The paths of 2015 grand finalists the Ipswich Jets and Townsville Blackhawks cross early on, with the rivals facing off at the North Ipswich Reserve as part of the Jets’ Defence Force Appreciation initiative in Round 2.
Adding further spice to the second round is the prospect of former Easts coach Craig Ingebrigtsen bringing the Sunshine Coast Falcons to the Tigers’ den.
It’s another promoter’s dream in Round 1 on the weekend of March 5-6 when former Cutters premiership-winning coach Kim Williams returns to Mackay for the first time as coach of the Central Queensland Capras.
While the fierce rivalries will stoke the fire, there will be a much softer side to the Intrust Super Cup in 2016 with the QRL and its 14 clubs determined to further strengthen their community ties.
The community initiatives and themed rounds confirmed for 2016 include: Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation – March 5-6, Round 1: (The Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation aims to make organ and tissue donation awareness more prevalent in our community. Proceeds will be shared with the Ackerman Family Trust Fund); ANZAC Round – April 23-25, Round 8: Match to include ANZAC Day blockbuster between Burleigh Bears and PNG Hunters; Indigenous Appreciation Round – May 14-15, Round 10; Men of League & NRL Foundation Round – July 16-17, Round 19; Country Week – July 23-24, Round 20; Women in League Round – August 6-7, Round 22; Turn to Me Round – August 27-28, Round 25; XXXX Rivalry Matches – to be held at various stages of season.
Channel 9 will again bring fans live Sunday afternoon television coverage over the course of the 25 rounds and finals series.
The competition’s showpiece match is scheduled to be played at Suncorp Stadium on Sund, Sept 25, with the winner progressing to the NRL State Championship match in Sydney the following weekend. All clubs will contest 23 regular season matches (two byes each) in their quest to qualify for the ISC top six.