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QUEENSLAND RUGBY MID YEAR GENERAL MEETING 2ND JULY 2005. CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER’S PRESENTATION. The Year to date. Continued growth in playing numbers – 46,000 Landmark Heelers – Runners up in ARS Strong representation in Australian 19s and 21s Reds finish 10th

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QUEENSLAND RUGBY

MID YEAR GENERAL MEETING

2ND JULY 2005



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The Year to date

  • Continued growth in playing numbers – 46,000

  • Landmark Heelers – Runners up in ARS

  • Strong representation in Australian 19s and 21s

  • Reds finish 10th

  • Strong representation of Queensland Referees in all competitions

  • Increased State Government funding of rugby throughout Queensland



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RWC Strategic Funding

  • Infrastructure Grant Funding

    • $500,000.00 committed from the allocation of RWC profits to Queensland to a project to support the development of facilities

    • Aim is to extend this funding to in excess of $5.4M

    • Strong synergy with:

      • Queensland State Government Major and Minor Facility funding

      • Development of a culture of planning by Queensland Rugby clubs and sub-unions


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RWC Strategic Funding

  • Infrastructure Grant Funding

    • 15 applications

    • 11 tentative approvals of $193K for projects with a total value of $1.6M

    • 2005 Conditional Approvals

      Brothers Caboolture/Murrumba

      Casuarina-Tweed Hervey Bay

      Mackay Nambour

      Noosa Souths

      Sunnybank Surfers Paradise

      Wests Juniors

      * Acquittal is currently in process on these grants


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RWC Strategic Funding

  • New Club Infrastructure Project Officer

    • Specific targeting of high growth demographic areas to establish new Rugby clubs - Caboolture, Redcliffe and Pine Shire Councils, Ipswich Council

  • North Queensland Administration Manager

    • Specific targeting the North Queensland clubs in Cairns, Townsville and Mackay to improve administration skills, practices and structures in the following areas:

      • Planning

      • Financial Management and Funding

      • Governance

      • Human Resources

      • Facilities

      • Competition Management

      • Participation


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Competitions

  • Under 19 Transition Competition

    • The aim of this program is to provide:

      • A representative Rugby experience to recognise talented club players.

      • A significant number of competitive fixtures.

      • A development opportunity for participants who are geographically remote from a professional or Premier Rugby provider.

      • Increase the enjoyment of playing Rugby and therefore retain and recruit players to club Rugby in the attending regions.


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Competitions

  • Under 19 Transition Competition

    • Queensland Country has never beaten NSW Country at Under 19 level

    • In 2005 South Queensland defeated NSWCRU Under 19 20 – 5 while North Queensland lost by a conversion on full time 26-27

    • There are now more Under 19 players in Country than in Brisbane


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Competitions

  • Telstra Ballymore Cup

    • Commenced as a strategy to re-invigorate state school Rugby in Brisbane in 2001

    • Now state-wide

    • 91 Schools in 2004

    • Increase to 104 in 2005

    • Schools from every regional competition in the state from Cairns to the Gold Coast

    • ¼ Finals in North Queensland and Ballymore

    • Semi-finals and Grand Finals at Ballymore


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Facilities

  • State Facilities Plan

    • Premier Rugby Standards

      • $1M + in Major Facility funding in 2005 Queensland Government budget

      • Improvements at Gold Coast, GPS, Sunnybank and Souths

    • Development of Regional Plans


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Human Resources

  • Volunteers

    • The game is sustained in Queensland by in excess of 5,000 volunteers

    • The nurturing and management of the base of support is essential for the growth and future of the game in Queensland

    • Volunteer Education

      • QRU Provide free resources to volunteers

      • Over 6,000 CDs distributed from 6 titles in the last 12 months

    • Volunteer Recognition

      • $20K in recognition for club and sub-union nominees

      • Over 150 recognised in the last 12 months


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Queensland Premier Rugby

  • Positioned as the highest standard of competition in Queensland embracing the whole state

  • Seen as a stepping stone to an international rugby career

  • TV coverage to resume in 2006??


