Centrals Bulldogs

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About the Bulldogs

Our club has a long and highly regarded history. It was established in the 1950s by Kevin and Norma Crathern and moved to the current site at Trinity Beach in the 1980’s following a great deal of hard work by the Crathern family and volunteers. It remains very much a family club. We have a “ONE CLUB” approach where juniors, women , seniors and netball all work together. The club aspires to providing opportunities for all those wishing to play football and / or netball in a supportive way.

We also strive for success across all areas of the club. The club is supported by a strong and successful social club, the Trinity Beach Sports Club which has excellent facilities, (dining, sports bar, gaming, TAB and a large outdoor area). In the last 3 years the football club has significantly lifted its performance across all levels. The reserves have won a grand final and the senior team have been in the finals in each of the last 3 years. This team finished second on the ladder following the home and away season in 2017. We aim to continue on this success. Netball is in its second year with 140 girls playing. Womens and Junior footy are also doing very well.

The Lifestyle in Trinity Beach is a beach side suburb located just over 20kms from the Cairns CBD. It has a mix of residential and tourist facilities, with a laid back lifestyle. It is well served by a large shopping centre at Smithfield about a 5 minute drive away. The club and the social club is highly regarded by the local community. The football club enjoys excellent facilities with 2 ovals, modern change rooms and large separate club room with bar.


Cairns is one of the fastest growing regional areas in Queensland. Employment opportunities are similar to what one would expect in any large regional center with a population of around 170,000. These range from farming and trade to service employment. Some employment is seasonal whilst other jobs can depend on specific demand, for example building projects that are underway or about to commence. The club will assist, as far as possible, to help players get a job.

Bulldogs accommodation; There is usually good rental opportunities in the local area ranging from units to shared houses or even backpacker accommodation. In the main prices are lower than in capital cities or even those in regions in the Southern States. In the past accommodation has not normally been an issue for new players & family's.

Payment for players; In 2018 the Cairns AFL is introducing a salary cap for all competing clubs. This has only just been announced. This cap has been set at $60,000. This club, in the past, has had a tiered salary arrangement for all senior players competing in a home and away game. The board is currently reviewing arrangements for 2018 to ensure the club abides by this cap and at the same time rewards players. Details about player payments for 2018 will be available following this review
following this review.

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The Centrals Football Club current affiliation: Cairns Australian Football League (CAFL) since 1963
Formed: 1963 following a merger between the Centrals and Aloomba Football Clubs
Club Address: 1 Nautilus St, Trinity Beach, Queensland 
Home Ground: Trinity Beach Sporting Complex
Colours: Red, White and Blue
Emblem: Bulldogs

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