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Posted 26 October 2012 - 02:13 AM

CQ NRL bid joins forces with Capras in boost for league
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Posted Image CQ NRL Bid CEO Denis Keeffe. Contributed
THE CQ Capras and the CQ NRL Bid have joined together to form a powerful and progressive new rugby league entity.
Prominent businessman Geoff Murphy will chair the newly formed board and former Capras chairman Doug Webber will be deputy chairman.
Representatives from the CQ NRL Bid board and the current Capras board will make up the new CQ Capras board.
Denis Keeffe will assume the joint role of CEO of the CQ NRL Bid and CQ Capras, while CQ NRL Bid's business and community development manager Walson Carlos will serve as the CQ Capras operations manager.
Longstanding major sponsor, the Rockhampton Leagues Club, will continue its association with the new CQ Capras entity, providing vital financial support for Central Queensland's premier rugby league club.
The merger has been endorsed by the QRL, NRL and ARL commission and will be a massive boost for rugby league in Central Queensland.
Mr Murphy said it was a great day for rugby league in the region.
"I'm excited by the potential of this merger and I'd like to acknowledge the great work done by the former Capras board," Mr Murphy said.
Former Capras chairman Doug Webber, who will now fill the role of vice-chairman for the new Capras board, said he couldn't be happier with the partnership.
"It's great to have people of the calibre of Geoff Murphy and Denis Keeffe with the expertise and experience in rugby league and business, and I look forward to working closely with them to take the Capras to the next level," he said.
Mr Keeffe said it was time for Central Queenslanders to unite and get behind the exciting new entity.
"I feel sure the CQ Capras will be successful on and off the football field and will make the region very proud of our performances,
"I'd like to challenge any former players, officials, spectators, members, supporters and sponsors to contact the club about the wonderful opportunities that now exist."

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 02:19 AM

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 02:30 AM

"New joint CQ NRL Bid & CQ Capras chief executive Denis Keeffe (left), CQ NRL Bid and CQ Capras chairman Geoff Murphy, deputy chairman Doug Webber and Rockhampton Rugby League (RLC board member) chairman Mick Johns at today's exciting announcement for rugby league in this region."

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 02:41 AM

CQ NRL BID AND CAPRAS JOIN FORCES

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 10:56 AM

The recent announcement delaying any NRL expansion must seem like another huge hurdle put in your way.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 07:15 AM

The recent announcement delaying any NRL expansion must seem like another huge hurdle put in your way.

CQ has always been a darkhorse and can jump high ;)

But even if the ARLC delay expansion it will just mean the bid will be even stronger and the Capras will be hopefully a force within a few years. I would hwoever like to see the NRL utilise the massive CQ sponsorship/economy sooner rather than later.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 07:15 AM

CQ NRL merger endorsed by the game's major heavyweights
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RUGBY LEAGUE: The united entity, CQ Capras, has the support of heavyweights in the game.
The merger was endorsed by the NRL, Queensland Rugby League and the Australian Rugby League Commission, which all see it as a massive boost to rugby league in Central Queensland.
The CQ NRL Bid's Denis Keeffe and Geoff Murphy recently met in Brisbane with the various parties, including Brisbane Broncos chief executive Paul White.
"The Capras have been affiliated with the Broncos for the last few years and they want to be more active in promoting their brand here, and they are considering bringing a couple of Broncos games to Central Queensland," joint CQ NRL Bid and CQ Capras' CEO Denis Keeffe said.
However, nothing was set in concrete and he was not sure when the games would occur or how many, he said.
Keeffe said White was committed to the Broncos' association with the Capras going forward, and intended to get more involved with the CQ club and foster the link.
The CQ Capras also intended to ramp up the Capras' community involvement, and try to reinstate their home ground Browne Park to its glory days.
"We want the Capras to be something all of CQ is proud of," Keeffe said. "We want to get league to another level so people can see the real potential CQ has. "We want to get Browne Park back to how it was 10 years ago - packed houses for home games, there to see local players."

