2022 is the year of 2s and with it the QFA Division 1 HART Sport Cup welcomes two new clubs into the fray when games get under way on April 2.
The HART Sport Cup expands to eight teams this season with the addition of the Moreton Bay Lions and Wynnum Vikings, whilst Aspley will has stepped out of the competition in line with their club’s entry into the QAFL.
The Lions bring a nice form line into the competition having won three flags in a row while the Vikings also come in fresh off a finals berth and will no doubt to be keen to give themselves every opportunity to play finals again in 2022.
QFA Competition Manager, Josh Rhodes said the addition of two new teams brought an air of excitement for the 2022 season.
“We are delighted to welcome HART Sport back for another year as major sponsor, as they have been such great supporters of Queensland footy for a long time,” he said.
“Anytime there’s new teams entering a competition it brings a sense of freshness and anticipation and there’s certainly some preseason buzz about the comp this year.
“The HART Sport Cup was easily the most evenly balanced senior men’s competition across the state last year, and from the hype surrounding this year we can expect much of the same in 2022.”
Springwood will be flying their Premiership Flag high in Round Two at their first home game against Wynnum.
While the 2021 title has been run and won, runners-up Caloundra will be chomping at the bit to get another crack at the Pumas and that opportunity presents itself in Round Five on their home turf.
ANZAC Round will once again feature a host of traditional matchups with Beenleigh hosting Springwood, Coorparoo taking on Mayne, UQ going head to head with Caloundra and the two newcomers Wynnum and Moreton Bay meeting for the first time.
Fast forward to Sir Doug Nicholls Round, which will once again be played over two rounds, and with it brings what could arguably be the showcase round event across the state, when Springwood hosts Beenleigh in Round Seven.
As part of the state-wide Pride Round, Caloundra vs. UQ on July 16 (Round 14), is a match to etch into the calendar early.
The finals series will begin on August 13/14 before the season concludes on the first Saturday in September when the best two teams vie for the title of Premier.2022 QFA Division 1 HART Sport Cup Fixture