Former NRL player Preston Campbell gave the inaugural Frank Fisher Cup a big thumbs up! The Preston Campbell Foundation was one of the major sponsors of the event

Aunty Lillian Gray presented the Frank Fisher Cup to the captain of the Wide Bay Stingrays, Joshua Tanner

Aunty Lil with South Burnett Rugby League president David Tierney

March 15, 2020

The Queensland Rugby League plans to make the Frank Fisher Cup an annual event alternating every year between different towns and Cherbourg.

Central Division chairman Danny McGuire, speaking during the finals held at Cherbourg last weekend, said he expected next year’s event would be held in Toowoomba.

It could then return to Cherbourg, before being offered to Rockhampton.

Indigenous teams from the four corners of the Central Division – Sunshine Coast Bunyas, Wide Bay Stingrays, Central Queensland Barramundis and South West Emus – contested the inaugural competition which was named in honour of legendary Cherbourg footballer Frank Fisher.

Frank’s daughter, Cherbourg Elder Aunty Lillian Gray, presented the trophy to the winning team, the Wide Bay Stingrays (see scores, below).

Aunty Lillian said she was very proud of her father, who outside Cherbourg is probably best known as Cathy Freeman’s grandfather.

“He was born in 1904 and was sent here with his two brothers and his mum and dad,” she said.

Frank fathered 15 children and played rugby league into his 50s.

“It’s great to see all these young people still interested in rugby league. It’s the greatest game of all!” Aunty Lillian said.

The weekend of league kicked off with an Under 16s game between a combined Cherbourg / Murgon team and the Kingaroy Red Ants (see separate report).

Also unveiled on Saturday was the Queensland Rugby League’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which was explained to players by the chairman of the QRL’s Indigenous Advisory Committee, Edward Monaei.

Barramundis’ captain Brandon Kemp, a great-grandson of Frank Fisher, accepted the Frank Fisher Plate trophy
Barramundis’ Emilio Munns received the Arnold Murray Player Of The Frank Fisher Plate Final trophy
Wide Bay Stingrays’ Joshua Tanner received the Frank Malone Player Of The Frank Fisher Cup Final trophy from Frank Malone
Emilo Munns was presented with the Warren Collins Most Valuable Player of the Carnival trophy by former Cherbourg CEO Warren Collins

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After the finals were played … TOP: Wide Bay Stingrays (red) and Sunshine Coast Bunyas (blue)  BOTTOM: Central Queensland Barramundis (blue) and South West Emus  (black)

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Frank “Bigshot” Fisher (Photo: Vock Collection)


  • Sunshine Coast Bunyas 22 def. South West Emus 16

Bunyas tries: Ezekiel Thompson, Jai Turnbull, David Oakes and Errol Simpson. Oakes kicked three goals.
Emus tries: Phil Waters, Keith Walsh and Richard Conlon. Lewis Hopkins kicked two goals.

  • Wide Bay Stingrays 22 def. Central Queensland Barramundis 18

Stingrays tries: Tyson Whaleboat (2), Barwoo Fisher and Steven Langton. Josh Tanner kicked three goals.
Barramundis tries: Robert Freeman, Dan Randall and Jason Field. Emilio Munns kicked two conversions and a penalty goal.


  • Frank Fisher Plate Final – Central Queensland Barramundis 28 def. South West Emus 12

Barramundis tries: Gabriel Hansen (2), Kyle Solomon, William Munns and Dan Randall. Emilio Munns kicked three goals, and Jason Field, one.
Emus tries: Gavin Hazel and Brayden Law. Jacob Lingwoodock kicked two goals.

  • Frank Fisher Cup Final – Wide Bay Stingrays 18 def. Sunshine Coast Bunyas 10

Wide Bay tries: Steven Langton, Josiah Alberts, Nicholas Tanner and Barwoo Fisher. Elwyn Fewquandie kicked one goal.
Sunshine Coast tries: Errol Simpson and Jai Turnbull. David Oakes kicked one goal.

Plate Final referees … Daniel Cobbo, Les Raveneau and Scott Prendergast
Cup final referees … Scott Kapernick, Phil Roberts and Andrew Dascombe

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