Outback Rugby League
|Outback Rugby League|
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|Website||Outback RL Homepage|
The Outback Rugby League Cup is a New South Wales Country Rugby League (NSWCRL) Group Competition which is based in Broken Hill in the far west of New South Wales and surrounding districts such as Wilcannia and Menindee.
The competition folded in 1998 but was revived in 2007.
The founding clubs of the competition are:
- Broken Hill Cowboys
- Wilcannia Boomerangs
- Wilcannia Tigers
- Menindee Yabbies
The Outback Rugby League was formed in 2007 after a long absence of regular A-Grade rugby league from Broken Hill. The last regular rugby league competition in the area was in 1997 as the Group 12 competition which also included clubs from Broken Hill, Menindee & Wilcannia.
The new competition features clubs from the same areas. A new club was formed before the opening season, the Wilcannia Tigers. The inaugural competition saw a total of 266 registered players across all grades, from under-sixes up. Broken Hill is traditionally dominated by Australian Rules Football.
The 2007 Grand final was a close game between Wilcannia Tigers and Menindee Yabbies. The Yabbies eventually won by one point, 36–35, at Lamb Park in Broken Hill in front of 1,000 spectators. Recently, for the 2008 Outback Rugby League Season, CFMEU (the major sponsor of such teams as the Canberra Raiders) has signed on to become the competition's major sponsor from 2008 and beyond. This will be a massive boost for the competition, financially speaking.
First grade premiership
The premiers of the group competition since 1980:
|Season||Grand Final Information||Minor Premiers|
|1980||Broken Hill Saints|
|1981||Broken Hill Saints|
|1982||Broken Hill Saints||Menindee|
|1983||Broken Hill Saints||22-12||Menindee|
|1984||Broken Hill United||19-0||Broken Hill Saints|
|1985||Broken Hill United||21-20||Wilcannia Tigers|
|1986||Wilcannia Boomerangs||Broken Hill United|
|1987||Broken Hill United||15-12||Wilcannia Boomerangs|
|1988||Broken Hill United||31-20||Wilcannia Boomerangs|
|1989||Broken Hill Saints||Broken Hill United|
|1990||Broken Hill Saints||18-0||Broken Hill United|
|1994||Broken Hill United||46-18||Wilcannia Boomerangs|
|1995||Broken Hill United||28-20||Wilcannia Boomerangs|
|1996||Wilcannia Boomerangs||38-34||Broken Hill Geebungs|
|1998–2006 - No competition|
|2007||Menindee Yabbies||36-35||Wilcannia Tigers|
|2008||Broken Hill Saints||Wilcannia Boomerangs|
|2009||Wilcannia Boomerangs||Broken Hill Geebungs|
|2010||Wilcannia Boomerangs||Broken Hill Geebungs|
|2011||Menindee Yabbies||Broken Hill Geebungs|
|2012||Menindee Yabbies||36-32 OT||Wilcannia Boomerangs|
- "History of Outback Rugby League". Sporting Pulse. 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-12-15.
- "League season wrapped up". The Barrier Miner. 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-12-15.[dead link]
- The Outback Rugby League sponsorship Coup
- "New South Wales competitions". The Vault. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-12-15.
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