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2012 QR National Scholarship Recipients and their Mentors

Sing, Hetherington, Loomans, Marsh, McIndoe, Bell, Larson, Lucas (QR National rep), Murphy (Chairman), Keeffe (CEO)


League legends to mentor youth

Alan Kennedy | 2nd March 2012

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FOR youngsters like Teykoa Nagas a scholarship with the CQ NRL Bid has given him the opportunity to be mentored by some of the former greats of the game.

Twelve-year-old Teykoa Nagas is one of the junior rugby league players to receive a QR National scholarship from the CQ NRL Bid Team.

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FOR youngsters like Teykoa Nagas a scholarship with the CQ NRL Bid has given him the opportunity to be mentored by some of the former greats of the game.

Last Friday night some of the greatest players to ever play rugby league were at the CQ Leagues Club to show their support for the CQ NRL Bid and for the NRL Bid Season Launch at which over 200 people attended.

A special part of the night included the presentation of the 11 QR National Scholarship recipients and their mentors.

Gary Larson, Jason Hetherington, Alan McIndoe, Steve Bell, Matt Sing, PJ Marsh, Justin Loomans, Kevin Campion and Mark Hohn were part of a star-studded line up on the night.

Larson, Hetherington, McIndoe, Bell, Sing, Marsh and Loomans will provide mentoring and guidance to the young scholarship recipients along with Rhys Wesser, Mark Graham, Nick Kenny and Sid Domic who were unable to make it on the night.

CQ NRL Bid business and community development officer Walson Carlos said the mentoring is an integral part of the QR National Scholarship set up by the CQ NRL Bid team.

"The scholarship provides a three tier support to recipients," he said.

"There is financial support, mentoring and player welfare education."

Carlos said the mentoring was an active part of the scheme with each mentor contacting the players on his allocation list of players by phone and email on a regular basis.

Also the mentor will watch the youngster play football whenever possible.

"The mentoring is one of the most important parts of the program," Carlos said.

"It's pretty special for the youngsters to be mentored by someone who has played over a hundred NRL games or represented Queensland or their country."

Regular contact with former players who have already trod the path to NRL stardom helps the young players to focus on their football and "remain grounded".

The third tier of the program involves Andrew Pratt, a teacher from Emmaus College, who is highly experienced in player welfare education and has a background with the Queensland Reds.

"He talks to the youngsters about substance abuse, social issues and football related issues," Carlos said.

The nine mentors at the launch boasted over 1700 NRL and Super League Games, 88 State of Origins and 32 International games between them.

Meanwhile, Kevin Campion and Mark Hohn were also present at the function representing their cleaning services business, TJS Cleaning Services, which is one of 150 Corporate Partners of the CQ NRL Bid.

Guest speaker for thelaunch was Gold Coast Titans chairman Paul Broughton who gave the football-savvy attendees an insight into the NRL and the challenges of securing an NRL licence.

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Central Queensland – the Spotlight

The Spotlight will be a regular blog on the quirky, interesting and new things happening for rugby league in and relating to Central Queensland. What are some former stars up to? Are there any unusual stories? And what is happening in grassroots rugby league in CQ. All we know is we’re in for another great season of rugby league! Plus new "insider note" from the Bid.

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CQ - The Spot Light - Blog 2

Where are they now?

Grassroots action.

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U20's State of Origin thoughts and CQ stars in contention

Inside News. Which Denis Keeffe reiterates on WIN Local News tonight: "when our business plan comes out we will probably be the most viable sporting club in the country"

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"The Gold Coast has a very prominent surfing-individualist kind of culture," says Danya Hodgetts, a research fellow with the Institute for Health and Social Science at Central Queensland University's Rockhampton campus. "And then you've got the glitz and the glamour aspect. They are the two big groups and neither are very football-watching groups.

"In between are all the blue collar and retail workers and they are affected by rising costs everywhere. The Gold Coast just doesn't seem to have that football market segment to its population, where in Rockhampton garnishing support for league is like shooting fish in a barrel."

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Titans And Cq Have Clear Differences

This news item was posted at 12:17 pm on the 27th March, 2012

There has been much said and written recently about the Titans and most of the discussion concerns the club’s finances. My main interest, however, was the announcement of their signing of Dave Taylor to a multiyear playing contract commencing in 2013. If there was anything that confused me a little about Queensland’s newest NRL club was their propensity to sign New South Wales players and coaches.


