Carina War Cry
He Lives in the Valley
Where the Green Grass Grows
There’s a mean Old Mother
And he wears no Clothes
He swings through the trees With the ball in his hand
He’s a mean Old Mother He’s a Carina Man
Who are Who are Who are We
We Are the Boys from Carina Leagues
Did We Did We Did We Win
We put it in – How did we do it – EASY.
Carina JRLFC History
A group led by Jack Donnelly registered the Easts Carina JRLFC, midway through the 1958 season. In that first year, two teams (Under 14 and Under 16) played in an unofficial capacity against whichever sides had byes.
Easts Carina was officially recognised in 1959, and their two teams played their first fixtures. The first Committee was established and consisted of Jack Donnelly (President), Norm Moore (Secretary), Garth Midgley (Treasurer), Bruce Broomfield, Dale Coogan, Tom Cooper and Leo Hyman.
1960 saw Easts Carina represented in three age groups (Under 14, 15 and 17).
The club advanced to four teams in 1961. The club Emblem of a Panther’s head between goalposts was initiated by Dale Coogan.
The club was able to play fixtures in its own home ground in 1962, situated on the Allan Ramsey Oval, adjacent to the Carina Bowls Club. Dressing sheds and a canteen were built in August 1962, to replace the tents which were originally used as dressing sheds.
1966 and 1967
Easts Carina grew in size and strength in the 1966 and 1967 seasons
The club’s new ground, the Leo Williams Field (the site of the club’s main field today), was established in 1968 with the dressing sheds and canteen situated under the old Chadwick Hall.
The club’s second oval, the Ted Johns Field, was opened in 1972
A new clubhouse was built and the first tour to Souths in Mackay occurred in 1973.
In 1979 the club changed its emblem from the Panther to the Tiger.
On June 22, 1996 Hon. Terry Mackenroth MP officiated the opening of the current dressing sheds and the erection of the Media box on top of the grandstand.
The 2004 season saw the beginning of our partnership with the Brisbane Broncos NRL club, with first Paul Green and now Michael Devere being employed as Development Managers for the club.
The existing grandstand and media box were replaced.
The club’s second oval, the Ted Johns Field, was upgraded in 2007 so games could be played on it.
The club celebrated its 50th year in 2008 culminating with a 50th Anniversary dinner where a team of the past 50 years was named and presented.
The Carina Old Boys Association was formed in 2012 with its clubhouse situated next to the junior clubhouse.
The 2013 season saw a total of 33 teams across 15 grades and proudly, 4 premiership graded teams from U6 teams right through to Opens and Womens
The 2015 Season saw a total of 32 Junior Teams across 12 Grades consisting of 5 Premiership Grades. Senior Teams were U20, Open Premiers and Southside 2, A Grade and Women’s.
2016 – 35 Junior Teams consisting of 5 Premiership Grade Teams. 4 Senior Teams, A Grade, Premier Grade, Southside 2 and Senior Women’s. Chairman’s Trophy Winners, U11 Premier, U13 Premier and U14 Division 3. 8 Players represented SEQ and 1 Player represented Australia.
The club celebrated its 60th Jubilee with a dinner at Shangri-La Gardens. The club changed its emblem to a Panther and Tiger.
The 2017 Season was the start of Registrations and Payments becoming online only.
Demolition of our 1973 Clubhouse started on Monday 18th September in preparation for a new clubhouse.
On the field, we saw 31 Junior Teams consisting of 5 Premiership Grades and 3 Senior Teams being Open Premier Grade, Open Southside 2 and Senior Women Division 2.
The club was handed the keys to the new Kev Buckmaster Clubhouse on Friday 2nd March, 2018. Peter Phillips from the Carina Leagues Club officiated the opening on Saturday, 23rd June.
The club fielded 33 Junior Teams consisting of 4 Premier Grade Teams and 2 Senior Men Teams being Open Reserve Grade and Open Southside 2.
The Dressing Sheds received a fresh coat of paint this season. The club fielded 15 Mini Teams, 9 Mod Teams and 7 Junior International Teams consisting of 3 Division 1 Teams. And also fielded 4 Senior Teams consisting of Reserve Grade, Southside 1, Southside 2 and a Senior Women’s Division 2 Team.
The club hosted the U12 Schoolboys State Championships and the U14-U18 Schoolgirls State Championships.
In 2020, the club’s season started in July and ended in October due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It fielded 29 junior and four senior teams, with the Under 13 Division 1 team winning their grand final. The club’s Souths Mackay Tour, NRL Grand Final Tour, and Sports Luncheon were all cancelled due to the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic continued to. Despite a few short lockdowns, we finished the season on October 2nd. The Under 18 Division 2 team emerged victorious in their grand final. The club was proud to field 28 junior teams and five senior teams, including BRL Under 20’s, A Grade, Reserve Grade, Senior Women, and Open Southside 2.
Intense rainfall caused riverbanks to break, roads to overflow, and sporting fields submerged, including our Ted Johns Field, which was out of action for most of the year because of the Queensland floods in 2022.
Despite the staggering 887 millimetres of rainfall in February, the club was determined to kick off the season with 18 mini-mod teams, nine junior international teams, and six senior teams ranging from Under 6 through to BRL A Grade and a Senior Women’s team. We also celebrated the 50th and final year of the Carina & Souths Mackay Tour with mixed emotions.
The club mourned the passing of Norm Moore, founding Secretary and Registrar, who had been involved with the club from its inception in 1959 and still sat on the Carina Management Committee in 2022.
2023 was a smooth season, and the club was proud to field 27 junior teams and five senior teams.
The club recognised the need to address the state of cyber security in Australia, as we fell victim to a cyber-attack like many others. We took action by building a new website and upgrading our scoreboard.
Irrigation was installed behind the groundsman shed and boxing shed to prevent further flooding of the Leo Williams Oval after heavy rain, and a gym was built next to the Ted Johns Field.
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