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High Performance Rugby - Referees

Referees

  • Andrew Cole - Super 12 Referee of the year, 2 tests, 6 S12 games

  • Scott Young - 4 Super 12 games

  • Greg Hinton - Wellington, Los Angeles & RWC Hong Kong 7s

  • Paul Marks - IRB U/21s, Aust V Samoa Schools Test

  • Ian Scotney - assessor for 5 S12 games, 4 test matches

    Other Appointments

  • Terry O’Connor - ARU Referee Academy Manager

  • Frank Meiklejohn - ARU Referee Academy Referee Coach

  • Geoff Acton & Alastair Mould - ARU Referee Academy Referee

  • Michelle Colgrave - ARU Womens’ Referee Squad

  • Cole Barrett - Level 3 Referee Coach Course 2004-2005


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Contracting the Reds

  • The process

  • The squad size

    • 33 players only

    • 30 standard contracts

    • 3 Rookie contracts

  • Why have players left?

    • Opportunity?

    • Lack of opportunity?

    • Losing?

    • Money?


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Reds – 2006 Squad – Forwards

Tight Five - John Roe

Hugh McMeniman Mitchell Chapman

Tom McVerry David Croft

Ben Mowen James Horwill

3 players TBC

Front Row

Peter Niumata Rodney Blake

Greg Holmes Anthony Matheson

Stephen Moore Sean Hardman

Geoff Abram

1 player TBC


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Reds – 2006 Squad – Backs

Halfbacks/Fly halves

Josh Valentine Nic Berry

Elton Flatley Julian Huxley

Berrick Barnes 1 tbc

Centres/Wing/Fullback

Tim Atkinson Steve Kefu

Ben Tune Lloyd Johansson

Peter Hynes Drew Mitchell

Caleb Brown Chris Latham

Andrew Brown


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Commercial Operations

  • Ballymore

    • More families

    • Approximately 4,000 people unable to see Hurricanes match

    • Decline in corporate sales

    • Poor utilisation of seats by PGMs and 30 year Red Pass members

  • Suncorp Stadium

    • Research has strong messages

    • Potential sponsors requiring matches be played there


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    Naming Rights Sponsorship

    • Bank of Queensland

    • End of a 21 year relationship

    • Expected but still disappointing

    • Exclusive negotiation period ended 31 May

    • A number of companies have already received proposals

    • Strategy to separate Reds & Community Rugby properties


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    Ballymore/BCC Feasibility Study

    • Establishment of a world recognised “high performance training” facility for use by the Queensland Rugby Union and other sporting codes;

    • Explore Ballymore’s potential for enhanced usage and generation of new revenue streams for the QRU;

    • Improve the ability of QRU to provide elite services to Queensland and Australian rugby communities;

    • Provide Queensland with an elite centre for sports research and training, initially focusing on “rectangular” based sports and interests.



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    Community Rugby Entitlements

    • Gross sponsorship revenue 1,200,000

    • Less: servicing costs (26%) 312,000

      888,000

    • ARU/SSD Grant funding 2,300,000

    • Match day revenue 100,000

    • TOTAL COMMUNITY NET REVENUE 3,288,000

    • CURRENT COMMUNITY RUGBY BUDGET 3,200,000



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    Where to from here?

    • Implementation of High Performance Review

    • Incorporation of Queensland Country Rugby

    • Ballymore – BCC Study

    • Continued positioning of Premier Rugby

    • Naming Rights sponsors – Reds & Premier Rugby

    • Strategic Plan – 2006 onwards

    • Fixed ARU funding for at least the next 3 years

    • Bledisloe for Brisbane?


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    2005 Highlights

    • Forecast trading profit approx $100,000 (budget - $166,830)

    • Hurricanes match sold out

    • Sponsorship income has been maintained in a competitive market

    • Government funding of rugby has increased





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    Special Resolution – Proposed

    • “That the Articles of Association of the Union be amended by deleting all of the words in Article 6.5 and inserting instead the following words:-

    • ‘Subject to these Articles the Directors referred to in clauses 6.3(a) and 6.3(b) shall hold office for one (1) year. The Executive Director shall be appointed in accordance with Article 6.3 and the Players Representative Director shall be appointed for a period of one (1) year.

    • At the end of the 2005 Annual Meeting all the Directors referred to in Articles 6.3(a) and 6.3(b) shall retire from office but shall be eligible for re-election.”’


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    Special Resolution – Revised

    • “That the Articles of Association of the Union be amended by deleting all of the words in Article 6.5 and inserting instead the following words:-

    • ‘Subject to these Articles the Directors referred to in clauses 6.3(a) and 6.3(b) shall hold office until the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting in the year following their election and shall be eligible for re-election. The Executive Director shall be appointed in accordance with Article 6.3 and the Players Representative Director shall be appointed for a period of one (1) year.

    • At the end of the 2005 Annual Meeting all the Directors referred to in Articles 6.3(a) and 6.3(b) shall retire from office but shall be eligible for re-election.”’


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