Wallangarra to give lift to comp
ALL going well there will be six teams in next season's Border Rugby League (BRL) competition.
That is the gut feeling of BRL chairman Steve McEvoy after a community meeting in Wallangarra on Monday night.
The meeting was held to gauge community interest in reviving the Wallangarra Rams rugby league team with the view of entering the BRL competition next season, McEvoy said.
“There was a good turn-out for the meeting and the feedback and vibe in favour of fielding a team in next year's competition was very positive,” he said.
“Although there was no positive commitment, the community was very keen to push on, with further discussions to form a board of administrators for a future Rams club.
“The BRL believes the most important step in getting a Wallangarra rugby league team back on the paddock lies with the creation of an administration board and securing the services of a number of key individuals to sit on the board.
“Once there is a board in place and a coach, players will flow back into the club.”
The BRL competition took a hit earlier this month when Tenterfield pulled out to rejoin the New South Wales Group 19 league for the 2011 season.
“The loss of Tenterfield to the Group 19 competition was disappointing, but with the Warwick Rebels joining the BRL next year and
Wallangarra back in the competition after almost 10 years, we are looking forward to a great 2011,” McEvoy said.
He stressed both teams would have to formalise the incorporation and registration of their clubs, but they would have the full support of the BRL.
“If the new clubs are struggling with things like jerseys, and the playing fields are not ready, the BRL will lend a hand and we will even schedule early season games away from home until the fields are ready,” McEvoy said.
The BRL believes Wallangarra will find enough players to run onto the park next season.
“There are players from the town itself and we are confident there will be interest from players from Tenterfield which is just down the road,” McEvoy said.
“Now that Tenterfield has made the step up in divisions there will be players from the area that can't commit to the higher level of training expected or invest the time for extra travel.
“The BRL is a tough but social competition, so players won't be dropped if they miss a training session; and because we play on a Saturdays it gives the players more time to recover for work on Monday.”
McEvoy said the BRL would assist both potential new teams in any way and allow them right up until the start of the season to be ready to go.