The Gold Coast Titans are one of the newest teams to be introduced to the NRL. They were established in 2007, but this was not the beginning of the NRL on the Gold Coast. In fact, the history of the game in this area has been a complicated one to say the least.
Gold Coast Titans Information
Home Ground: Skilled Park
Colours: Blue, Gold, and White
Number of Premierships Won: 0
Number of Minor Premierships Won: 0
The Tweed Heads Seagulls were the first rugby league team to develop in the Gold Coast area. In 1988, the NSWRL granted a licence to the Gold Coast Tweed Giants, which was eventually taken over by the Tweed Heads Seagulls in 1990. This created the Gold Coast Seagulls. Despite strong recruitment and fan support, the team suffered from financial issues. The Seagulls dropped the Gold Coast team and the Australian Rugby League bought it up. The Gold Coast Chargers were formed.
This newly formed team was a huge success in the area. In fact, it went on to become the only club to record a profit during the tumultuous period that ensued after the onset of the Super League in 1995. Unfortunately for the Chargers, their success had dwindled by 1998 and the team was eventually removed from the competition. Thus began a decade long bid to bring an NRL team back to the Gold Coast.
In 2007, the plans were realized and the Gold Coast Titans played their debut match on 18 March 2007 against the St George Dragons in front of a crowd of more than 42,000. Despite a strong rally in the second half, they lost the game 20-18. Since that opening game, the team has developed into one of the strongest in the league, consistently finishing near the top of the ladder.
Emblem, Colours & Jerseys
The team entered into the NRL without a name due to legal concerns over their original idea of the ‘Dolphins’. After a radio competition, the team was dubbed the Gold Coast Titans on 21 September 2005. The team colours are blue, gold, and white. The team emblem is a golden titan behind two crossed swords with the team’s moniker across the front. The home jerseys are mostly blue – light blue across the shoulders and dark blue down the torso – with gold stripes down the sides. The shorts are white. The away jerseys are mostly white with a light blue leaf pattern across the front. The shorts are white.
In their inaugural season, the Gold Coast Titans played at Carrara Stadium on Nerang-Broadbeach Road. At the beginning of 2008, their new, bigger stadium called Skilled Park was completed and is now where the team plays all of their home games. It seats approximately 27,400 fans. They train in the ‘Centre of Excellence’, which is adjacent to the stadium. Fans of the football club can become a member, which affords plenty of benefits. This includes seating at all of the home fixtures as well as plenty of members-only perks such as a membership card, discount vouchers, and exclusive merchandise. Membership fees range from $185 to $606 per annum for adults. They also offer two family packages and junior packages.
Blade the Titan is the mascot for the Gold Coast team. He’s 280cm and 280kg of muscle and is known for his lethal shoulder charge.
Best Bet to Make
There are a few things to consider before putting down a wager on the Gold Coast Titans at Ladbrokes.com.au. As you might expect, a bet on the Titans in any regular season game on the home grounds is a smart bet that will likely pay out. However, it’s a little harder to call overall bets such as the Wooden Spoon and Minor Premiership. Though they’re a newer NRL team, the Gold Coast Titans have done consistently well since their establishment, finishing toward the middle of the top eight of the ladder each year. While this ensures their position in the NRL Finals, it makes winning those overall bets a long shot.