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Cairns Cyclones are no more

After 5 years competing in the Queensland/Bundy Gold Cup, the Cairns Cyclones will not press on in 2001.
Cairns Cyclones are no more
by NRL

After 5 years competing in the Queensland/Bundy Gold Cup, the Cairns Cyclones will not press on in 2001. The
board decided on Tuesday that the financial strain on the club was too much to bear and made the hard decision
to shut down the club. They also cited lack of support from Cairns District Rugby League clubs, sponsors and
the North Queensland region as reasons.

Cairns join Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Gold Coast Vikings, Port Moresby and Townsville (whom may
replace the Cyclones in 2001) as casualties of the state-wide competition over the past 5 years.

The Cyclones had a disastrous season in 2000, only winning 2 games and conceding over 900 points in defence,
and there was rumours that they were doing it tough off the field as well as on the field. They decided to break
their affiliation with the North Queensland Cowboys at the start of the year after receiving a poor relationship with
the NRL club. The club only made the semi-finals once and that was in the inaugural year of the Queensland
Cup in 1996.

Following the Cyclones' withdrawal, the Bundy Gold Cup contains only one side (Central Comets) north of
Brisbane. That is unacceptable for a competition that calls itself a Queensland state-wide competition. A side
from North Queensland MUST be in the Bundy Gold Cup. It provides players from this Rugby League mad area a
vital stepping stone into the NRL. Hopefully, the Townsville Stingers (under the guise of Cowboys reserve grade
side) will be allowed to fill up the remaining spot in the 12. I don't want to see the repeat of this year and see a
Queensland club in the NSW First Division in 2001.


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