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:35 AM

'Have a crack, boys': Expansion delay opens door for AFL plunder

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The AFL is poised to make a move on rugby league heartland.

The AFL is poised to make a move on rugby league heartland.

The NRL's decision to take expansion off the table has given AFL the green light to swoop into potentially lucrative regions, according to the chief of the Central Queensland consortium.

Denis Keeffe says he understands the commercial rationale that has driven the Australian Rugby League Commission's move to delay adding new teams to the competition, with chairman John Grant saying there would be no discussion about expanding the league until the end of 2014.

That means any additional NRL teams wouldn't be up and running until 2017 at the earliest.

Keeffe said the news, which was part of the ARLC's five-year plan delivered in Sydney, came as little surprise as the bid was informed last week that the seven rival consortiums shouldn't be getting ready for a mad dash to the line.
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While Keeffe agreed there should be a focus on ensuring the longevity of the existing clubs, revealing the specifics of the game's non-expansion plans would be music to the ears of the AFL, which has been aggressively forging new ground in traditional league country.

"I knew that was coming, because we talked to the NRL as late as last week. And I do agree with the rationale. It is important that the existing clubs are strong and viable," Keeffe said.

"But I think there might be a twist or two. I understand they are talking about the commercial value but there is a really intrinsic strategic value to what we're trying to do here. We have a very aggressive AFL in our region and there is no national sporting team between the Sunshine Coast and Townsville.

"Even though the NRL, in their wisdom, have said this is our program and are informing us, they're also informing the enemy. You're telling the enemy that we aren't going to work much towards the strategic value in the heartland.”

Central Queensland doesn't sound like a natural lair for the AFL to expand, but the code is taking steps to win fans in a region still experiencing a massive financial bounce and population boost from mining and gas interests.

The Gold Coast Suns have zoned Mackay in their 'Talent Academy' zone, which stretches from Bundaberg to the tip of the state. Keeffe said while the CQ bid team had been active on the ground to sign members and enthuse juniors, they were getting serious competition from rival codes.

"I'm not saying that they (ARLC) rushed it but if you tell the enemy that we're not going to invest in here in a strategic sense for the next four or five years, I think you're saying the AFL can come in and be more aggressive. Because they're very aggressive here now," Keeffe said.

"I think someone's going to have a look at this and say hang on, the Suns have got a very big development program operating in Mackay. Will they grow that? I'm sure they will. This is a bit like saying 'have a crack, boys'.

"In the NRL's haste to actually paint the clear picture for rugby league people, they've also painted a clear picture for people with interests in our heartland.

“If I was sitting on the AFL fence now, I'd be thinking there is not going to be any NRL movement between Townsville and the Sunshine Coast. It's vacant land.

"When some of the second and third tier things relevant to the announcement become obvious, we're going to say – is this really want we want to achieve?"

Keeffe said the bid wouldn't be deterred by the lack of progression in the expansion process and the CQ team would continued to try and recruit members and enthuse juniors in what is already a diehard rugby league region.

But he reminded the game's powerbrokers not to take that passion for granted while AFL continues to knaw away at the foundations through programs like AusKick.

"With the mass migration into Central Queensland with all of the big mining projects – it's booming here – I'm looking at the risk. Don't just think rugby league is going to be here when you come back in five years time," Keeffe said.

"Things are dynamic in this part of the world. If we drop off now and put the cue in the rack and go home, it's like opening the doors and saying 'come in and do what you like'."

Still, Keeffe said the group was more determined than ever to win the right to start a team in Central Queensland and would remain active with the supporters and corporate partners.

"Some people might think we might drop off. I'm more enthused than ever. We're here for the long haul. As far as I'm concerned, it's going to happen," he said.

Brisbane Bombers bid chief Craig Davison said his franchise had a '100-year plan' to establish a second club in the Queensland capital and wasn't deterred by the time frame.

"There's now a direction there that at the end of 2014, they're going to investigate that proposal for expansion. It's a 100-year plus plan so two more years is not going to make much of a difference at all," Davison said.

"It just means we can prepare further for what is likely going to be a very interesting tussle to get another team in Brisbane."

