Border League flourishes
BORDER Rugby League president Steve McEvoy is upbeat about the 2011 season, with six clubs confirming their participation in the competition.
Since last season, Tenterfield has moved to Group 19 in New South Wales, Wallangarra club has been reformed and a new club, the Rebels, formed in Warwick taking the number of clubs in the league to six.
McEvoy said there was no truth in the rumour Tenterfield would return to the Border League.
“I saw the Tenterfield coach a few days ago and he said they had a trial game planned at Ballina,” McEvoy said.
“Wallangarra has had 24 players at training, all locals.
“There were 16 volunteers at a working bee at the grounds.
“The Rebels are incorporated and are travelling okay and will host the annual round-robin at Eastern Suburbs grounds in Warwick on March 26.”
The fixture season will start on April 2. The draw is still being finalised as Border officials endeavour to program some games with Warwick and District Junior Rugby League matches.
McEvoy said he expected all clubs except Wallangarra to field A-grade sides.
“Wallangarra will play reserve grade and the other five clubs hope to field teams in reserve grade,” he said.
A-grade coaches: Stanthorpe – John Hendry; Rebels – Leon Close; Killarney – Tony Bryant: Texas – Jason Edmondstone; Inglewood – Matt Gainey; Wallangarra res – Alan Sanders.