeranong Bushrangers Greenway Enclosed Oval South Queensland colours.svg 2003-
West Belconnen Warriors Raiders Belconnen Norths Devils colours.svg 1974-77, 1982-
Woden Valley Rams Phillip District Ovals Parramatta colours.svg 1982-
Yass Magpies Walker Park Western Suburbs colours.svg 1981-85, 1988-89, 1992-94, 2001-07, 2009-12, 2017-

Former First Grade Clubs[edit]

Team Colours Seasons Merger Merged Into
Batemans Bay Tigers Wellington colours.svg 1974-77
Belconnen United Panthers Penrith colours.svg 1974-84, 1986-93
Canberra Gallopers Western Reds colours.svg 1978-81
Canberra Tigers Balmain colours.svg 1980-83
Cooma United Canadacolours.png 1997-00
Crookwell Green Devils Ireland colours.svg 1982-89, 1991-93
East Canberra United 1978-93
Ginninderra Bulls Western Reds colours.svg 1994-1998
Goulburn City 1987
Goulburn Gladiators 1991-2005 Kenmore in 1995 Goulburn Stockmen
Goulburn United Roosters 1982-86
Kambah 1976-77
Koorie United 1980
Lakes United Sharks Cronulla colours.svg 1974-79, 1983-84
North Canberra Bears North Sydney colours.svg 1974-77,
Queanbeyan RSL Diggers 1991-92
South Canberra 1974-76
St Christophers Saints 1974-75 Tuggeranong United Buffaloes for 1980 Tuggeranong-South Woden
Tuggeranong United Buffaloes City colours.svg 1978-2003 St Christophers Saints for 1980. Valley Dragons, South Tuggeranong Knights in 2003. Tuggeranong-South Woden, South Queensland colours.svg Tuggeranong Bushrangers
University Scholars 2006-15
Valley Dragons St. George colours.svg 1994-98, 2002 Tuggeranong United Buffaloes, South Tuggeranong Knights in 2003. South Queensland colours.svg Tuggeranong Bushrangers
West Canberra 1974
Weston Creek 1978-81

First Grade Premiers[edit]

Season Grand Final Information Minor Premiers Wooden Spoon
Premiers Score Runners-Up
1974 North Canberra North Sydney colours.svg 12 - 9 Wellington colours.svg Batemans Bay
1975 Belconnen United Panthers Penrith colours.svg 17 - 11 Parramatta colours.svg South Woden
1976 Belconnen United Panthers Penrith colours.svg 22 - 5 Norths Devils colours.svg West Belconnen
1977 Belconnen United Panthers Penrith colours.svg 24 - 14 Norths Devils colours.svg West Belconnen
1978 Belconnen United Panthers Penrith colours.svg 22 - 13 Cronulla colours.svg Lakes United
1979 Belconnen United Panthers Penrith colours.svg 20 - 18 Western Reds colours.svg Canberra Gallopers
1980 Canberra Gallopers Western Reds colours.svg 30 - 16 East Canberra
1981 Belconnen United Panthers Penrith colours.svg 13 - 2 Western Suburbs colours.svg Yass
1982 Goulburn Workers Wolvescolours.svg 14 - 5 Goulburn United
1983 Queanbeyan Kangaroos Northern Eagles colours.svg 16 - 10 Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png Queanbeyan United
1984 Goulburn Workers Wolvescolours.svg 10 - 8 Northern Eagles colours.svg Queanbeyan Kangaroos
1985 Queanbeyan Kangaroos Northern Eagles colours.svg 11 - 0 Norths Devils colours.svg West Belconnen
1986 West Belconnen Norths Devils colours.svg 17 - 0 Parramatta colours.svg Woden Norths Devils colours.svg West Belconnen
1987 Queanbeyan United Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png 6 - 4 Northern Eagles colours.svg Queanbeyan Kangaroos
1988 Woden Parramatta colours.svg 23 - 18 Norths Devils colours.svg West Belconnen
1989 West Belconnen Norths Devils colours.svg 26 - 4 Parramatta colours.svg Woden
1990 West Belconnen Norths Devils colours.svg 21 - 13 Parramatta colours.svg Woden
1991 West Belconnen Norths Devils colours.svg 14 - 4 Parramatta colours.svg Woden
1992 Queanbeyan United Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png 9 - 6 Norths Devils colours.svg West Belconnen
1993 West Belconnen Norths Devils colours.svg 30 - 20 Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png Queanbeyan United
1994 Queanbeyan United Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png 17 - 16 Norths Devils colours.svg West Belconnen
1995 West Belconnen Norths Devils colours.svg 26 - 14 Northern Eagles colours.svg Queanbeyan Kangaroos
1996 Woden Parramatta colours.svg 14 - 10 Norths Devils colours.svg West Belconnen
1997 West Belconnen Norths Devils colours.svg 26 - 8 Goulburn Stockmen
1998 West Belconnen Norths Devils colours.svg 44 - 14 Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png Queanbeyan United
1999 Gungahlin Western Reds colours.svg 42 - 28 Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png Queanbeyan United
2000 Queanbeyan United Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png 44 - 12 Western Reds colours.svg Gungahlin
2001 Gungahlin Western Reds colours.svg 18 - 14 Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png Queanbeyan United
2002 Queanbeyan United Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png 34 - 20 Norths Devils colours.svg West Belconnen
2003 Queanbeyan United Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png 30 - 28 Norths Devils colours.svg West Belconnen
2004 West Belconnen Norths Devils colours.svg 38 - 10 Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png Queanbeyan United
2005 Queanbeyan United Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png 38 - 34 Norths Devils colours.svg West Belconnen
2006 Yass Western Suburbs colours.svg 44 - 18 Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png Queanbeyan United
2007 West Belconnen Norths Devils colours.svg 24 - 10 South Queensland colours.svg Tuggeranong
2008 Queanbeyan United Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png 46 - 18 Western Reds colours.svg Gungahlin
2009 Goulburn Workers Wolvescolours.svg 29 - 24 Norths Devils colours.svg West Belconnen
2010 Queanbeyan Kangaroos Northern Eagles colours.svg 41 - 16 Cronulla colours.svg Belconnen United Scholars
2011 Queanbeyan Kangaroos Northern Eagles colours.svg 20 - 16 Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png Queanbeyan United
2012 Belconnen United Scholars Cronulla colours.svg 38 - 26 Northern Eagles colours.svg Queanbeyan Kangaroos
2013 Queanbeyan Kangaroos Northern Eagles colours.svg 21 - 20 Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png Queanbeyan United Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png Queanbeyan United Norths Devils colours.svg West Belconnen
2014 Queanbeyan United Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png 24 - 20 Wolvescolours.svg Goulburn Workers Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png Queanbeyan United Cronulla colours.svg Belconnen United Scholars
2015 Queanbeyan United Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png 24 - 14 Wolvescolours.svg Goulburn Workers Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png Queanbeyan United Cronulla colours.svg Belconnen United Scholars
2016 West Belconnen Norths Devils colours.svg 26 - 24 Northern Eagles colours.svg Queanbeyan Kangaroos Northern Eagles colours.svg Queanbeyan Kangaroos Cronulla colours.svg Belconnen United Sharks
2017 Cronulla colours.svg Belconnen United Sharks