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If the recent financial issues in rugby league show anything, its expansion bids vying for a place in the National Rugby League Premiership will need to demonstrate full financial viability and grassroots relations. The CQ NRL Bid reiterated during the week “the number one criteria for expansion are VIABILITY and this will be even more heavily emphasised with the Titan’s issues. Our CQ NRL Team will be by far the most viable bid and have the most comprehensive development and community engagement programs in the NRL.”

ISC and Local League Action (in addition the blog the 2nd Rocky home for ISC on the weekend rose to nearly 1200)

Where are they now?

Development Focus?

NRL Focus

1992 & 2012

The Spot Light Blog - CQ NRL Bid

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Good to see that youth development and home grown talent is at the foundation of the bid.

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Good to see that youth development and home grown talent is at the foundation of the bid.

The CEO said to the U14's squad parents who could make the introduction at the camp that the bid has full committment and connection to grassroots rugby league.

Regional fans want to see their own progress and play at the top level

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Titans' woes won't stop stadium

Kerri-Anne Mesner | 9th April 2012 5:00 AM

THERE'S no doubt in Denis Keeffe's mind that the next world-class NRL stadium will be built in Rockhampton.

The chief executive officer of the CQ NRL Bid also says the Gold Coast Titans' financial woes will not impact the NRL's decision to expand the league by two new teams.

Mr Keeffe said money has been set aside for a stadium or sporting infrastructure in this state.

"It can't be converted into extra police or nurses," he said.

"If we don't build the stadium here in Rockhampton, the money will go to Townsville."

He said Townsville already had Dairy Farmers Stadium (Cowboys' home); the Tony Ireland stadium at Riverway for AFL and international cricket; and the Murray Sports Complex, which is about to undergo a redevelopment to include the new Townsville RSL Stadium that will feature an international standard wooden sports floor.

Mr Keeffe said Cairns was also hoping to get a 20,000 seat stadium, but he strongly feels its Central Queensland's turn.

He also dismissed the idea that the CQ NRL Bid could be fighting against an Ipswich bid for stadium money.

Mr Keeffe said he has spoken to the Ipswich Bid crew and they told him they planned on using Suncorp Stadium for the next 15 years.

He said the issue with that idea was there were already three anchor tenants at the Suncorp Stadium - the Brisbane Broncos, the Queensland Reds and Brisbane Roar - and talks of a new stadium in Springfield, but not for another 15 years.

"The problem is Suncorp can't handle too many more events," Mr Keeffe said.

"(Also) it doesn't fit in with the Liberal National Party's regionalisation plan.

"If you put another team in the south-east corner, you are only going to dilute what (supporters) you already have there."

He said if there were an Ipswich team, there would be very few supporters left for the already-struggling Gold Coast Titans as most of their supporters were from the Logan area.

Mr Keeffe also pointed out there were 10 national teams in the south-east corner.

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The Spotlight – Junior Development Camp & Cup Success

Report on the recent CQ NRL Bid U14 Development Camp (rated as one of the leading programs at that age) and Capras (crowd among the top in QCup - 1500 last week) and Mackay Cutters success, Rhys Wesser Shield, Young Guns, Where are they now.

Includes U14s expected to play matches in likely Bundaberg, Mackay and Rockhampton against Northern and Brisbane teams this year (can't mention another potential big match up)

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Developing Our OWN

Last week the CQ NRL Bid development squad conducted their first camp of 2012 at Yeppoon, under Head Coach Lionel Harbin and his very professional coaching staff. This year, the first team to wear the CQ NRL Bid colours are under 14. Even though it is less than twelve months since they came together for the first time, I have noticed some dramatic differences in their persona. The young and often shy and insecure 13 year olds of last year are now much more confident and mature young men. It is the measure of this wonderful program that these changes are more than obvious.

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Premier's stand won't hurt: Bid

Kerri-Anne Mesner | 18th April 2012 4:00 AM


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CORPORATE boxes and an NRL stadium in Central Queensland are not the same, according to CQ NRL Bid chief executive officer Denis Keeffe.

CEO Denis Keeffe



CORPORATE boxes and an NRL stadium in Central Queensland are not the same, according to CQ NRL Bid chief executive officer Denis Keeffe.

Mr Keeffe's statement comes after an SMS was published in the Morning Bulletin, by Col, the Caves, who believes Premier Campbell Newman's cut of government hospitality boxes at NRL stadiums was a sign the Liberal National Government didn't support sports.

Mr Newman announced last week the boxes would be relinquished or hired to private users.

