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North Queensland pathways

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are committed to creating pathways for 'homegrown' rugby league talent through our close affiliation and support of Queensland Cup feeder teams Townsville Blackhawks, Northern Pride and Mackay Cutters.

The Cowboys and its three feeder clubs are partners in a long-term strategy that provides a clear pathway to the National Rugby League for juniors from the region.

The partnership supports progression for North Queensland juniors from their local club competitions to the Queensland Cup age group set-ups in their home regions, through to senior Queensland Cup and on to the NRL with the North Queensland Cowboys.

Through this pathways system, a young player can live and play footy in his home region, coming through the ranks as he works towards playing NRL for the Cowboys.

Peter Parr, Cowboys Director of Football

Townsville Blackhawks

Representing Townsville and districts, the Townsville Blackhawks were admitted to the Queensland Cup in September 2014, first competing in the 2015 season.

Home ground: Jack Manski Oval, Kirwan

CEO: Justin Wilkins

Coach: Aaron Payne

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Corey Jensen - Townsville Blackhawks
Corey Jensen - Townsville Blackhawks

Northern Pride

Representing Far North Queensland, the Northern Pride were founded in 2007 and played their first Queensland Cup season in 2008.

Home ground: Barlow Park, Cairns

CEO: Mark Quinn

Coach: Ty Williams

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Premierships: 2 (2010, 2014)More info:

Enari Tuala - Northern Pride
Enari Tuala - Northern Pride

Mackay Cutters

Representing Mackay and districts, the Mackay Cutters were founded in 2007 and played their first Queensland Cup season in 2008.

Home ground: BB Print Stadium, Mackay

CEO: Troy Rovelli

Coach: Steve Sheppard

Premierships: 2013

More info:

Mitch Dunn - Mackay Cutters
Mitch Dunn - Mackay Cutters