Northern Territory Rugby League

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Northern Territory Rugby League
Northern Territory Rugby League logo
Founded 1950
Formerly named Northern Territory Rugby Football League Association
Responsibility Northern Territory, Australia
Headquarters Ludmilla, Northern Territory
Website NTRL on
Northern Territory
As of 2 December 2009

The Northern Territory Rugby League (or the NTRL) is responsible for administering the game of rugby league in the Northern Territory. It controls the Darwin Rugby League, Darwin Junior Rugby League and the Central Australian Rugby Football League.

Northern Territory is an affiliated state of the overall Australian governing body the Australian Rugby League.


The first Rugby League competition in Darwin took place in 1941. This competition was among servicemen stationed in Darwin during World War 2. The competition was suspended following the Japanese air raids on 19 February 1942 and did not recommence until 1943.

The game was not played on an organised basis after servicemen left the city at the end of the war until the formation of the Northern Territory Rugby Football League Association in 1950. The newly formed association's first game was held on 14 January 1951. Rugby League in the Northern Territory is being played at Richardson Park.



Central Australian Rugby Football League (CARFL)[edit]

The Central Australian Rugby Football League is a rugby league football competition located in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.[1] It has been in existence since 1963. It is a not-for profit organisation tasked with governing the growth of rugby league football around Alice Springs.[2] It consists of four clubs competing in multiple age groups and all games are played at Anzac Oval, Alice Springs.[3]

The four clubs are:

Both United Magpies and Wests Dragons have been members of the CARFL since its foundation in 1963.[4]

Katherine Rugby League[edit]

The Katherine Junior Rugby League is an rugby league junior competition based in the town of Katherine, Northern Territory. It is a three club competition with age groups running from under 5's to under 15's.[5] Under 17's and A-Grade aged players take part in the NTRL and travel to Darwin, NT to compete.[6]

The three clubs are:

All games are played at the Katherine Sport & Recreation Club Oval.[7]


The Gove Rugby League is a competition located in Gove, Northern Territory.


Darwin Rugby League[edit]

Main article: Darwin Rugby League

The Darwin Rugby League is a former rugby league competition based in Darwin, Northern Territory. The competition is administered by the Northern Territory Rugby League which is the body that takes care of the League's Affairs. It administered the competition, officially, since 1950 in Darwin until 2010.[8][9]

On 6 May 2010, the Australian Rugby League disbanded the Darwin Rugby League due to ongoing issues, including the scheduling of matches and the playing clubs arguing these changes.[citation needed] The competition in Darwin is now controlled by the NTRL.

Darwin Rugby League Champions[edit]

This is a list of the Northern Territory Rugby League 1st Grade competition champions and the runners-up for each seasons the competition existed.

Season Premiers Score Runners-Up
1994 Litchfield Bears Nightcliff Dragons
1995 Litchfield Bears Nightcliff Dragons
1996 Litchfield Bears South Darwin Rabbitohs
1997 Litchfield Bears University Sharks
1998 Litchfield Bears Nightcliff Dragons
2001[10] Nightcliff Dragons 38-10 Northern Territory Institute of Sport
2005[13] Nightcliff Dragons 13-12 Darwin Brothers
2006[14] Nightcliff Dragons 34-24 Darwin Brothers
2007[15] University Sharks 22-16 Litchfield Bears
2008[16] Litchfield Bears South Darwin Rabbitohs
2009[17] Darwin Brothers 44-10 University Sharks
2010 Darwin Brothers Nightcliff Dragons
2012 Darwin Brothers 44-10 University Sharks
2013 Palmerston Raiders 32-22 Darwin Brothers
2014[18] South Darwin Rabbitohs 30-20 Palmerston Raiders
2015 Nightcliff Dragons 30-22 Palmerston Raiders

Notable NTRL juniors competed in the NRL[edit]

Alice Springs

Darwin Brothers


Nightcliff Dragons


Katherine Bushrangers

Palmerston Raiders

See also[edit]


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  19. ^ Booth, Doug (15 May 2014). "Territorian Joel Romelo to play first match of NRL season". NT News. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  20. ^ "local Hero gives back to Darwin". Gold Coast Titans. 2 July 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  21. ^ Wake, Rebekka (3 September 2015). "Nightcliff Dragon to make debut with Penrith Panthers". NT News. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  22. ^ Booth, Doug (24 March 2015). "top ender Chambers eyes maroons berth in origin". NT News. 
  23. ^ Kossatch, Nick (14 February). "Katherine product shows class in red centre". NT News. Retrieved 15 April 2015.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  24. ^ MacTaggart, Gregor (27 September 2013). "James McManus shattered to miss big charge". NT. News. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 

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