Townsville is known for its large University and Army populations and the rivalry that exists between the two groups. In an effort to strengthen the bonds between the University and Army communities, James Cook University and the Australian Army’s North Queensland Contingent carry out an annual event called " The Battle of the Icons".
The Battle of the Icons event sees multiple sports contested between the two groups over one big day of competition. The event culminates with the prestigious Chancellor’s and Commander’s Cup rugby union matches. The Men's and Women's rugby matches always prove to be a show of amazing talent and the fierce rivalry between the two entities. The Rugby Union is usually the decider to who wins the ultimate bragging rights as the more dominant organisation each year.
The competition began in 2001 with a men's Rugby Union match and over time, more sports have been added to the event including women’s rugby, men’s basketball, women’s netball, men’s and women’s soccer and mixed Touch football.
The event is a great way to highlight some of the talented up and coming athletes of the Townsville community and emphasises the importance for both organisations on living active lifestyles and community participation through sport. Local media attention is given to the event and many prominent community members attend the games to spectate and barrack for their respective teams.
This year, teams have started training earlier, brought in more experienced coaches and have put some serious time into preparing the teams for battle. 2019 Battle of the Icons is shaping up to be the most exciting tournament yet.
Battle of the Icons event schedule - Friday 20th September 2019
Basketball (Men's) - 1:00pm- Townsville Basketball Stadium, Murray Sporting complex.
Netball (Women's) - 2:00pm- Townsville Basketball Stadium, Murray Sporting complex.
Soccer (Women's) - 3:30pm - JCU Joe Baker field
Soccer (Men's) - 4:30pm- JCU Joe Baker field
Touch football (mixed)- 5:30pm - JCU Joe Baker field
Commander's Cup Rugby Union 7's (Women's) - 6:30pm- JCU Joe Baker Field
Chancellor's Cup Rugby Union (Men's) - 7:00pm - JCU Joe Baker Field
The JCU Joe Baker Canteen and bar will be fully stocked with drinks and snacks provided by the JCU Rugby Union Club and meals will be available from the food van on site from 3pm. There will be half time entertainment for the main games and plenty of prizes and giveaways throughout the event.
JCU students & staff, Army personnel, their family and friends and the general public are invited to attend and we urge you to wear your team supporter gear where you can, and be ready to cheer on your team! We hope to see a great turn out for all the games and some fierce competition throughout the day.