Our game of rugby league in Queensland was started when a group of working class, mainly Irish, former rugby union players wanted a game they could call their own, away from the constraints of having to toe the party line.
Now, 111 seasons later, the game might have changed on the field with the best in the land wearing the Maroon of Queensland but that same larrikin spirit that simmered back in 1908 is still there.
Queensland has been through their difficult times on the rugby league field and there have been many great times too as our Champions from Micky Dore back in 1908 to David Fifita in 2020 have made their state proud. This is part of their story.
From the days when an English Rugby League touring team would travel by boat from the ‘mother-country’ and then spend four months travelling around Queensland and New South Wales playing 30 games to the high speed Kangaroo tours of today when you fly into England, play three games and be back in Australia inside three weeks, it’s all in this book.
The birth of the Brisbane Broncos, Gold Coast Titans and North Queensland Cowboys. The real-life drama that was ‘Super League’ that divided the rugby league like no other, but we came out the other end as a more stable game. This book is not about politics, it is simply about the ‘Greatest Game of All in the Greatest State in Australia’, Queensland.