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Encyclopedia > South Queensland Crushers
South Queensland
Full name South Queensland Crushers
Colours Aztec Gold, Navy Blue & Red
Entered 1st grade 1995
Departed 1st grade 1997
Sport Rugby League
League NSWRL/ARL
1997 12th of 12
Premierships Nil
Runners-up Nil
Minor premiers Nil
Wooden spoons 2 - 1996, 1997
Biggest win 39 - 18 vs. Wests, August 31, 1997 (the club's final game)
Worst defeat 4 - 58 vs. Wests, August 27, 1995

The South Queensland Crushers were a rugby league team who played in the NSWRL/ARL competition from 1995–1997. Image File history File links Crushers_1995. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rugby league is a team sport, played by two teams of 13 players. ... The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New South Wales. ... A Wooden Spoon is a mock or real award, usually given to an individual or team which has come last in a competition, but sometimes also to runners-up. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Western Suburbs Magpies are a Rugby League club in Sydney, Australia. ... August 31 is the 243rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (244th in leap years), with 122 days remaining. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Western Suburbs Magpies are a Rugby League club in Sydney, Australia. ... August 27 is the 239th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (240th in leap years), with 126 days remaining. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rugby league is a team sport, played by two teams of 13 players. ... The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New South Wales. ...

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History

Although it was the decision of the Queensland Rugby League to admit the Brisbane Broncos to the NSWRL in 1988, the two organisations did not get along well. The QRL were sponsored by Castlemaine Perkins XXXX, while the Broncos' major sponsor was the short-lived Power's Brewing. There were many clashes between the QRL and the Broncos over the first five years of the Bronco's existence, resulting in Brisbane leaving Lang Park for the newer ANZ Stadium, which was the site of the 1982 Commonwealth Games.


When the Australian Rugby League began taking bids for expansion teams to begin playing in 1995, it was expected that only 2 teams would enter. The Auckland Warriors were the first club to be accepted, with the final place being fought for by South Queensland, North Queensland and Perth. The ARL later announced that all three clubs had been accpeted, taking the number of teams in 1995 to 20.


The Coming of the Crushers

South Queensland were unique in that their emblem was different from their nickname. Both the Steam Train emblem and the Crushers nickname had strong reference to sugar cane production, which is the major industry of Queensland. Unlike the Maroon, Gold and Blue of the Broncos, which tied to the colours of Queensland, the Aztec Gold, Navy Blue and Red were chosen by Market researchers.


The Crushers' CEO was Darryl Van der Velde, who was involved in one of the unsuccessful bids to form Brisbane's first NSWRL team, and the coach was Bob Lindner, the former Australian Test Lock. The Crushers had strong ties with the Queensland Rugby League, and had supporters that didn't like the way the Broncos were run. Lang Park became the Crushers' homeground, and XXXX Gold, which is brewed a couple of hundred metres down the road from Lang Park, became the official sponsor, with Qantas as the sleeve sponsor.


Their first season was average, although they had a healthy average crowd of 21,000.


Super League and the Crushers

The threats from the ARL about expulsion of the Broncos from the Winfield Cup had been present from the beginning, and now that a second team was in Brisbane led the Broncos to discuss with News Limited the possibility of setting up a competition to rival the Sydney-based NSWRL. The irony in this is that the threat of the Crushers to the Broncos precipitated Super League, but the Crushers were offered a Super League license, however the Crushers chose to remain loyal to the ARL; a move that ultimately cost them the club.


In 1996 South Queensland finished dead last, and crowd support dwindled. XXXX Gold ended their sponsorship with the Crushers, their place being taken by AV Jennings. In 1997, crowds fell to just 7,000, and two "free" days, where officials opened the gates to Suncorp Stadium, could not stop the drain of support for the club. Their four wins in the Optus Cup gave the Crushers their second successive wooden spoon, and coupled with the debt of the football club, along with the Crushers Leagues Club in Grange, led the club to either merge or die. In late 1997 it appeared that the club's only possible merger partner was the Gold Coast Chargers, however the Gold Coast's best season since coming into the competition led them to believe that it didn't need the Crushers and could survive into the NRL on it's own. The Crushers were closed at the end of 1997 with debts totalling $3 million, and although the Chargers were financially successful, were closed down at the end of 1998 to reduce the number of teams.


Coaches

1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Sponsors

Major Sponsors

  • XXXX Gold (1995–96)
  • AV Jennings (1997)

Sleeve Sponsor

Qantas (pronounced ) is the name and callsign of the oldest and largest airline of Australia. ...

Crushers players to be successful with other clubs

  • Clinton Schifcofske (Parramatta, currently with Canberra Raiders)
  • Mark Tookey (New Zealand Warriors)
  • Scott Sattler (Penrith Panthers, Wests Tigers. Currently involved with Gold Coast Titans)

References

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Reference.com/Encyclopedia/South Queensland Crushers (713 words)
South Queensland were unique in that their emblem was different from their nickname.
The Crushers' CEO was Darryl Van der Velde, who was involved in one of the unsuccessful bids to form Brisbane's first NSWRL team, and the coach was Bob Lindner, the former Australian Test Lock.
Lang Park became the Crushers' homeground, and XXXX Gold, which is brewed a couple of hundred metres down the road from Lang Park, became the official sponsor, with Qantas as the sleeve sponsor.
H I S T O R Y O F S T G E O R G E (1986 words)
The significance of State of Origin was typified by Queensland captain, Arthur Beetson who although a born and bred Queenslander, played the majority of his adult career for Sydney clubs.
The NRL stating that South Sydney did not meet the new competition criteria - a claim that was hotly disputed by South Sydney officials.
Souths first match of the year, a pre-season Charity Shield trial against St George, attracts a crowd of 37,000 at the Sydney Football Stadium.
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