Queensland Rugby League and Sports Entertainment Network, ahead of Hostplus Cup kicking of this weekend, have partnered to bring rugby league fans Hostplus Cup games live on SEN in 2022.
Hostplus Cup is the premier men’s rugby league competition in Queensland and is the platform for many budding rugby league players, coaches and match officials to launch into their NRL careers.
The 2022 season will be the 27th year of the league’s existence, which now consists of 14 teams, including Papua New Guinea Hunters, who are based at the Gold Coast.
The quest to win the premiership will begin on Saturday, March 19, and the season consists of 20 home-and-away rounds plus finals.
Fans can tune into SENQ on DAB+ in Brisbane, 1620am SEN Gold Coast, and on the SEN app nationally to hear Hostplus Cup games in 2022.
SEN’s programming will be led by experienced NRL and rugby league commentator Mark Braybrook, with former Australian Rugby League footballers and Queensland State of Origin representatives Gary Belcher and Scott Sattler providing expert analysis.
SENQ has committed to broadcasting a minimum of one Hostplus Cup match per round and to airing a weekly one-hour Hostplus Cup show every Wednesday from 4pm until 5pm (AEST) starting from March 16.
The program will expose the state league’s brightest stars and hot topics.
SEN chief executive officer Craig Hutchison said he was thrilled the network was covering the illustrious Hostplus Cup.
“The Hostplus Cup competition is ingrained in the fabric of Queensland sporting culture and the state-based league is as popular as ever,” Hutchison said.
“I’m very proud that our organization will be delivering Queenslanders the local rugby league content they’ve been screaming out for.
“The Hostplus Cup competition brings so much opportunity to local league fans.
“And at SEN we look forward to working with the QRL and Hostplus to deliver for the fans. As Hostplus themselves remind us – more local Queensland content, that’s a plus.”
QRL chief executive officer Rohan Sawyer said the partnership would generate additional exposure for Queensland’s premier men’s competition.
“The Hostplus Cup is going from strength to strength each year, and a partnership with the largest syndicator of sports radio content across Australia will only further enhance the standing of this competition,” Sawyer said.
“It’s great to see additional commercial interest in broadcasting these games because a partner like SEN brings instant credibility for its work in covering national sports like the NRL, AFL, and cricket.
“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to enjoy match-day coverage, as well as the weekly show that will provide even more content for fans of our great game to enjoy.”
Round 1 of Hostplus Cup
SEN’s coverage of Hostplus Cup will begin on Saturday, March 19 on SEN Gold Coast 1620 and SENQ via the SEN app.
SEN is the largest syndicator of sports radio content across Australia. The business owns and operates 51 radio stations across Australia and New Zealand, including 1116 SEN Melbourne, 1170 SEN Sydney, 1629 SEN SA in Adelaide, as well as 15 stations under its racing brand SENTrack. It also owns a newspaper, magazine, and talent management business.