Townsville is known for its University and Army populations. To strengthen the bond between these two groups, James Cook University and the Australian Army’s 3rd Brigade carry out an annual three day event in which multiple sports are contested. The games culminate with the Chancellor’s and Commander’s Cup rugby union matches.
The competition started back in 2001 with rugby union as the curtain raiser to the British Lions versus the Queensland Presidents XV. The game was a success and the format has grown ever since.
Over time, extra sports have been added to the schedule including women’s rugby, men’s basketball, women’s netball, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s AFL.
The event is a great way to highlight some of the talented athletes of both organisations and the emphasis both organisations put on living active lifestyles and participation through sport. Local media attention is given to the event and many community members attend the games to spectate.
The event brings together the two groups in a positive, friendly atmosphere but still with fierce competition.
This year, JCU is hoping to retain the women’s rugby and netball trophies as well as aiming to win trophies in basketball, soccer, Australian rules football and men’s rugby.
The event will begin on September 14 at Townsville Stadium where basketball and netball will be played.
We invite you all to come watch all these games including the Chancellor’s and Commander’s Cup on Saturday September 16 at the Joe Baker Field.
For all general enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you throughout the event.