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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.

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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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: Paul Callaghan

Coach: Ty Williams

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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: Mitch Cook

Coach: David Elliott

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North Queensland Gold Stars

The North Queensland women's team formed in 2020 and is facilitated by the Cowboys in collaboration with the Northern Pride, Townsville Blackhawks and Mackay Cutters.

Players train in Cairns, Townsville and Mackay before selection to compete in the statewide QRLW competition.

Each region has a satellite squads aged 17 and over selected from the Cowboys Women’s Academy for their chance to be play in the QRLW competition.


Ben Jeffries, Coaching Director
Tel: 0436 816 260

Gavin Lloyd, Head Coach
Tel: 0422 568 891

Acknowledgement of Country

North Queensland Cowboys respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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