It was late one January afternoon in sunny Rockhampton, 2014. Dallas Williams had just picked up the Sunday Mail and saw an article on TRL. “I was reading this article on the growth of TRL and I thought, this game would be a hit in Rocky”. Several phone-calls and a face to face meeting at a pub in Brisbane and the rest is history – Dallas Williams and Aaron Harmsworth successfully taking TRL north of the capital and launching with a bang in August 2014.
The growth of the game though in these areas has been phenomenal. Today over 300 Senior teams grace the TRL playing circuits in Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton every year. Rocky is still the glamour performer with often up to 65 teams competing each season but Townsville and Mackay (after only starting in 2016) are hot on their heels. Justin Smith (Owner-Operator of TRL Townsville) quips: “Just you wait… the Rocky boys have a few years on us. We will get them come next Australian Championships”.
Regional QLD love their League and so it is no wonder they have taken to the rules and flow of TRL. In saying that, TRL is more than just a set of rules – it is a social experience and as a brand, has been forged against this backdrop. Steve Askin from TRL Mackay has put on many functions already at the local Cartel Nightclub and as for Rockhampton, we hear nothing beats a good night out at the Giddy Goat.
Looking towards 2018, TRL Australia is hopeful of being able to host at least one major Event in regional QLD and it would be great to give back to the area. Stefan Ziesolleck, CEO TRL Australia notes “It would be great to take a big Event north – whether that be to Yeppoon or a party destination like Airlie Beach – I am sure we will get the buy-in from SEQ and NSW”.
What we definitely know is that TRL would not be the same without the ongoing support and passion from these areas. With an exciting 2017 calendar remaining and the launch of our Junior Seasons later in the year, we cannot wait to see what Regional QLD delivers on the TRL front.