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Encyclopedia > Amco Cup

The Amco Cup (also known by various other sponsors' names including the Tooth Cup, KB Cup, National Panasonic Cup and Panasonic Cup) was a mid-week rugby league competition in Australia between 1974 and 1989. The format was usually a straight knock-out, but various group formats were used from 1979 to 1982 inclusive.




The competition was essentially a "made for TV" event, featuring 4 x 20-minute quarters and a penalty countback rule in the event of a draw. Matches were played under floodlights (usually) on a Wednesday evening at venues including Lang Park in Brisbane, Parramatta Stadium and Leichhardt Oval in Sydney and various NSW country centres. The competition was scrapped after the increasingly professional clubs resented the additional burdens on their players caused by the mid-week games. In 1990 it was replaced by a preseason challenge cup played for only by the NSWRL teams. Suncorp Stadium, formerly known as Lang Park, is the home of rugby league in Queensland. ... Parramatta Stadium is a sports stadium situated in Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia. ... Leichhardt Oval is a rugby stadium in Leichhardt, New South Wales, Australia. ...



The number and composition of teams has varied considerably over the course of the competition.

Region/Competition Years Teams
NSWRL Club Teams 1974-1989 Balmain Tigers, Brisbane Broncos (from 1988), Canberra Raiders (from 1982) Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, Cronulla Sutherland Sharks, Eastern Suburbs Roosters, Gold Coast Giants (from 1988), Illawarra Steelers (from 1982), Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, Newcastle Knights (from 1988), Newtown Jets (to 1983), North Sydney Bears, Parramatta Eels, Penrith Panthers, St George Dragons, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Western Suburbs Magpies.
NSW Country Divisional Teams 1974- 1978 Illawarra, Monaro, Newcastle (from 1975), North Coast, Northern Division, Riverina, Southern Division, Western Division
NSW Second Division Premiers 1974- 1977 Ryde-Eastwood
BRL Club Teams 1975-1978 Brothers Leprechauns, Eastern Suburbs Tigers (from 1976), Northern Suburbs Devils, Redcliffe Dolphins (from 1976), Southern Suburbs Magpies, Valleys Diehards, Western Suburbs Panthers (from 1976), Wynnum Manly Seagulls (from 1977)
New Zealand Provincial Team/s 1974-1985 Auckland (1974-1980, 1984-1985), Canterbury (1976-1977), Central Districts (1981, 1983), South Island (1982), Wellington (1978)
Australian Regional Representative Teams 1979-1989 Combined Brisbane, NSW Country, Queensland Country (to 1984)
Australian State Teams 1977-1978, 1986-1987 Northern Territory (not 1986), South Australia (1987 only), Victoria (1987 only), Western Australia
Queensland Country Regional Teams 1975-1978 Central Queensland (from 1977), Gold Coast (1978), Ipswich, North Queensland (from 1976), Toowoomba, Wide Bay (from 1976)
Papua New Guinea team 1986-1989 Port Moresby

Winners, Runners-Up and # Teams

Year Winners Score Runners-Up Score # Teams
1974 Western Division 6 Penrith 2 21
1975 Sydney Easts 17 Paramatta 7 28
1976 Balmain 21 North Sydney 7 35
1977 Sydney Wests 6 Sydney Easts 5 38
1978 Sydney Easts 16 St George 4 38
1979 Cronulla Sutherland 22 Combined Brisbane 5 16
1980 Parramatta 8 Balmain 5 16
1981 South Sydney 10 Cronulla Sutherland 2 16
1982 Manly 23 Newtown 8 18
1983 Manly 26 Cronulla Sutherland 6 18
1984 Combined Brisbane 12 Sydney Easts 11 17
1985 Balmain 14 Cronulla Sutherland 12 16
1986 Parramatta 32 Balmain 16 17
1987 Balmain 14 Penrith 12 20
1988 St George 16 Balmain 8 19
1989 Brisbane Broncos 22 Illawarra Steelers 20 19

Competition Names & Sponsors

Years Name / Sponsor
1974-79 Amco Cup
1979-81 Tooth Cup
1982-83 KB Cup
1984-87 National Panasonic Cup
1988-89 Panasonic Cup



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