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Gold Coast Titans are an Australian professional
rugby league football team based on the Gold Coast
in Queensland. They are the newest team to compete
in Australasia's premier rugby league competition,
the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership.
The Titans commenced their inaugural season on
March 18, 2007, at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.
They are the second top-level rugby league club
to have been based on the Gold Coast, the first
being the ill-fated Gold Coast Giants/Seagulls/Chargers,
which existed from 1988 to 1998.
beginnings of the Gold Coast's bid to return to
the National Rugby League began when the Australian
Rugby League decided to remove the financially
successful Gold Coast Chargers from the National
Rugby League at the end of the 1998 Season. The
ARL wanted to have a second major team based out
of Brisbane and believed the best way to achieve
this was by removing the Gold Coast team from
the competition. The attempt to launch a second
Brisbane team failed and in 1999, Michael Searle,
former Gold Coast Chargers player and Managing
Director of International Sports Australia, formed
a Gold Coast Bid Team. The team included former
Chargers boss Paul Broughton and was labelled
as "The Gold Coast Consortium" by the
media. The board were constantly active in lobbying
the NRL to both expand the competition and consider
the Gold Coast’s bid for inclusion. They
were successful in organising pre-season NRL trial
matches to be hosted on the Gold Coast and with
average attendances of over 16,000, and peak attendances
topping 20,000, the popularity of rugby league
on the Coast was clear.
In 2004, during an episode of Nine Network's The
NRL Footy Show, the "Gold Coast Consortium"
announced their team name and jersey to the public
from the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition
Centre. Initially the team was to be named the
Gold Coast Dolphins, with the team colours to
be white, jade and orange. While the Dolphins
moniker was popular among many, the heavyweight
Brisbane Queensland Cup side the Redcliffe Dolphins
saw it as a threat for any prospect of entering
the NRL they had, and as a result threatened severe
legal action if the Gold Coast used the Dolphins
name. Midway through that year the National Rugby
League announced that after viewing submissions
from the Gold Coast Dolphins, the Central Coast
Bears and the Wellington Orcas, there would not
be a 16th team included in the 2006 NRL competition.
Reasons given to the Gold Coast was the National
Rugby Leagues concern over the quality and capacity
of their homeground, Carrara Stadium, which is
an oval and only seats 16,000 (although it has
been known to fit in 23,000 after minor redevelopment).
Although their bid was knocked back, the consortium
continued to push heavily in 2005 for a Gold Coast
NRL team, changing the entry year to 2007. The
Gold Coast received a massive boost when the Queensland
Government announced they would spend AUD$100
million on a new, 25,000-seat rectangular stadium
in Robina for the Gold Coast should they be accepted
into the 2007 competition. The stadium would not
be completed until early 2008 yet the promise
of a new first-class facility was enough for the
NRL to accept the Gold Coasts bid and on May 27,
2005, NRL CEO David Gallop announced that the
Gold Coast franchise would be the 16th team in
the 2007 NRL season.
In the time since the Gold Coast was admitted,
the Titans completed a vigorous recruitment drive,
they announced the signing of Sydney Roosters
assistant coach John Cartwright as the Titans
first head-coach and successfully signed contracts
with established players such as Dally M Medal
winner Preston Campbell, Queensland & Australian
representative Scott Prince, New South Wales &
Australian representative Luke Bailey and enticing
former league player Mat Rogers back from rugby
Frizelle's Automotive Group & Audi Centre
Gold Coast, a local car dealership, signed on
as the first major sponsorship partner for the
franchise, a deal signed for three years.
The Gold Coast Titans officially became the “Jetstar
Gold Coast Titans”, on the 20th September
2006, with the announcement of a five year multi-million
dollar naming rights sponsorship with Qantas owned
Later in 2006 Castlemaine Perkins, brewer of XXXX
beer, signed a five year sponsorship agreement
with the Titans. Under the XXXX Bitter brand,
Castlemaine Perkins is now a Platinum Sponsor
of the Titans.
Front of Jumper: Jetstar
Top of the back of jumper: Marina Quays
Bottom back of jumper: Australian Power and Gas
Sleeves: ABC Brick Sales
Front of shorts: Back of shorts: Harvey Norman
launch online betting agency
Gold Coast Titans are set to break new ground
in the NRL by entering into the lucrative corporate
bookmaking sector with the launch of Titansbet.com.au.
a bold new move for the Titans, the club-owned
Titansbet.com.au will begin operating today -
offering online betting on horse racing, sport
launch of Titansbet.com.au will make the Titans
the first ever professional sporting organisation
in Australia and the only club in the NRL to have
entered into the Northern Territory’s growing
corporate bookmaking market, which is expected
to turnover more than $4 billion this financial
will operate as a joint venture company with one
of Australia’s largest bookmakers, Betezy.
revenue stream created from the operation will
fund both the Titans rugby league club and it’s
charity arm, the Gold Coast Titans Community Foundation
- giving punters the satisfaction of knowing that
win or lose they are making a contribution to
the longevity of rugby league in south east Queensland
and to charity.
are also a large contributor to the racing and
sporting industries through taxes, tote betting
managing director Michael Searle said the launch
of Titansbet.com.au was an exciting step and an
opportunity the Club hs been working on for some
really excited to be able to launch this innovative
concept,’’ said Searle.
number of other clubs in the NRL rely on money
made from poker machines in their leagues clubs
but I believe the launch of Titansbet.com.au will
provide the Titans with an even greater platform
heading into the future.
have an opportunity to work with the Betezy on
a sophisticated model and feel this may be an
opportunity to get a foothold into the growing
gambling market within Australia for the benefit
of rugby league
Club’s brand strength and strong growth
in the market since our inception was an attractive
asset to this business venture and this concept
has been widely utilised in the United Kingdom.”
general manager Ryan Kay said the launch of Titansbet.com.au
was an innovative concept for both parties.
is the first white label service of its type in
Australian sport and it’s a very exciting
new venture,’’ said Kay.
whole website and white label is licensed by Betezy,
which is a licensed bookmaker in the Northern
will be able to bet with Titansbet.com.au 24 hours,
7 days a week online and on the telephone and
it’ll be just like their own personal account
with one of Australia’s leading operators.
see it being a major contributor of revenue for
the Titans. It means that clients and loyal fans
can basically bet with the Titans and the money
goes back to the club and to the community.
see it as a win-win for everyone.’’
also stressed that maintaining the integrity of
rugby league would be a major priority for Titansbet.com.au.
and Titansbet will be looking at integrity issues.
We will be working with the NRL and the Darwin
Gaming Commission to ensure there always is integrity
in the sport,’’ said Kay.
thing we are very resolute about is making sure
there is never any illegal activity in the sport
and we’ll work with the other bookmakers
to ensure that happens all the time.
will utilise the world’s leading bookmaking
software, which Betezy’s IT team have spent
six years and millions of dollars developing.
executive staff have a combined wealth of knowledge
in bookmaking, boasting over 100 years of combined
experience,’’ said Kay.
have combined this with a leading edge IT and
Development team to create Australia's most dynamic
and fastest growing Racing and Sports Book.
group today turns over more than $500 million
per year and in six years has become Australia's
third largest Horse Racing and Sport Group.’’
is licensed in the Northern Territory by the Northern
Territory Racing Commission to accept bets by
telephone and the Internet on Racing, Sports and
Man Australia does not represent the Gold Coast