History and Profile
Tweed Heads Seagulls Rugby League Football Club (RLFC) was established in 1908. The first team was formed in 1909 and entered the Tweed District Rugby Union Competition until Rugby League was later introduced into the Tweed region.
In 1922 Tweed Heads Seagulls won their first ever Premiership in the Rugby League Competition. The success of the club continued with a number of winning seasons in the competition including 1939 and 1940.
The 1960s and 70s saw many accomplishments for the now established club including: a stellar sling of seasons as undefeated Premiers, the purchase of the Club’s first piece of land and the completion and opening of the first ever Tweed Heads Seagulls Club House.
The 1980s and 90s saw the Club receive the opportunity to represent Australia and the sport in the United States as well as touring Papua New Guinea, purchasing their second piece of land on Piggabeen Road, converting The Gold Coast Giants into the Gold Coast Seagulls and entering the Winfield Cup Competition to become the Gold Coast’s first professional Rugby League team.
Some of Rugby League’s finest players have played in the black and white butcher stripes for Seagulls over the years including Wally Lewis, Henry Horace, Barry Muir, Col Hayes, Henry Kafoa and Elwyn Walters.
The late 90s in to the new millennium were a tough time for the Club. Seagulls were accepted into the Queensland Cup in 2003. In 2007, Seagulls were premiers in both the Queensland Cup and Colts competition. That year, the Gold Coast became home to its first National Rugby League Team; the Gold Coast Titans.
Queensland Cup / Intrust Super Cup
Tweed Heads Seagulls are participants in the Queensland Cup, also known as Intrust Super Cup, competition. The foundation of our success in this competition is due to our faith and commitment of our talented juniors. The Cup team plays 24 games per season, not including the final series.
The Intrust Super Cup is one of the most premier rugby league competitions in Australia. There are 14 competing clubs in the competition which covers the major Queensland areas including Cairns, Mackay, Townsville, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast and outer suburbs of Brisbane and the only International team Papua New Guinea.
Many clubs participating in the Intrust Super Cup feed into the National Rugby League (NRL). Tweed Heads Seagulls RLFC is a proud ‘feeder’ club to the Gold Coast Titans. This feeder club agreement can result in players from the NRL coming back to play in the Intrust Super Cup and players from the Intrust Super Cup being moved up to play in the NRL. This arrangement has allowed for many now NRL players to have their start in the competition. Tweed Heads Seagulls has provided many players to the NRL including, David Mead, Ryan James, Cody Nelson, Tom Kingston, Dominique Peyroux, Will Mathews, Kayne Lawton and Ben Ridge. Luke O’Dwyer, Michael Gordon and Jeremy Smith played in the foundation Queensland Cup team. The founding idea of the feeder club arrangement is to ensure the quality of the Intrust Super Cup competition is of a very high standard as a second tier to the NRL.
The Intrust Super Cup provides great exposure for its participating clubs, players and associated with televised matches, television replays and radio broadcasts. Please see the next page for more information.
The state wide Colts competition is classified as an under 20s team. Our Colts side act as a development side for the Gold Coast Titans under 20s. As a part of the feeder club agreement we have players who are moved backwards and forwards between the Titans’ National Youth Competition (NYC) side and our Colts team. The Colts play 22 games per season, not including the final series.
Our under 18s team is the first step for juniors to play against men an is a development squad for our colts. The under 18s competition is a Queensland state wide competition featuring 15 clubs competing for the title in a quick fire seven round competition followed by knockout semi-finals and a gran final.
The A Grade side is essentially the feeder team for the Queensland cup squad. The A Grade team plays in the Gold Coast competition.
Feeder Club to The Gold Coast Titans
Tweed Heads Seagulls RLFC is a proud NRL affiliate feeder club to the Gold Coast Titans NRL Club which means that we are the only official regulated pathway for players in the local region to get into the NRL system. The Gold Coast Titans put their trust in The Seagulls to nurture, develop and grow their players who are working to breakthrough into the Titans team.
Seagulls Rugby League Participation Pyramid
Seagulls provides pathways for players from the local region into the NRL system. The above Participation Pyramid shows the pathways for clubs from Northern Rivers & Gold Coast Rugby League and Tweed Byron & Gold Coast JRL into the Seagulls and from Seagulls into the NRL and onto State of Origin or Country representation.