Lucky clubs are set to profit
CLUBS that host Country Week games benefit from not only the added exposure of hosting Intrust Super Cup games but the coffers earn a much-needed boost.
It is the type of event that could set clubs up for years, which would allow committees to plan future work.
Crucially O’Connor said QRL “takes no revenue” from the day.
Some clubs, like Charters Towers Miners, are already well into advanced talks with clubs.
It is understood the Miners are negotiating with Intrust Super Cup newcomer Townsville Blackhawks and similarly the Northern Pride and Mackay Cutters hold their own discussions with local clubs.
The rest of the games, particularly those that involve Brisbane-based clubs, are usually decided by QRL.
O’Connor admitted that while some clubs negotiate with QRL teams, it can be easier for clubs to approach QRL directly with a plan.
“The best bet is for clubs to come straight to me with a two to four-page proposal,” O’Connor said.
“In that proposal you’d cover the club, the venue, what the community is like, the club’s capacity to host a game and ideas of how it will be marketed.
“They also need to be able to say how they would leverage the commercial opportunity and how they would use revenue to help the club.
“Short and sweet works best, so long as it gives a good idea of what the community can do.”
CHA-CHING: Clubs keep all revenue raised on game day to put towards club development.