History

An advertisement appeared in the Daily Mercury in 1918 wanting to know if anyone was interested in playing rugby league. The new game which was a breakaway from rugby union was taking the Southern parts of the state and NSW by storm. From his advertisement a meeting was called resulting with four teams being formed with the first competition game played in June 1919. The four teams were Railways, All Blacks, Rangers and Magpies. All games were played at the Mackay showgrounds which at that time was called Alexander Park. The only surviving team from 1919 is Magpies who join Mackay and District Rugby league celebrating their ninetieth year.

From a humble beginning and inexperience of players because of their union back ground the league took a while to get established. This showed up in the early intercity games with the rep side being well beaten by their northern rivals. It was not until 1934 Mackay won its first intercity title winning the Carlton shield. The Carlton Shield was the fore runner to the now famous Arch Foley shield that was first played for in 1948. The legendry Billy Paton came to Mackay in 1927 and took charge of all training in Mackay, Bills input soon had the game going forward and quickly established league as the premier sport in Mackay. In 1923 Mackay affiliated with Central Queensland rugby league but later cancelled this arrangement and threw in with North Queensland with which it is still affiliated today.

Over the years new teams have joined the competition and others have joined and folded. At present we have an eight team competition with each club fielding A, Reserve and under 18 sides. With the inclusion of Dysart and Moranbah in the competition in 1988 the league changed its name from Mackay Rugby league to Mackay and District Rugby league. Dysart is no longer with Mackay and have gone back to Central Queensland league. The league now plays its competition on a home and away basis with all finals and representative games played at the Junior Rugby league grounds. With a government promise of 10.5 million to build a new stadium the Mackay Cutters joining the state wide Q Cup competition the future looks bright for our game.

There have been a number of quality players that have come out of this area to go on and represent Australia and State Of Origin. Pre origin there was Graham Laird, Elton Rasmussen, Ray Laird, Eric Webster, Eric Bowe, Hume Ronald and Booker Primrose. Since State of Origin, Dale Shearer, Martin Bella, Wendal Sailor, Brett Dallas, Kevin Campion all these players have represent Queensland or Australia.

Over the years there have been many dedicated officials to run and organise our game.  Notable contributions were made by Jack O’Brien, Jack Casey, Beau Taylor, Alex Dent, Col Grant, Aub Kruskie and Greg Sutherland. Indeed there were many more who worked hard to build our league to its present strength.

MACKAY AND DISTRICT RUGBY LEAGUE INC. EXECUTIVES

DatePresidentSecretaryTreasurerRegistra
1988Kevin AndersonDenis Layden / Colin GrantMerve MackenzieAlf Abdullah
1989Merve MackenzieGail LinnakerKevin McCanneAlf Abdullah
1990Bill DuguidKev AndersonKevin McCanneAlf Abdullah
1991Bill DuguidKev AndersonKev AndersonAlf Abdullah
1992Bill DuguidKev AndersonKev AndersonAlf Abdullah
1993Bill DuguidKev AndersonKev AndersonAlf Abdullah
1994Bill DuguidKev AndersonKev AndersonAlf Abdullah
1995Bill DuguidKev AndersonKev AndersonAlf Abdullah
1996Bill DuguidKev AndersonKev AndersonAlf Abdullah
1996/7Greg SutherlandAlf AbdullahWayne JamesAlf Abdullah
1998Greg SutherlandAlf AbdullahWayne JamesAlf Abdullah
1999Greg SutherlandAlf AbdullahMax McFadzenAlf Abdullah
2000Greg SutherlandAlf AbdullahMax McFadzenAlf Abdullah
2001Greg SutherlandAlf AbdullahAlf AbdullahPatrisha McFadzen
2002Greg SutherlandPaul OliverRobin BillingAmanda Bishop
2003Greg SutherlandPaul OliverLesley SabboAmanda Bishop
2004Greg SutherlandAlf AbdullahAlf AbdullahCarolyn Craig
2005Greg SutherlandAlf AbdullahAlf AbdullahCarolyn Craig
2006Greg SutherlandAlf AbdullahAlf AbdullahCarolyn Craig
2007Greg SutherlandCarolyn CraigAlf AbdullahCarolyn Craig
2008Greg SutherlandCarolyn CraigAlf AbdullahCarolyn Craig
2009Stephen HawkinsCarolyn CraigAlf AbdullahCarolyn Craig
2010Stephen HawkinsAlf AbdullahAlf AbdullahBrianna Craig

