New era for Gremlins
Rugby League: After holding the top job in Stanthorpe Junior Rugby League for several years, Lindsay Adams has taken on a whole new role.
With support from outgoing president David Ball, Adams has aided in streamlining rugby league in Stanthorpe.
Seniors and juniors have amalgamated to all fall under the one banner.
Adams has been elevated into the presidency role to oversee the whole operation.
"So officially what happens now, because the committee has been formed, we submit paperwork to the Office of Fair Trading,” Adams said.
"As soon as we get the go-ahead from them, the club will officially become Stanthorpe Rugby League Incorporated.
"Then we just go about operating as one from this point on. The amalgamation has been talked about for probably about three years. It has been a fair effort to get to this point.”
Joining Adams in executive and committee roles are Chris Haynes (vice-president), Tara Hills (treasurer), Lyn Spencer and Nicola Cobon as secretaries, while Paul Shatte, Mick Mahoney, David Fleming, Kelly Karena and Gary Skimmings make up the other positions.
They're still searching for a second vice-president, Adams said.
While it's all changed behind the scenes, things on the field will remain the same.
"The senior side will remain in the TRL while juniors continue in the Warwick and District competition. Hopefully with the new committee we can help nurture under-18s through into TRL C-grade.” Adams said.
"Our long-term dream in a couple years would be to have two senior teams plus the U18s.
"The goal should be over the next couple years, two to five years, to have a B-grade and C-grade at minimum.
"That'll put pressure on TRL to put the U18s in, which we've been denied this year.”
The new president said he was looking forward to the year ahead.
"I'm pretty comfortable. There's a lot of really good people on the committee and some I've worked with through the juniors.”
With Stanthorpe Rugby League celebrating 100 years in 2019, Adams said it promised to be an exciting year for the club and new leadership.