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 12:19 AM

AS COMMITTED AS EVER

November 5th, 2012

When the ARLC Chairman, John Grant, recently announced that the NRL would not address expansion until 2014 some heads dropped and in some regions and cities, the “cue was put firmly back in the rack” i.e. some NRL expansion Bidders threw their hands in the air and gave up the fight or at least put their expansion activities “on indefinite hold”.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 06:15 AM

NRL star hopes bid saves local players
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The CQ NRL Bid hopes that if they're successful in obtaining a local team, it will encourage young players to pursue football as a career and stay in the region.

They say many players selected for professional teams struggle with being away from their support network.

Former NRL player and Central Queensland Indigenous Development Operations Manager Justin Loomans says having a CQ rugby league team would reduce the number of youngsters giving the sport away.

"If we have a team here yes it's going to be great to have all these local players and you're still in your own home base but I also believe that we have players now and in the past that were good enough to play at the top level but just didn't want to leave the region," he says.

He says the transition from home to the city can be tough on youth.

"The way rugby league is going at the moment, you know these kids are at such a young age when clubs want to pick them up or sign them and take them down south," he says.

"It's a really difficult thing when you get to the city without your parents there, without the support network and when you're up here you're a super star and mum and dad pat you on the back and everyone thinks it's great.

"Down there when you have a bad day, you've still got to get home, do your own washing, cook your own food and all of a sudden it gets pretty tough."

But even if players are selected to play at the next level, it's not guaranteed they'll make it as an NRL player.

"The way the league goes is it takes a lot of kids and a lot of the time, they're throwing a big net out there in the hope that there's a Darren Lockyer or a Matty Bowen or somebody like that in there," says Justin.

"Unfortunately history has shown us that a lot of good, talented kids have left the country areas, gone to the city, had bad experiences, come home and then stopped playing footy altogether which is a real shame."

He says while players are committed to training sessions, there's also a lot of free time which can become a trap for youngsters who are experiencing city life for the first time.

"Yes they're down to play football and further their dream but it's also a life experience and like most young blokes you want to take advantage of that," he says.

"It's a very fine line to stay in touch with what you're there to do without getting caught up in the outside and what's going on."

He says he knows what it's like from experience.

"I left Rockhampton to go to Townsville which was great but when I left Townsville to go to Sydney I can tell you that the first four or five weeks I was there, I thought this place is not for me," he says.

"I loved the Rabbitohs because I loved football and that was good but Sydney just wasn't my lifestyle."

Justin says some will come home and continue to play for the local rugby team but others will give the game away for good.

He hopes a local team will prevent that from happening.

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 05:57 AM

The Queensland Telegraph & CQ NRL Bid article with ARLC saying CQ is a front runner - "cqnrlbid is "right up there". That's the assurance Geoff Murphy has been given from the NRL Commission."

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 02:51 AM

CQ CAPRAS – exciting times ahead

A few weeks ago the CQ Capras and the CQ NRL Bid consolidated their considerable resources into one dedicated and coordinated organization to operate the CQ CAPRAS in the Intrust Super Queensland Cup (ISC Q Cup). The CQ NRL Bid Chairman, Geoff Murphy is the new CQ Capras Chairman. His very competent board comprises directors from the Bid board and the former CQ Capras board. I will serve as CEO of both the Bid and the CQ Capras and Walson Carlos will retain his responsibilities as Community and Business Development Manager of the Bid along with the vital role of Operations Manager of the CQ Capras. John Harbin will be the head Coach and he has retained the bulk of his dedicated support staff from last season. The team is not finalised yet but it comprises mostly local CQ players with a few “imports” who will complement the “born and bred” players most of whom represented the CQ Capras last year with a great deal of pride and resolve. We are all dedicated and determined to make the CQ Capras successful both on and off the field.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:00 AM

CQ Capras hope membership packages entice fans to Browne Park

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The CQ Capras hope to pack out Browne Park at all of their home games in 2013. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin. The CQ Capras hope to pack out Browne Park at all of their home games in 2013. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin. Chris Ison

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Central Queensland Capras have issued a challenge to the public to get behind them and support them in 2013.

