"That's right, the Saint on Castle Hill is there to support the JCU Rugby League Club!"
The club was established by Dr Joe Baker in 1961, entering a team in the senior Townsville Rugby League competition. It was 1970 before the club entered a 1st Grade team, in which they also fielded a reserve and under 20 team. In this historic year, they won all three premierships along with the club championship, the feat achieved despite all other clubs fielding four sides!
Over the years, the club's on field success has fluctuated, however, the off field experiences have always included a lot of good mates and memorable events. As any member of the 'Former Uni Greats' (FUGs) will tell you, this is what makes the Saints a special club.
The club is unique as it is the only Queensland Rugby League affiliated club with links to a tertiary institution. Opportunities to play with the club however have always extended beyond students, with many Townsville juniors and general members of the community playing, supporting, volunteering and sponsoring the club.
The club has a history of playing wonderful and exciting rugby league, evident from the many premierships they have won, however is also known far and wide for some of its members’ extracurricular activities. Residents and visitors alike never fail to notice, “The Saint” adorning the face of Castle Hill. This Townsville icon was first painted on Castle Hill in 1962 on Saint Patrick’s Day, by members of this grand old club.
We're excited to be starting a new chapter in the James Cook University Rugby League Club's great history!