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Brothers Confraternity Shield

Started in 1980, the Confraternity Shield is a major schoolboy rugby league competition in Queensland.

Here St Brendan’s I captain Kyle Burkhardt is congratulated on their 2009 Confraternity Shield victory by QISSRL president and Shalom College captain Dan McMahon.

Community Development Grants

Brothers Cairns provides $60,000 in sporting equipment grants to local organisations like Gordonvale Netball Association, Yarrabah PCYC and FNQ Cerebal Palsy Support Group.

Brothers Leagues Clubs

Brothers Leagues Clubs are the premier licensed clubs in Queensland. Varied dining and entertainment options are found in our Clubs and well as providing employment in regional centres.

Junior Development

Gold Coast Titans help coach junior Mustangs Brothers as part of a holiday development program.

Mustangs are one of the newer clubs in the Brothers community and are building new sporting facilities in the Logan area.

Sport in your Local Community

Brothers supports sports like bowls, netball, hockey in local communities.

Brothers Ipswich are building a new international standard cricket ground; here they take a wicket on their old ground.

Welcome from our President

With some 7,134 registered Rugby League players, Brothers Clubs play an important role in developing our next generation of young Australians. We are closely knit organisation fostering junior and senior sporting clubs in local communities throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory. Whether it be sport, recreation, or entertainment there's a Brothers Club that's right for you.

There are thirty-five Brothers Clubs in Queensland. Each Club is independently run and caters to the needs of the local community. Make a difference - join your local Brothers Club!

Brian Roberts, President, Confraternity of Brothers Clubs

North Queensland Cowboys

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have forged a partnership with the Confraternity of Brothers Clubs Inc. that will see the club strengthen its bond with 48 junior and senior football clubs, Leagues Clubs and "Old Boys" across Queensland and the Northern Territory.

The partnership was ratified at the Brothers Confraternity's biannual conference in Rockhampton last weekend, with Cowboys General Manager of Football Dean Lance addressing delegates on the depth of the club's current development program and the benefits of combining forces.

The three-year agreement will include coaching and financial support from the Cowboys, including assistance with fundraising, participation in development clinics and the donation of Cowboys medals to each of the junior clubs for their presentation days.

NQ Cowboys Dean Lance with Brothers Confraternity Brian RobertsThe Brothers Confraternity is a close-knit organisation covering clubs in the major and regional centres of Queensland, and north to Darwin. Brothers clubs across the regions had 6,469 registered players in 2009, including over 5,200 juniors, spread across 34 junior and senior football clubs, eight leagues clubs, two 'Old Boys' clubs and four development areas.

"We see the Cowboys-Brothers partnership as a very positive and mutually beneficial association, one that will have terrific results for both partners and for rugby league in Queensland and the Northern Territory overall," Dean Lance said. "Cowboys Willie Tonga and Antonio Kaufusi are products of the Brothers club system, and we look forward to seeing the new talent that comes through and hopefully becomes part of the NRL." Confraternity of Brothers Chairman Brian Roberts is pleased to be on board with the Cowboys from season 2010.

"This association with the Cowboys will give great credence to Brothers' goals for rugby league development, plus the young players can see the opportunity to be involved not only with Brothers but with the Cowboys at the top level," Roberts said. "We've always been impressed with the level of professionalism in the Cowboys management - it's something we at Brothers would like to think we do better than other clubs in Queensland so there are great parallels there."

Confraternity Carnival

The Confraternity Carnival is an annual Schoolboys' Rugby League competition conducted by the Queensland Independent Secondary Schools' Rugby League (Q.I.S.S.R.L) and sponsored by Brothers Confraternity.. The Carnival has been in existence since 1980 and in that time has developed a reputation as one of the most formidable schoolboy rugby league competitions in Australia

The Carnival is played each year in a different city in Queensland and the competition is for the Open or Firsts team from each school. Teams take a squad of 20 players to the Carnival.
From humble beginnings in 1980 with just six teams, the Carnival now boasts 40 teams. Playing in five divisions; Confraternity Shield, Bob Lindner Trophy, Confraternity Plate, Bowl and Cup. The reputation has grown each year as a result of a history of near perfect administration following the path and ideals of the Christian Brothers. Their aims for the education and character building of young men have been reflected in this competition where an atmosphere of sportsmanship, respect, and fellowship prevails. Both administrators and players share these experiences.

The leadership, skill, and dedication of coaches, the sacrifices and co-operation of parents combine to create a special spirit among the players who unashamedly compete to win or lose with dignity and manliness. It is an honour to play in the Confraternity Carnival!

Visit the Confraternity Carnival Website.