Following the recent COVID-19 lockdown of South-East Queensland and subsequent restrictions in place, the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) has today announced a revised Allsports Physiotherapy Hospital Challenge Cup and Queensland Premier Rugby 2021 Finals Series.
After consultation with all nine Premier Rugby clubs, the QRU Board, Rugby Australia, Nine Entertainment Company (NEC) and other Rugby stakeholders, the QRU can confirm the scheduled preliminary finals, which usually take place following the semi-finals in a three week finals format, will be cancelled with an updated two-week series to now take place consisting of two elimination semi-finals played between the top-four teams of all nine grades, followed by a Grand Final with the winners of each semi-final the following weekend.
The semi-final format will change to see the first placed team in each grade play the fourth placed finalist, while the second and third placed teams will play each other in elimination matches.
Following the resumption of community sport at 4:00pm on Sunday 22 August as per the Queensland Government’s COVID Roadmap to easing restrictions across the 11 South-East Queensland Local Government Areas (LGAs) affected by the recent lockdown, the revised semi-finals are now scheduled to be played across two days at Norths and GPS Rugby Clubs on the weekend of 28 and 29 August.
The respective Grand Finals are then scheduled to be played the following weekend with Sunnybank hosting the decider for Colts 3, Colts 2, Fifth Grade, Fourth Grade, Third Grade and Second Grade on Saturday 4 September, while the Women’s, Colts 1 and Premier Grade Finals will be played on Sunday 5 September at Suncorp Stadium.
With this in mind, please see below the fixtures schedule for the Semi Finals –
1st Grade v Brothers – Saturday, August 28 3:00pm – GPS Rugby Club
2nd Grade v Brothers – Saturday, August 28 1:30pm – GPS Rugby Club
4th Grade v GPS – Saturday, August 28 10:00am – Norths Rugby Club
6th Grade v Souths – Friday, August 27 8:00pm – Souths Rugby Club (TBC)
Colts 2 v Easts – Sunday, August 29 10:00am – Norths Rugby Club
Colts 3 v Easts – Sunday, August 29 8:30am – Norths Rugby Club