Queensland State of Origin squad media conference at the Palmer Coolum Resort: Matt Gillett Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily
Queensland State of Origin squad media conference at the Palmer Coolum Resort: Matt Gillett Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily Brett Wortman

Maroons may dump Palmer Coolum Resort training base

SAY it ain't so, Mal.

First the region loses the Australian PGA Championship. Now Queensland Origin coach Mal Meninga has reiterated the Maroons may dump Palmer Coolum Resort as their annual training base.

Meninga said the QRL was looking to "freshen things up".

Queensland has used the resort as its base since 2008 - the third year of its unbroken seven-straight series triumphs.

"You've got to try and change things up every now and again," Meninga, who played his junior football on the Sunshine Coast, said.

"I went and had a look at Stradbroke a couple of years ago and there's still a chance we might go there as well, but we'll see what happens.

"You never stand still ... we've been here for a long, long time."

But even if Palmer Coolum Resort were to lose the Maroons, which would follow the loss of the PGA Championship in December, the team might remain in the region.

Meninga said Noosa Springs Golf and Spa was a potential host venue.

"It's pretty hard to beat Palmer Coolum Resort," Meninga said.

"It's got everything here.

"(But) we're looking at other venues around the place. We'll go have a look at that (Noosa Springs).

"We're always looking for something different."

Palmer Coolum Resort general manager Bill Schoch said the property was "110%" behind Queensland.

"We are part of their winning formula and are keen to continue in that role," he said.


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