More importantly, the Crushers did such a good job signing young talent that they entered a team in the Sydney under-21s premiership in 1996 and won, led by future Queensland State of Origin players Clinton Schifcofske and Travis Norton. … “And they had a really good affiliation with News, where we didn’t have that. Check out the new look and enjoy easier access to your favorite features. That appetite persists. South Queensland Crushers. It was pretty exciting times. “There’s going to be 70-80,000 people in that corridor from Sunshine Coast to Redcliffe, it’s massive. As Broncos great and current director Darren Lockyer told Wide World of Sports last year: “The Broncos aren’t everyone’s cup of tea in Brisbane, so I think a second team would be supported from the fan base.”. Just to get the thing up and running. They might have won two wooden spoons from three seasons but the South Queensland Crushers also made a splash in top-flight Australian rugby league. Hephaestus Books represents a new publishing paradigm, allowing disparate content sources to be curated into cohesive, relevant, and informative books. Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now. The South Queensland Crushers were an Australian rugby league football club based in Brisbane, Queensland. Van de Velde wonders what might have become of that brilliant under-21s crop, had those players been able to remain with the club. Crowds had dwindled along with the on-field results. Queensland Origin hero Dale Shearer was injured, playing just three games and only seven the following season. They attracted high-profile names like Mario Fenech and Trevor Gillmeister. We had a reasonably good balance of sponsorship. “They’d never played together, went to Sydney and won. “We thought we were the only ones (new team) going in at one stage but then the Warriors came in, Western Reds came in and Adelaide Rams came in. ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys has pencilled in a new Brisbane club for 2022, or perhaps 2023 after the financial challenges imposed by COVID-19. The club had a future, I have no doubt about that, because those players went on to play at the top level for other clubs once it disbanded. It was a jarring decision and even more so now with the clamour for a second NRL team in the city. “I just got some hard-heads, some experienced guys like Trevor Gillmeister and them. All wonderful things … yet things that the NRL could have enjoyed for the past quarter-century, had the Crushers not been killed off. , "South Queensland Crushers - Players - Rugby League Project", Rugby League Tables / South Queensland Crushers Point Scorers, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_South_Queensland_Crushers_players&oldid=970271730, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 30 July 2020, at 09:34. “That was probably pre-empted by a News Limited decision, based on the fact I think the Broncos were keen to have one team in the town,” inaugural Crushers chief executive Darryl Van de Velde told Wide World of Sports. We had no staff, the staff here would work sometimes until two o’clock in the morning, they were outstanding. “That’s the other thing I’m really keen to see with another team come in, it’s going to give more Queensland kids the opportunity to play at home in the NRL and that’s crucial. List of South Queensland Crushers players. “So what we did is we filtered down the talent, that was the problem. They need to embrace that because that is a massive growth area. There will be a game at the venue virtually every weekend, two television games for the league-hungry Brisbane market, plus a Brisbane derby that will draw huge crowds and bring a long-awaited rivalry to the city. This is a list of rugby league footballers who have played first grade for the South Queensland Crushers. To view matches in which a player appeared, click the icon. “That was the plan but it didn’t eventuate. We were getting 20,000 people at the game, even though we weren’t winning. “The financial wherewithal wasn’t there but I think that’s changed. That was probably one of the major factors because the club itself was going OK. “We separated the river, we had the Broncos on the south side, we on the north side, so we had a massive area we could grow, right through Redcliffe and beyond. The Dolphins would immediately be one of the NRL’s richest clubs if accepted, yet may still need pragmatism. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Summary; Detail; See also: South Queensland Crushers History; Coach Bob Lindner Captain Trevor Gillmeister Biggest home crowd 34,263 (vs. Brisbane in round 4) Average home crowd 13,016 Top pointscorer ... Players. The first Crushers-Broncos derby, round four of 1995, drew nearly 50,000 at QEII and they got more than 34,000 to Suncorp the following year. They finished 16th that first season. Jump to navigation Jump to search. “We picked up the first million-dollar sponsor, XXXX Gold, nobody had a million-dollar sponsor at that time. All around those places now, there’s bloody houses going up by the dozen. They joined the ARL in 1995, when the addition of the Auckland Warriors, Western Reds and North Queensland Cowboys bloated the competition to 20 teams; just as the Super League war was exploding. Articles on South Queensland Crushers Players, Including: Chris McKenna, Clinton Schifcofske, Danny Nutley, Matt Bickerstaff, Tony Kemp, Dale Shearer, Hephaestus Books. It can’t be Redcliffe Dolphins, they’ve got to try and grow a bigger catchment area because that’s where your fan base is going to come from.”. We haven't found any reviews in the usual places. A derby rivalry with the Broncos would be entrenched. All those clubs started on the back foot. They were far from a Broncos-style powerhouse, yet the club was not at death’s door. They averaged more than 21,000 fans at home games in their first season, playing as the only tenant of Suncorp Stadium after the Brisbane Broncos departed for QEII Stadium south of the river. “We didn’t have a really good [winning] strike rate at senior level, based on the fact we had a lot of young kids there,” Van de Velde said. ARL heavyweight Phil Gould told Wide World of Sports that the South Queensland club was shuttered purely to give the Broncos a Brisbane monopoly.