Beaudesert / Kingfishers Rugby league Football Club

  1940 / 50’s – Local League

Teams from Beaudesert (Blues), Canungra, Rathdowney, Boonah, Beenleigh, Colts RLFC, Waterloo RLFC, Christmas Creek and Tancred Tigers played in a local competition, competing for the ‘Ambulance Cup’ premiership.

1960’s – Fassifern League

After a void of two years and with the demise of the Ambulance Cup Competition, in 1962 a meeting of interested parties was called to meet at the Grand Hotel in Beaudesert to reform the Beaudesert Rugby League Football Club and from that meeting Beaudesert joined Boonah, Rathdowney and Peak Crossing to affiliate with the Fassifern District Rugby League and participated in that competition until 1970. The Club also financed and supported a Ladies Basketball Team competing in a Fassifern League

1970 to 1974 – Brisbane ‘Church’ League

In 1970 the Beaudesert RLFC affiliated with the Brisbane Sub District competition known as the Brisbane Church League and participated in that competition up until 1974.

The ‘Club’ make up at this time consisted of the Senior League Committee with sub committees in the Junior League, Touch Football, Basketball and a Ladies Committee.

In early 1970 the Beaudesert RLFC purchased 2.6 hectares of land in Peterson Street Beaudesert with the intention of building a sporting complex on the site accommodating Rugby League, Cricket and Netball (then known as Basketball).

Competition games continued to be played at the Beaudesert Showground’s up until 1972 when the first official game of Rugby League was played at the Club’s Peterson Street complex. The old farmhouse on the Peterson Street site was converted into a club house with a cold room, bar facilities and two large pool tables. The front entrance to the Clubhouse was where the single access gate in Peterson Street is currently positioned.

A small bessa block building containing a Ladies and Gents toilet with a single shower in the men’s section, stood near the current fields light power pole. Also the site of the old laundry situated behind where the PA box now stands was converted into canteen facilities with the Referees change room being under the old tank stand and surrounded by hessian bags.

In 1973 the Kingfisher emblem was put forward to the club by Lloyd Venz and endorsed as its official emblem.

Fundraising for a future licensed Leagues Club was commenced in these years with responsibility for that project being carried out over the next 5 years through the BRLFC Committee and its sub committees of Junior League, Ladies, Treble and 100’s club committees.

1975 – Brisbane Commercial League

The Beaudesert RLFC affiliated with the Brisbane’s Sub District Commercial League, this being a higher standard of competition than the Brisbane Church League.

1976 – Gold Coast League

The Beaudesert RLFC affiliated with the newly formed Gold Coast District Rugby League and was one of the main instigators in the formation of that league. It consisted of teams from Beaudesert, Beenleigh, Burleigh, Surfers Paradise and Nerang. At this time the coast teams except for Nerang broke away from the NSW Group 18 to participate in the new Gold Coast league.

Also in 1978 the Tugun Club affiliated with this League followed by Runaway Bay Club in 1979 making the Gold Coast Rugby League one of the strongest Rugby League competitions in Southern Queensland.


The Peterson Street complex was officially names the ‘R S Willis Park’ in recognition of the long time contribution to the game of Rugby League in the Beaudesert District by Ron Willis.


The Beaudesert RLFC secured a loan through the local branch of the National Bank for the building of a licensed League’s Club.


On the 13th of September 1980 the Leagues Club, built by Franklin Brothers, was officially opened by Geoff Tancred of Tancred Brothers Meatworks who was a long time supporter and Patron.

1989 – Gold Coast / Group 18 League

The Beaudesert RLFC along with the other Gold Coast league teams affiliated with the newly formed Gold Coast / Group 18 competition under the control of the Australian Rugby League. This League comprised of the 16 clubs from Mullumbimby in the South to Beenleigh in the north.


The old club house and toilet block were demolished and a stand alone modern canteen and player change room facilities were constructed by Franklin Brothers.

1999 to 2003 – Ipswich League

The Beaudesert RLFC affiliated with the Ipswich District Rugby League and in 2003 The Beaudesert RLFC incorporates as the Kingfisher RLFC Inc.

2004 to 2006 – Gold Coast league

The Kingfisher RLFC affiliates with the re-established Gold Coast District Rugby League and competed in that competition until 2006.

2009 – Gold Coast league

With no senior teams being entered in 2007 and 2008 the Club has a whole worked towards re-establishing a presences in the competition and with support from a dedicated group of ‘Old Boys’ senior teams in all grades were entered and competing.

Also in this year the Beaudesert Senior Rugby League approached the Beaudesert Junior Rugby League to conduct and manage the Senior Competition. The Beaudesert Senior Rugby League committee was disbanded and the management of the Senior Competition was carried out by the Junior Rugby League club with support from the ‘Old Boys’.  


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