Canberra Rugby League
|Current season or competition::
|Formerly known as||ACTRL (1982-1997)|
Formed from Group 8 (1932-1981) and ACTDRL/Group 19 (1946-1981)
|Number of teams||9|
|Premiers||West Belconnen Warriors (2016)|
|Most titles||West Belconnen Warriors (11 titles)|
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.
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.
Current First Grade Clubs
|Belconnen United Sharks||O'Connor||1988, 2016-|
|Goulburn Workers Bulldogs||Workers Arena||1982-84, 2008-|
|Gungahlin Bulls||Gungahlin Enclosed Oval||1998-|
|Queanbeyan United Blues||Seiffert Oval||1982-|
|Queanbeyan Kangaroos||Freebody Oval||1982-|
|Tuggeranong Bushrangers||Greenway Enclosed Oval||2003-|
|West Belconnen Warriors||Raiders Belconnen||1974-77, 1982-|
|Woden Valley Rams||Phillip District Ovals||1982-|
|Yass Magpies||Walker Park||1981-85, 1988-89, 1992-94, 2001-07, 2009-12, 2017-|
Former First Grade Clubs
|Batemans Bay Tigers||1974-77|
|Belconnen United Panthers||1974-84, 1986-93|
|Crookwell Green Devils||1982-89, 1991-93|
|East Canberra United||1978-93|
|Goulburn Gladiators||1991-2005||Kenmore in 1995||Goulburn Stockmen|
|Goulburn United Roosters||1982-86|
|Lakes United Sharks||1974-79, 1983-84|
|North Canberra Bears||1974-77,|
|Queanbeyan RSL Diggers||1991-92|
|St Christophers Saints||1974-75||Tuggeranong United Buffaloes for 1980||Tuggeranong-South Woden|
|Tuggeranong United Buffaloes||1978-2003||St Christophers Saints for 1980. Valley Dragons, South Tuggeranong Knights in 2003.||Tuggeranong-South Woden, Tuggeranong Bushrangers|
|Valley Dragons||1994-98, 2002||Tuggeranong United Buffaloes, South Tuggeranong Knights in 2003.||Tuggeranong Bushrangers|
First Grade Premiers
Grand Final Appearances
- "A Brief History of Rugby League in the Canberra District". SportingPulse.
- "History of Rugby League in the Canberra District". Canberra and District Rugby League Association Inc.