Next season, they want to see Browne Park return to its glory days, where crowds flooded into the Capras' home ground fired up and ready to support their team, making it an intimidating environment for the Queensland Cup opposition to visit.

"It used to be part of the culture in Rockhampton to come down to Browne Park on a Friday or Saturday night after work and support the Capras - they were a founding club in the Queensland Cup. People knew the players having watched the players progress through the junior ranks to senior level," CQ Capras' chief executive Denis Keeffe said.

Keeffe and Capras' head coach John Harbin were at Rockhampton Leagues Club yesterday (Wednesday) to announce the club's enticing 2013 membership packages, and said it was a momentous day for the club who recently merged with the CQ NRL bid.

"We have issued a challenge to the public to get behind the Capras this season...if the team is to be successful, it has to start with the public and then the corporate support will come after that," Keeffe said.

The CQ Capras set a conservative figure of registering 500 members to begin with, which Keeffe thought was achievable with the great packages available for adults, children and young adults, as well as families.

"I was in Rockhampton during the halcyon days of Browne Park when it was always packed, with an intelligent crowd, who knew when it needed to get behind the team to lift them...we have mostly CQ blokes playing for the Capras, we need to get some wins, and make Browne Park a formidable place to play at again," Keeffe said.

That was in 2002-03, when Keeffe was CEO for the North Queensland Cowboys and the Capras (then Comets) had an affiliation with the NRL team.

Meanwhile, Harbin added a solid member base and the support of the public in the Capras' 12 home games (two trial matches and ten Intrust Super Cup matches) next season would be invaluable to the team.

It would also help provide the Capras with the resources needed to create a professional environment which players looked for in a club, particularly when there was no cash incentive for them.

"There have been times where we have overachieved and that has been due to the public, who we hope will come back to rugby league - a full Browne Park is a sight to see and we can achieve that if we produce the kind of football the crowd want to see," Harbin said.

Crowd numbers at Browne Park had fluctuated throughout the years, but the coach said people spoke of the "Glory Days" during the 1960s where huge crowds would attend games and in later years where a trial match would attract crowds of around 5000. In 2008, Browne Park hosted the seventh place playoff of the Rugby League World Cup where Tonga thrashed Scotland and engrossed a crowd of almost 6,000.

For information on the CQ Capras' membership packages and to join up, go to www.capras.com.au


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Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:02 AM

CQ NRL Bid Development Staff Member & Former NRL/ESL player Justin Loomans helps startup new Junior RL club at Emu Park in the Rockhampton JRL Competition.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:08 AM

Tails wag as Bulldogs are set to return for Mackay match
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Posted Image NRL fans will get to see this sight again with news the Bulldogs will play another match in Mackay next year. Lee Constable
THE tails of Doggies fans in Mackay will be wagging after Friday's announcement that Canterbury Bulldogs will play the Newcastle Knights in Mackay next year.
The much-awaited 2013 NRL premiership draw clearly stated Virgin Australia Stadium would host another Bulldogs home game on Sunday, July 7.
This is a huge win for stadium committee members who campaigned hard to bring another NRL match to Mackay after the stadium hosted its first successful match in July.
Virgin Australia Stadium chairman Greg Sutherland said it was a sign that they had obviously got it right the first time they hosted the Bulldogs Mackay game.
There was even talk there might be another Bulldogs match brought to town just two weeks after the July 8 match was scheduled, Mr Sutherland said.
The 2013 NRL premiership draw has this Bulldogs vs Storm match venue labelled "to be advised".
Mackay provided a sell-out crowd when the Bulldogs defeated the Melbourne Storm earlier this year and the forthcoming July match will include a strong local flavour as well.
Dally M Medal winner Ben Barba clearly thrived under the influence of a home-grown crowd in July.
He will be joined by his good mate and Knights player Dane Gagai as well as experienced Knights forward Nev Costigan, all players who started out in the Mackay Junior Rugby League.
Bulldogs chief executive officer Todd Greenburg said the game would be as memorable as their first match in Mackay.
"We are thrilled to once again take a Bulldogs home game to Mackay where we will take on the Newcastle Knights in round 17 on Sunday, July 7," Mr Greenburg said.
"Some locals who had never seen a live NRL game not only witnessed home-grown junior Ben Barba at his brilliant best but also watched the two 2012 grand finalists go head to head.
"It is memories like these that last forever and create life-long supporters of our great game."
He said next season's game would be a ripper.
"This (next year's) match will be broadcast on free to air with the games host broadcaster Channel Nine," he said. "This will provide incredible exposure and branding for the city of Mackay and will provide significant economic impact for the region.
"Last season's sold-out game is a great indicator of the area's passion for rugby league.
"To be able to deliver another NRL game to Mackay is a great result for all stakeholders.
"Speaking with Wayne Bennett it is clear the Knights are very supportive and I have no doubt this season's game will be even bigger and better."

