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Mount Tamborine Bushrats

The Bushrats were formed in 1994 as the Tamborine Mountain Junior Rugby League Football Club Inc. Our club colours were red, blue, green and white with the jersey styled closely to the Auckland Warriors playing strip.

The Bushrats began with only a men’s side and didn’t have a home ground at the time, training out of a park at Edens Landing in Brisbane. They started in the 4th Division in 1995 in the Brisbane Competition, where they stayed until 2001 having won the premiership in the 2nd Division Comp. The Bushrats joined the Gold Coast Competition in 2002, relocating to the Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds and securing the own home field for the first time since inauguration. It was at this time that the junior Bushrats started forming nominating teams from U6 to U15.

The Bushrats men’s side won the Reserve Grade Premiership in its first year in the Gold Coast Competition, winning the premiership in A Grade in 2003 and a final premiership trophy in Reserve Grade in 2004. This was to be the height of the Bushrats success have won 4 premierships in a row between two competitions.

Unfortunately, due to a number of different circumstances, the Bushrats folded their Junior and Senior sides in 2008. Although there were a couple of resurrection attempts to get the club back on its feet, none of these eventuated and the club was lost to the Rugby League wilderness.

Fast Forward to 2021, an idea sparked by a group of local kids who wanted to play Rugby League but had no local club. This is all it took to get the ball rolling and a new committee formed. The old relationships were reignited and the Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds were secured once again as the home ground for the Tamborine Mountain Bushrats. With a lot of hard work and a stubborn persistence, the club has re-formed and has re-entered the Gold Coast Competition with a handful of junior teams and U18 and men’s team starting in the DMC Competition. Now in 2022, the excitement around the Tamborine Mountain community is palpable, with a number of local businesses getting behind this new resurgence and the reintroduction of Rugby League back to Tamborine Mountain.

The Bushrats have a bright future with over 60 members signed up to play this year, with the club looking to secure training lights and infrastructure that will keep things moving forward for some time to come. Gold Coast Rugby League have been very supportive in our ambitions to engage our local community and encourage more kids to play our beautiful game and we couldn’t thank them enough. It’s nothing short of exciting to say the least and we’re glad to be back!

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