The North Queensland Young Guns
were a rugby league
team competing in the Queensland Cup
. They acted as a feeder team for the North Queensland Cowboys
. The Cowboys had previously entered reserve grade teams in the Australian Rugby League
and Super League
competitions. However, to prevent a drain on travelling expenses, the Cowboys applied to join the Queensland Cup
for the 1998 season. Competing as the Townsville Stingers
, the reserve grade team had some initial success before narrowly missing the finals. The team was excluded from the 1999 Queensland Cup season, and the Cowboys decided to enter their teams into the predominantly New South Wales
-based First Division for the 2000 and 2001 seasons. Readmitted to the Queensland Cup in 2002, the Young Guns (as they were then known) would win the competition in 2005 with a 36-6 win against defending premiers Burleigh Bears
in the grand final.
The Stingers/Young Guns record in the Queensland Cup is 67 wins, 5 draws and 38 losses.
2007 - final Queensland Cup season
Their 2007 coach was Matt Parish, replacing Mick Crawley for the season. They narrowly won the Minor Premiers Trophy by beating the Dolphins
by 2 points in a match in last round of the regular season at Dairy Farmers Stadium on 18 August. The regular season had a tight finish as usual: the teams below the Dolphins
, the Tweed Heads Seagulls
and the Ipswich Jets
all finished 3 points below the Young Guns.
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