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:33 AM

CAPRAS LAUNCH SPONSORSHIP & CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP PACKAGES FOR 2013 SEASON
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Capras Chairman Geoff Murphy, Coach John Harbin and CEO Denis Keeffe welcome new Capras corporate partner Tristan Boyce from ASN

RUGBY LEAGUE: The CQ Capras today launched their Sponsorship & Corporate Partnership packages for 2013. The new and improved packages include a wide array of sponsorship opportunities for Central Queensland businesses.

CQ Capras CEO Denis Keeffe said the range of options in the packages were designed to give all businesses and local organisations a chance to support Central Queensland’s number one sporting team.

“The CQ Capras now have the strong links with the CQ NRL Bid and I can guarantee we are going to take this club forward to be bigger and better than ever. It is vitally important that we (Capras) provide our 2013 sponsors and corporate partners with valuable benefits that reward their investment. We are committed to doing this – the Capras are committed to servicing our sponsors and corporate partners, because without them this club cannot be successful. ” Keeffe said.

Newly appointed CEO Denis Keeffe who also serves as CEO of the CQ NRL Bid said he was looking forward to the opportunity to speak with local businesses and even those interested sports fans about the opportunities to be involved with the Capras.

“There are business people and sports fans in CQ that are looking for a great night out, with a chance to listen to a guest speaker who has made their mark in the sporting or business world, along with some corporate hospitality. This is something the Capras can provide in 2013. I encourage those people interested in being a sponsor for the Capras to contact us and see what we can offer you.”

The CQ Capras have extended an open invitation to all those interested in sponsoring the club in 2013 to come along to Rockhampton Leagues Club next Wednesday night for an Information Evening hosted by Chairman Geoff Murphy and CEO Denis Keeffe.

To RSVP please contact the Capras office on 07 49225388 or email admin@capras.com.au this week.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:06 PM

CQ - A Changing Market

The CQ NRL Bid staff travel all over Central Queensland regularly, and often beyond what we would categorise as the normal boundaries of CQ.

When we present the benefits and merits of the CQ NRL Bid and then ask for questions the most common questions almost always concern the location, tactics, and chances of success or otherwise of the "opposition" compared to our Bid. This "opposition" refers to other bidding regions and cities. E.g. NSW Central Coast (Gosford), Perth, Brisbane Bombers, PNG, Ipswich, etc. I do consider these regions in our tactics but I do not malign them or their motives because they are NOT the real opposition.

The real opposition is the AFL and I am not being derogatory or dismissive of the AFL. In fact I envy many of their achievements and ambitions to dominate the Australian sporting landscape. The AFL is resourced and committed and their stated tactic is to target the "heartlands" of Rugby League. This policy is ongoing and is currently being implemented very openly in the western suburbs of Sydney and at the Gold Coast. Many observers do not realise that other more strategic and longer term attacks are also very current.

PJ Marsh is a good friend, a wonderful former player and a genuine good man. He originates from Central Queensland; he has resettled here in his post NRL life and developed a career in the vast coal mining industry of CQ. PJ provides his time and energies to the CQ NRL Bid in many capacities and is a very valued mentor in the development and scholarship programs of the Bid. His passion for Rugby League and for his community is obvious and enduring.

