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9 teams 1 trophy Queensland Premier Rugby Starts Now

9 teams 1 trophy Queensland Premier Rugby Starts Now

Rugby stalwarts all around Brisbane are limbering up, and Saturday afternoon becomes sacrosanct – it can only mean one thing, the return of Queensland Premier Rugby.

Queensland Premier Rugby launch

At the launch of the season this morning at Rugby House, Ballymore,  new playing strips were revealed and BLK was announced as the premiership sponsor.  This sponsorship should be a great step for premier rugby in Queensland, tying two levels together and allowing clubs to capitalise on scale for things like kits – no small thing with expenses for clubs increasing.

The Gold Coast club is now officially the Bond University club and it should be very interesting to see how their season pans out on the back of the increased focus and support from Bond into the Queensland Country NRC team and now Premier Rugby.

As a massive Prems fan and an advocate of the NRC, it is great to see so many players taking NRC experience back into clubland.  A rising tide should float the boat of both Premier Rugby and the Queensland NRC teams!  Nine clubs will go all in, all season, for the Hospital Cup – with 44 players having National Rugby Championship experience.

Scott Allen, premiership winning coach of University of Queensland has noticed a difference in the players coming back from NRC duty, saying that they had “stepped up, they were on another level and bringing another facet to the club”.

The first Queensland Premier Rugby round is on Saturday with the match of the round looking to be possibly Wests v Brothers because The Filth seem to bring out the best in opposition supporters. Sunnybank host Souths at home and is hosting an Old Boys day.

And for your viewing pleasure, the promo video. Warning: if you are a Sunnybank fan, it still hurts. I couldn’t actually eyeball it today!

 

  • nmpcart

    Reg, when was the 6 year NRC guarantee announced? Great news but I hadn’t heard anything about it so wonder how widely publicised it was. Same with Premier Rugby, I’m involved at a junior level with one of the Premier clubs via my kids playing and I referee their games and assist the coach so am reasonably engaged with the club but wasn’t aware until this article that Premier Rugby kicked off this weekend. These clubs really need to do better at promoting themselves to their supporters – the kids and I love going down to our club on a Saturday afternoon to sit so close to the sideline and watch, and now knowing some of the players from the NRC it will be even better.

  • Kate Elizabeth

    Interesting point – it is often tough for clubs to reach people who aren’t embedded with them, because they don’t have the resources. Most of the clubs have a good (if a little rough!) social presence that does highlight the season, matches, club events etc. Do you know if your club does much of this? Also recognising that not all people are connected to social and the evil Behemoth aka Facebook makes it difficult for people to see content without businesses paying to boost the post.

  • nmpcart

    Hi Kate, They use email a lot for announcements but not apparently for the Premier kick off, or at least not yet – maybe in the next couple of days. They do use Twitter etc, but I have to go to their website to see that so it’s not really achieving any push. I would have thought a simple email announcement to their database, encouraging all the families to come down and support the team (it is a fun family atmosphere) and get close to the action would have been easily achieved. Plenty of junior players don’t attend Super Rugby matches and don’t have Foxtel so getting them along to see the senior players in action would be good.

    Good article by the way, and hopefully we will see lots of Premier Rugby coverage on the site this season so I can keep abreast of how the various teams are going.

  • Kate Elizabeth

    Good points all of them – I work in marketing, so comms like this are core to the success of a club, and it comes as second nature to me (so I always have to hold my preachiness in check!), but you are right – an email database is one of the best tools you can have and use!

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