Team Records[edit]

Premierships[edit]

Titles Club Seasons
11 Norths Devils colours.svg West Belconnen Warriors 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2007, 2016
10 Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png Queanbeyan United Blues 1987, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2014, 2015
6 Penrith colours.svg Belconnen United Panthers 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981
5 Northern Eagles colours.svg Queanbeyan Kangaroos 1983, 1985, 2010, 2011, 2013
3 Wolvescolours.svg Goulburn Workers Bulldogs 1982, 1984, 2009
2 Parramatta colours.svg Woden Valley Rams 1988, 1996
2 Western Reds colours.svg Gungahlin Bulls 1999, 2001
1 North Sydney colours.svg North Canberra Bears 1974
1 Western Reds colours.svg Canberra Gallopers 1980
1 Western Suburbs colours.svg Yass Magpies 2006
1 Cronulla colours.svg Belconnen United Scholars 2012

Most Consecutive[edit]

  • 5 - Penrith colours.svg Belconnen United (1975 to 1979)

Runners-Up[edit]

Tally Club Seasons
11 Norths Devils colours.svg West Belconnen Warriors 1976, 1977, 1985, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009
9 Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png Queanbeyan United Blues 1983, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2011, 2013
5 Northern Eagles colours.svg Queanbeyan Kangaroos 1984, 1987, 1995, 2012, 2016
4 Parramatta colours.svg Woden Valley Rams 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991
2 Western Reds colours.svg Gungahlin Bulls 2000, 2008
2 Wolvescolours.svg Goulburn Workers Bulldogs 2014, 2015
1 Wellington colours.svg Batemans Bay Tigers 1974
1 Parramatta colours.svg South Woden 1975
1 Cronulla colours.svg Lakes United Sharks 1978
1 Western Reds colours.svg Canberra Gallopers 1979
1 East Canberra 1980
1 Western Suburbs colours.svg Yass Magpies 1981
1 Goulburn United Roosters 1982
1 Goulburn Stockmen 1997
1 South Queensland colours.svg Tuggeranong Bushrangers 2007
1 Cronulla colours.svg Belconnen United Scholars 2010

Most Consecutive[edit]

  • 3 - Parramatta colours.svg Woden (1989 to 1991)

Grand Final Appearances[edit]

Tally Club Seasons
22 Norths Devils colours.svg West Belconnen Warriors 1976, 1977, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2016
19 Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png Queanbeyan United Blues 1983, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
10 Northern Eagles colours.svg Queanbeyan Kangaroos 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1995, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016
6 Penrith colours.svg Belconnen United Panthers 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981
6 Parramatta colours.svg Woden Valley Rams 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1996
5 Wolvescolours.svg Goulburn Workers Bulldogs 1982, 1984, 2009, 2014, 2015
4 Western Reds colours.svg Gungahlin Bulls 1999, 2000, 2001, 2008
2 Western Reds colours.svg Canberra Gallopers 1979, 1980
2 Western Suburbs colours.svg Yass Magpies 1981, 2006
2 Cronulla colours.svg Belconnen United Scholars 2010, 2012
1 Wellington colours.svg Batemans Bay Tigers 1974
1 Parramatta colours.svg South Woden 1975
1 Cronulla colours.svg Lakes United Sharks 1978
1 East Canberra 1980
1 Goulburn United Roosters 1982
1 Goulburn Stockmen 1997
1 South Queensland colours.svg Tuggeranong Bushrangers 2007

Most Consecutive[edit]

  • 11 - Norths Devils colours.svg West Belconnen (1988 to 1998)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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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