Monday 10 July 2017

Touch Rugby League will be returning to the Redcliffe Peninsula for the 2017 TRL Australian Championships. Held over three days from Friday 29 September to Sunday 1 October, the event will attract over 850 players, officials and support staff travelling from as far north as Townsville and as far south as Melbourne.

Players selected for the event have represented their local competitions at a State-level during the year at the Queensland and New South Wales State Championships. TRL Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Stefan Ziesolleck, said “The event will see the highest calibre of players come together and showcase the very best TRL talent in the country. We are very excited to see our newcomers Newcastle, Greater Western Sydney and Melbourne represented on the national stage.”

As a curtain raiser for the weekend, TRL will host its very first TRL International games featuring Australia v New Zealand and Vietnam v Rest of the World. The Australian Championships will also host the second annual TRL State of Origin Series with, for the first time in TRL history, a Women’s State of Origin side scheduled to play under the lights of Dolphin Stadium on Friday 29 September. A 15-player Men’s and Mixed squad is also being selected for Queensland and New South Wales.

The 2017 TRL Australian Championships are proudly supported by funding from Moreton Bay Regional Council. Executive Chairman of TRL Australia, Tom Longworth, said “The Moreton Bay Region has a strong sporting culture, supported by impressive infrastructure and natural assets and we thank Moreton Bay Regional Council for their support and generosity to deliver the event to our players and supporters from across the country.”

Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Spokesperson for Parks, Recreation and Sport, Councillor Darren Grimwade, said council was extremely excited to welcome the TRL National Championships to the Moreton Bay Region, after hosting the Queensland Championships earlier this year.

“Those returning from the Queensland Championships will know Dolphins Stadium is a stellar venue, with its recently completed grandstand project delivering seating for 3,500, a new corporate area, scoreboard, lights and commentary box, in addition to car parking, food and drink facilities and restrooms,” Cr Grimwade said.

“The Moreton Bay Region prides itself on its strong sporting culture and active, outdoor lifestyle, and I have no doubt our local community will join me in welcoming the TRL National Championships and players, officials and spectators from across the nation from 30 September to 1 October.

“With more than 850 competitors and officials and 1,445 spectators from right across the country expected to attend, it’s certainly shaping up to be a fantastic, action-packed weekend of sport.

“For those travelling into the Redcliffe Peninsula for the event, Dolphins Stadium is also only a short walk away from the newly delivered Kippa-Ring train station, on the Redcliffe Peninsula Line. Visit www.translink.com.au for timetable details.

“While in town, I also encourage competitors and spectators to make the most of the weekend and enjoy all that the Redcliffe Peninsula has to offer – from trying your hand at stand-up paddle boarding at Scarborough Beach, to checking out Redcliffe’s great range of shops, cafes and restaurants, or visiting Bee Gees Way along Redcliffe Parade which comes to life at night-time with a light and sound show playing on the hour.”

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For more information on the 2017 TRL Australian Championships please contact:

Stefan Ziesolleck
Chief Executive Officer
TRL Australia
e. stefan@trl.com.au