After winning a rugby league grand final, the North Queensland Cowboys have finally shaken off the label of being the Brisbane Broncos’ bridesmaids.
And to celebrate, the Cowboys are changing their name.
“When North Queensland joined the NRL 21 years ago, we wanted people to know that we were proud and independent,” said Cowboys board member Steven Boobrat.
“So we chose the name and colours of an American NFL team – the Dallas Cowboys.”
“After all, we didn’t want to be like Brisbane, who took the name and colours of the Denver Broncos.”
But with a uniquely Australian – and not at all American – premiership ring on their fingers, the North Queensland Cowboys are looking for a new, really, really distinctive name.
“Just like with the New Zealand flag, we’ve created a shortlist of four that people can choose from,” said Mr Boobrat.
“With any luck, a fifth choice will get added after a social media campaign.”
The shortlist of new names for the North Queensland Cowboys reflects the amazing diversity of North Queensland life.
North Queensland Irukandji
These jellyfish are unique to North Queensland (and some other places). They’re deadly up close but can also strike from out wide and long distances. And they can reel in even the most wayward pass.
North Queensland Stocklands
North Queenslanders love a good Stockland shopping centre. Stocklands are guaranteed to draw crowds and are the best way to get 50,000 people in the one spot in North Queensland. And as the saying goes: “Matt Scott, he’s built like a brick Stockland!”
A tip of the hat to former North Queensland great Matty Bowen. Plus a lot of southerners are allergic to them. One drawback would be moving the stadium to Bowen.
Ross River Fever
Come on, it’s catchy!!!!
Have your say. What should the North Queensland Cowboys change their name to?
The Tunnel are satire writers from Queensland.