Clubs to play by rules
INDISCRETIONS by Texas Terries and Killarney Cutters rugby league clubs during the final round of fixtures this year meant both clubs had appointments with the Border Rugby League Disciplinary Tribunal.
Texas faced charges of not enforcing rules and adhering to BRL by-laws, while Killarney was charged with playing unregistered players in its last fixture game of 2010.
Border Rugby League chairman Steve McEvoy said he was disappointed the clubs had acted the way they did.
“We all have rules to play under, and for some reason some individuals believe they are above the rules,” McEvoy said.
“The BRL can't and won't tolerate it. We have an obligation to all clubs to ensure everyone abides by the rules that the clubs agree to play under.
“It is important for clubs and their supporters to realise that the BRL has a role to play and it is up to the clubs to ensure that the people they entrust to represent them understand their roles and responsibilities.
“My biggest disappointment is for the honest hard workers in the clubs who do the right thing and their hard work is being destroyed by a couple of individuals.”
While the tribunal found the clubs guilty of the charges laid, it also took into consideration that the actions of a couple of individuals should not affect the efforts of the majority of the club members, especially the clubs with new executives, and a heavy warning was issued.
“We want the young/new committees to keep at it and stay involved and work with us,” McEvoy said.
“We need to continue to educate the new executives on their roles, and a great opportunity exists with the QRL annual conference at the Gold Coast next February.
“Unfortunately the Border League clubs have a poor record of attendance at the conference, with only the BRL executives in attend- ance this season. Hopefully that will change next season.”
The BRL disciplinary committee handed down the following sentence: Texas deducted four points (suspended for 12 months) for the start of the 2011 season. Killarney deducted six points (four of those points suspended for 12 months), and fined $500 ($300 – suspended for 12 months for the start of the 2011 season.
McEvoy said after a tough year for the Killarney club in 2010, they now start the 2011 season behind the eight ball.