EXECUTIVES SENIOR “A GRADE” PREMIERSHIP WINNERS

YearPremierYearPremierYearPremier
1919Railways1950Marian1981Magpies
1920Carltons1951Sarina1982Wests
1921Carltons1952Bucas1983Sarina
1922Federals1953Magpies1984Magpies
1923Carltons1954Magpies1985Magpies
1924Catholic Club1955Carltons1986Magpies
1925Catholic Club1956Magpies1987Magpies
1926Wanderers1957Souths1988Norths
1927Catholic Club1958Souths1989Sarina
1928Catholic Club1959Souths1990Sarina
1929Carltons1960Magpies1991Sarina
1930Catholic Club1961Carltons1992Moranbah
1931Catholic Club1962Carltons1993Moranbah
1932Catholic Club1963Wests1994Souths
1933Magpies1964Magpies1995Brothers
1934Catholic Club1965Souths1996Brothers
1935Catholic Club1966Souths1997Brothers
1936Magpies1967Brothers1998Souths
1937Carltons1968Carltons1999Souths
1938Magpies1969Wests2000Moranbah
1939Magpies1970Brothers2001Moranbah
1940Marian1971Magpies2002Souths
1941Marian1972Wests2003Souths
1942Not Played Ww21973Souths2004Moranbah
1943Not Played Ww21974Souths2005Moranbah
1944Not Played Ww21975Souths2006Souths
1945Calen1976Souths2007Brothers
1946Bucas1977Souths2008Brothers
1947Bucas1978Magpies2009Souths
1948Bucas1979Souths2010Souths
1949Magpies1980Brothers

PATON MEDAL WINNERS

YearNameClub
1988Lindsey GilNorths
1989Charley BickeyNorths
1990Andy GeeWest
1991Stephen BellaSarina
1992Aaron DurantWests
1993Paul WhiteMoranbah
1994Stanly HaruNorths
1995Brendon CarterWests
1996Peter KanakMagpies
1997Anthony HerringWests
1998Justine BryantMoranbah
1999Brett GaleaMagpies
2000Dave RobertsSouths
2001David MatsenSarina
2002Clayten HumphreysNorths
2003Daniel FlynnSarina
2004Matt HarrisSouths
2005Quinton FielderSarina
2006Matt HarrisSouths
2007Quinton FielderSarina
2008Marshal MillerWests
2009Stu CruickshankSouths
2010Craig ChapmanSouths

MACKAY AND DISTRICT RUGBY LEAGUE

Abdullah, AlfredAnderson, KevAprile, Michael
Barnes, BillBickmore, JohnBlanchfield, Barry
Casey, JackChivers, TobyCroft, Noel
Doonan, StuartDuguid, WilliamGaylard, Rex
Gooding, VicGrooskreutz, MaxGrooskreutz, Colin
Hannay, PatHayes, TerrenceKrusky, Aubrey
Layden, DennisMackenzie, MervynMalone, Marlene
Malone, MickMcIntyre, JoanMooney, Cecil
Neilson, StevePatterson, PaulPatterson, Dr Rek
Primrose, Booker RProberts, MichaelRolfe, Noel
Rossd, GeryShew, MickSutherland, Greg
Talbot, JohnTideman, BarryVallery, Jim
Weir, KenWhelan, JohnWhipps, Gary