PJ called me last week from his home in Middlemount, where he works and lives. He is always so positive and happy so I always enjoy our football discussions, whether these discussions involve talking about a promising young player in the Central Highlands or just talking generally about the upcoming NRL or Q Cup seasons. Last week PJ was very upset and I was immediately concerned.

He was agitated and kept asking me about the Bid's progress. He said a few times "mate, we have to get our own NRL club in CQ". The reason that PJ was not his normal happy and enthusiastic self was the AFL. Their development staff were in Middlemount and had just signed PJ's son up to their respected "AFL Auskick" program. In fact in the last few days, PJ was asked to go to one of the program's sessions, as a parent, and help out ? of course PJ obliged. PJ and his son went to the local AFL ground in Middlemount ? that's right an AFL ground right in the very middle of our "heartland".

Has the Rugby League community lost PJ's son? I don't know and neither does PJ but as PJ said "I am going to support my son all the way, so if he decides to do AFL, I'll back him all the way".

CQ is now an avid Rugby League market but it is changing quickly and some of these changes are significant.
Please go on line and apply for membership NOW.

Please support the CQ NRL Bid by going on line at www.cqnrlbid.com.au and become a Bid or Corporate member -
from the desk of the CEO, Denis Keeffe

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:24 PM

Son of former NRL star takes to Aussie Rules instead
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Posted Image PROGRAM NEEDED: PJ Marsh, pictured with Joel and Jacob Van Zanden, wants to see a rugby league program for local youngsters. Chris Ison
FORMER NRL great PJ Marsh was not his usual, enthusiastic self last week.
Marsh had just called CQ NRL Bid CEO Denis Keeffe and Keeffe said Marsh hadn't been himself because he had just signed his son up to the AFL's Auskick program.
While Marsh said he supported his son in whatever endeavour he chose, he questioned why the NRL did not have a similar program for youngsters.
He said AFL had made its presence known in the mining town of Middlemount, where the Marsh family was based, but rugby league had not made the same effort in the three years he lived there.
"It is like the NRL in general has taken its popularity in western and central Queensland for granted and not followed up with junior programs, like Auskick, therefore losing kids to different football codes," Marsh said.
"I don't know what the NRL should do, but obviously the AFL do.
"The NRL needs to step up."
Growing up in Blackwater, Marsh said he remembered an AFL field but not playing on it and not knowing much about the code until he was 12 or 13 years old. Meanwhile, his son was a professed West Coast Eagles fan and knew the players in the team. He suggested the NRL needed to talk to the AFL because it had obviously implemented a program that worked. Above all, Marsh encouraged central Queensland to get behind the CQ NRL Bid.
"We need to get behind it and push harder," Marsh said.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:27 PM

AFL grows in central Qld's rugby league heartland

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Posted Image Photo: PJ Marsh would prefer his son to play rugby league than AFL (Getty Images)
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A group pushing for a national rugby league team in central Queensland says the AFL is making inroads into rugby league heartlands.
Dennis Keefe from the CQ NRL Bid says the AFL has a policy of heavily promoting their game in traditional rugby league areas.
He says it has been so successful, it has managed to convince the son of former NRL star PJ Marsh to take part in the AFL's Auskick program in the Central Highlands.
"PJ Marsh is a little bit fazed by the whole thing as it's got a personal touch now where his son has been approached and actually been involved in the very productive development programs of the AFL," he said.
"So PJ was a little bit shaken by the whole deal.
"He's a very proud father, he said if his son wants to play AFL or take up AFL he will support him all the way, [but] in saying that, PJ said he would much rather his son pursue a career in rugby league.
"He's been surrounded, in some ways inundated, by the promotion of the AFL game in Central Queensland."
Mr Keefe says the AFL is pouring money into rugby league areas.
"We're outnumbered on the ground probably three or four to one by the AFL and we're out resourced as far as straight money," he said.
"Remember that up until now the AFL received a lot more money from their media partners than what the NRL did so they are much more resourced than us and they're using that resource to attack our heartland."
Rugby league dominates

