Jersey Flegg Cup

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Jersey Flegg Cup
Upcoming season or competition:
Current sports event 2018 Jersey Flegg Cup season
Jersey Flegg Cup Logo.png
Sport Rugby League
Inaugural season 1961
Owner(s) NSWRL
CEO David Trodden
No. of teams 13
Countries Australia, New Zealand
Most recent
champion(s)
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks (2018)
Most titles Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (9)
Related
competitions
National Youth Competition
Hastings Deering Colts
Official website Official Website

The Jersey Flegg Cup is a junior rugby league competition played in New South Wales, contested among teams made up of players aged 20 or under. The competition is administered by the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL), and is named for Eastern Suburbs foundation player and prominent administrator of the game, Harry "Jersey" Flegg.

History

The Jersey Flegg Cup began in 1961 as an under-19 age group competition and was originally played over 9–12 weeks early in the season, alongside the SG Ball Cup and Harold Matthews Cup during the NSWRL's junior representative season. In 1998, with the advent of the National Rugby League (NRL), the competition switched to the current under-20 age limit and was played over a full season, running alongside the senior NRL competition and culminating with the Grand Final held on the same day as the NRL Grand Final.[1]

The competition ceased at the end of the 2007 season to make way for the NRL-administered under-20 competition, the National Youth Competition, which commenced in 2008.

In 2016, the NRL announced that the National Youth Competition would be discontinued after the 2017 season, in favour of state-based under-20 competitions, administered by the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) and New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL).[2]

On 1 February 2018, the NSWRL officially announced the reintroduction of the Jersey Flegg Cup for the 2018 season after a 10-year absence.[3]

Teams

The Jersey Flegg Cup consists of thirteen teams, eleven based in New South Wales, one in Auckland, New Zealand and one in Victoria. In 2019, the Canberra Raiders and South Sydney Rabbitohs will return to the competition after using their New South Wales Cup affiliates in 2018, while the Victoria Thunderbolts join after spending the last four seasons in QRL-based competitions.[4][5][6]

Jersey Flegg Cup
Club Founded Location Primary Stadium(s)[7] Premierships Last NRL affiliate
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 1982 Canberra GIO Stadium 2 1993 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1934 Belmore Belmore Sports Ground 9 2003 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 1967 Woolooware Southern Cross Group Stadium 1 2018 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 1947 Brookvale Lottoland 3 1987 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 1988 Newcastle Cessnock Sportsground
McDonald Jones Stadium
2 1992 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 1947 Wentworthville Ringrose Park 3 1990 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels
Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers 1967 Penrith Panthers Stadium 4 2007 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 1908 Redfern Redfern Oval 8 1978 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 1998* Wollongong WIN Stadium 1^ 2005 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 1908 Sydney Allianz Stadium 3 2004 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
Melbourne colours.svg Victoria Thunderbolts 2015 Melbourne Casey Fields 0 - Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
New Zealand colours.svg Warriors 1995 Auckland Mt Smart Stadium 0 - New Zealand colours.svg Warriors
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 1999* Campbelltown Campbelltown Stadium 0^ - Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers
* denotes that the club was formed as a joint-venture of former existing clubs.
^ denotes that previous clubs making up the joint venture had won premierships prior to merging, which are not included in this tally.

Season structure

Regular season

The Jersey Flegg Cup follows the same regular season format as the Intrust Super Premiership, with games usually played as curtain-raisers to the senior fixtures. Beginning in early March, a round of regular season games is then played almost every weekend for twenty-one weeks, ending in late August. Unlike the Intrust Super Premiership, the Jersey Flegg Cup features three full rounds where every team receives a bye. These rounds are scheduled in to accommodate university exam periods.[8]

Teams receive two competition points for a win, and one point for a draw. The bye also receives two points; a loss, no points. Teams on the ladder are ranked by competition points, then match points differential (for and against) and points percentage are used to separate teams with equal competition points. At the end of the regular season, the club which is ranked highest on the ladder is declared minor premiers.

Finals series

The eight highest placed teams at the end of the regular season compete in the finals series. The Jersey Flegg follows the same finals format as the NRL and the Intrust Super Premiership. The system consists of a number of games between the top eight teams over four weeks in September, until only two teams remain.

These two teams then contest the Grand Final, which is played in late September at a suburban Sydney stadium (for example, Leichhardt Oval[9]), as a curtain-raiser to the Intrust Super Premiership Grand Final.

Premiership winners

Year Premiers
1961 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
1962 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
1963 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
1964 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
1965 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs Magpies
1966 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
1967 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
1968 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
1969 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
1970 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels
1971 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
1972 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
1973 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers
1974 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
1975 St. George colours.svg St George Dragons
1976 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
1977 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers
1978 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
1979 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
1980 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers
1981 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers
1982 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers
1983 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
1984 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers
1985 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels
1986 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers
1987 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
1988 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers
1989 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders
1990 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels
1991 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights
1992 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights
1993 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders
1994 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers
1995 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney City Roosters
1996 St. George colours.svg St George Dragons
1997 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers
1998 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Bears
1999 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
2000 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
2001 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
2002 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
2003 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
2004 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
2005 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons
2006 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers
2007 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers
2018 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Premiership tally

Titles Club Seasons
9 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1963, 1971, 1976, 1979, 1983, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003
8 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1978
8 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers 1973, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1994, 1997
4 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers 1977, 1986, 2006, 2007
3 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 1961, 1974, 1987
3 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 1970, 1985, 1990
3 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 1995, 2002, 2004
2 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 1989, 1993
2 St. George colours.svg St George Dragons 1975, 1996
2 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 1991, 1992
1 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs Magpies 1965
1 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Bears 1998
1 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 2005
1 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 2018

See also

References

  1. ^ https://www.nswrl.com.au/about/competitions/Jersey-Flegg/
  2. ^ https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-announces-state-based-competitions-to-replace-holden-cup-under-20s-from-2018/news-story/cab42c6edb1a7df1e2bc4d87c0d0fcd3
  3. ^ Buxton, Matt (1 February 2018). "Reintroducing Jersey Flegg". NSWRL.com.au. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  4. ^ https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2018/09/05/rabbitohs-lead-the-way-with-exciting-new-pathways/
  5. ^ https://www.raiders.com.au/news/2018/10/09/raiders-under-20s-to-return-in-2019-as-club-announces-new-coach/
  6. ^ https://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2018/10/09/victoria-to-make-welcome-return-to-nswrl/
  7. ^ "2018 DRAW | Jersey Flegg Cup". NSWRL.com.au. 15 February 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  8. ^ https://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2018/02/01/reintroducing-jersey-flegg/
  9. ^ https://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/09/15/family-fun-at-2017-grand-finals/

External links

  • Official website
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