Below the professional NRL, there are leagues that operate across Australasia and the second tier in Queensland is played across the state. This is a big region, two and a half times the size of Texas. It is also quite long so the logistics of running this league must involve quite some funding. There is also a team from Papua New Guinea adding to that.
So how did the 2017 season pan out? I've done my usual trick in assigning points to access how the 14 teams have done. For now we look at the bottom half.
14th & 3pts. Central Queensland Capras. Based in Rockhampton, they have been in the competition since its inception in 1996 but for this year came last, two places down on 2016.
13th & 4pts. Tweed Heads Seagulls. The team is in NSW, on the border with Queensland. It joined in 2003 but only managed second to last in 2017, the second year in that position.
12th & 5pts. Northern Pride. Cairns is the location of this team and it was founded in 2008. It's had some good years but the fell from 8th to 12th on last' year's effort so won't be remembered as one of them. Another representative team from the town called the Cyclones ran or the 1996 to 2000 seasons.
11th & 6pts. Northern Suburbs Devils (Norths). Based in the northern part of Brisbane, it was a founding club for the pan Queensland competition in 1996. This club has a proud history but has now finished 11th for two consecutive years.
10th & 7pts. Wynnum-Manly Seagulls. Another long standing Brisbane club, this one based in the east of the city. it also joined from the beginning of the state league but a second year of 7th is the best it can do presently.
9th & 8pts. Burleigh Heads Bears. Situated on the Gold Coast, the team came into this competition one year after its inception. It was the most successful team in 2016, but couldn't replicate that in 2017.
8th & 9pts. McKay Cutters. Unsurprisingly from McKay, which is about half way up the east coast of the state. Last in 2016, this year was an improvement. They joined in 2008.
Picture source: McKay Cutters.