The AFL says it does not expect to break rugby league's dominance in central Queensland in the near future.
Scott Smithwick from AFL Capricornia says numbers taking up the sport in Central Queensland are rising, but rugby league still dominates.
"It's gradually getting more and more popular but at the moment I think league's pretty safe," he said.
"We are trying our hardest of course to try and give the kids an option other than rugby league but it seems to be the top dog at the moment and I can't see that changing any time in the future.
"Out at Emerald we get 100 Auskickers per year, Blackwater we got 80-odd this year, so it's gradually growing in numbers from what it has been in the past."
AFL plans

Mr Smithwick says the AFL Capricornia competition in Rockhampton and Gladstone is strong, and he would like to revive a competition on the Central Highlands.
"Whether it's 18 a side competition or whether it's a competition involving the new hybrid game of AFL Nines which have brought out, so it's a little bit more flexible than 18-a-side competitions," he said.
"In the end I believe that we are actually going to be pushing towards that.
"It might not be for 10 years, but in the end I think we will be aiming for that."

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:11 PM

AFL grows in central Qld's rugby league heartland

By Paul Robinson
Updated Wed Dec 5, 2012 3:01pm AEDT

Posted Image Photo: PJ Marsh would prefer his son to play rugby league than AFL (Getty Images)
Map: Rockhampton 4700
A group pushing for a national rugby league team in central Queensland says the AFL is making inroads into rugby league heartlands.
Dennis Keefe from the CQ NRL Bid says the AFL has a policy of heavily promoting their game in traditional rugby league areas.
He says it has been so successful, it has managed to convince the son of former NRL star PJ Marsh to take part in the AFL's Auskick program in the Central Highlands.
"PJ Marsh is a little bit fazed by the whole thing as it's got a personal touch now where his son has been approached and actually been involved in the very productive development programs of the AFL," he said.
"So PJ was a little bit shaken by the whole deal.
"He's a very proud father, he said if his son wants to play AFL or take up AFL he will support him all the way, [but] in saying that, PJ said he would much rather his son pursue a career in rugby league.
"He's been surrounded, in some ways inundated, by the promotion of the AFL game in Central Queensland."
Mr Keefe says the AFL is pouring money into rugby league areas.
"We're outnumbered on the ground probably three or four to one by the AFL and we're out resourced as far as straight money," he said.
"Remember that up until now the AFL received a lot more money from their media partners than what the NRL did so they are much more resourced than us and they're using that resource to attack our heartland."
Rugby league dominates

The AFL says it does not expect to break rugby league's dominance in central Queensland in the near future.
Scott Smithwick from AFL Capricornia says numbers taking up the sport in Central Queensland are rising, but rugby league still dominates.
"It's gradually getting more and more popular but at the moment I think league's pretty safe," he said.
"We are trying our hardest of course to try and give the kids an option other than rugby league but it seems to be the top dog at the moment and I can't see that changing any time in the future.
"Out at Emerald we get 100 Auskickers per year, Blackwater we got 80-odd this year, so it's gradually growing in numbers from what it has been in the past."
AFL plans

Mr Smithwick says the AFL Capricornia competition in Rockhampton and Gladstone is strong, and he would like to revive a competition on the Central Highlands.
"Whether it's 18 a side competition or whether it's a competition involving the new hybrid game of AFL Nines which have brought out, so it's a little bit more flexible than 18-a-side competitions," he said.
"In the end I believe that we are actually going to be pushing towards that.
"It might not be for 10 years, but in the end I think we will be aiming for that."

http://www.abc.net.a...artland/4409852

The NRL needs 3 new clubs. Perth, The Central Coast, and Central Queenslandb to stem the flow of the afl and grow Rugby League. The problem is that most NRL clubs are so poorly run that they do not want the TV money divided up any more, as they can't see the obvious benefits that the 3 new clubs would bring. The NRL clubs are very insular and are not interested in Rugby League outside their own little world. They are so insular they can't even see the benefits of growing International Rugby League..




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