He said as was part of his plan to cut waste and save taxpayers money, he had directed Cabinet ministers at the first meeting of the cabinet to not retain the boxes.

Mr Keeffe, and bid chairman Geoff Murphy, were in Brisbane yesterday, meeting potential sponsors and government departments.

Mr Keeffe said as a private citizen and taxpayer, he supported Mr Newman's decision about the corporate boxes.

He said this decision would not impact financially, or the design, of a Central Queensland NRL stadium.

"As far as we are concerned, they will be occupied by companies," Mr Keeffe said.

He said the bid crew allocated the number of corporate boxes for the local NRL stadium.

"We haven't allocated anything for government usage.

"One of the things we are doing while we are here is talk to different elements of government about the stadium."

The CQ NRL Bid needs $500,000 from the State Government for stage one, which is known as the licensing and approval stage.

This includes examination of the proposed site, soil testing and any necessary steps to gain ownership of the land.

Then the bid would be at "shovel ready" stage, which has to be done by the end of the year.

The LNP earlier this month sidestepped the $500,000 question, but confirmed its commitment to a stadium within the normal budget process.

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The Spotlight – CQ to bring on challenges!

The VERY Crowded Sporting Landscape – South East Queensland has two NRL clubs and has a lot of risks associated with expansion.

"Walson Carlos (CQ NRL Bid Business and Community Development Manager) was asked by The Spotlight – how will Central Queensland achieve this, and states “we have a very robust business plan and would enter the NRL competition if granted a license as one of the most viable sporting franchises in Australia. This viability will be secure and constant through our major backers and not reliant upon top-up grants from the NRL. "

Community Ownership Model for CQ?

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Loomans visits Bundy kids

29th May 2012 5:10 AM

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Bundaberg South State School student Zac Ambertel gets some tips from former NRL player and Central Queensland NRL Bid representative Justin Loomans.

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BUNDABERG students turned into footy stars yesterday, showing off their skills at a development workshop hosted by the CQ NRL bid crew.

Students at Bundaberg South State School and Bundaberg High School were given some rugby league tips by former Cowboys and Rabbitohs player Justin Loomans.

"They were wonderful ambassadors," Bundaberg South principal Chris Brittain said of the visitors.

"All the kids were totally engaged and enthralled.

"All the kids had a great time."


"Bundaberg SHS U/14s after a great session today. Followed up by a fun visit if the QR National Schools Program to Bundaberg South Primary School. Should be good story in the Bundaberg NewsMail tomorrow."


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CQ licence can stem AFL surge

Griffith Thomas and Griffith Thomas | 30th May 2012 8:40 AM


Hervey Bay’s Joshua Sander is one of many junior players on the Fraser Coast who could one day be playing for Central Queensland in the NRL.

Alistair Brightman

ONE of rugby league's favourite sons believes a National Rugby League team based in Central Queensland would do wonders for the Fraser Coast.

While in Maryborough yesterday, retired Gold Coast Titans star Preston Campbell said if the CQ NRL Bid was awarded an NRL licence it would be beneficial to regional junior players wanting to play at the elite level.

"I think it would be great to have a team around this area," he said.

"You look at Brisbane down south and the Cowboys up north, that's a long way in-between.

"You do get a rare guy from around here that gets to go down (to Brisbane) and show their wares, whether it's at summer training or with a squad, but it would be good to see if there were more opportunities for them.

"Obviously more opportunities gives them more of an opportunity to make it."

Central Queensland is among several locations vying for an NRL franchise, including Perth, Ipswich and a second Brisbane-based team.

Although it has produced current NRL players Nick Emmett and Maurice Blair, the Fraser Coast isn't regarded as a fertile breeding ground for rugby league prospects.

But Campbell believed a Central Queensland team would quickly change that.

"It would give the young fellas in and around the area something to aspire too," he said.

"They'll know that when they're playing for their local club, their community and their families."

A country boy himself hailing from Inverell in northern New South Wales, Campbell said another reason why the NRL should consider expanding to Central Queensland was so it could curtail any future plans the AFL might have of making a push into the rugby league heartland.

"There is always going to be talk about that and the AFL is of course massive and has a lot more money than rugby league," he said. "But hopefully when they (ARL commission) have the TV (rights) talks, that brings a boost to the game."

But he said no amount of money would ever see the AFL win over the hearts and minds of rugby league diehards.

"The AFL can afford to give all these giveaways to kids and that's what draws them in, but the thing rugby league has on its side is that people still love the game and they want to play it," he said.

"They feel it in their hearts and that's what keeps them turning up."

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