Two formidable opponents for representative teams at the upcoming 2017 TRL Australian Championships will be the Bayside Seagulls and West Brisbane Taipans.

Wynnum Wildcards (TRL Redlands) – 2017 Queensland State Championships

Having featured at every Australian Championships since 2014, TRL Redlands & Wynnum are hungry for their first finals appearance and are keen to go all the way with positive energy brewing on the ‘Bayside’ as its three representative sides prepare for the Event.

“The growth of our Capalaba and Wynnum competitions has seen more players put their hands up to don the Red and Green” says Joe Wood, General Manager TRL Redlands & Wynnum. “We are seeing more and more talent filter into our sides due to the increasing numbers of participation in our region.”

The Bayside will also send its first ever Women’s side in addition to both a Men’s and Mixed side.

“This is a first for TRL which is fantastic for the sport and our team is pumped.”

For Mixed Captain Clinton Manteufel, this will be the first campaign for him and his side, however he is confident they can take it out.

“Our team has played together for many years in both representative touch football and rugby league. Four of us are brothers, and we also have two players who are brother and sister. Continuity and knowing each other’s games will definitely be our strength”.

The community is right behind the Seagulls’ with support from local businesses Flex Fitness Australia, Dawe2Door Removals and BD Concreting.

In West Brisbane territory, the Taipans are poised to strike as they welcome back Duane Huynh (2017 Queensland Men’s Origin and Vietnam selection) and Ethan Te Tamu (2017 New Zealand selection) into an already strong line-up.

Middle Park Pythons (TRL West Brisbane) – 2017 Queensland State Championships

Mai Tien Truong, co-owner of West Brisbane, will also be entering the region’s first Women’s team.

“It’s great to see the development of the women’s competition at the Australian Championships. Undoubtedly, all teams will be strong, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for Ipswich and Rockhampton who at States earlier in the year, had some of the strongest girls we’ve ever seen play TRL.”

The Australian Championships weekend will open on Friday September 29 under the lights of Dolphin Stadium with a Live Stream of the State of Origin Series.

Stefan Ziesolleck