Clubs knock back draft NRRRL draw for 2006
By TONY WHITE
PROBLEMS continue for the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League (NRRRL) draw for 2006.
Last month NRRRL officials released a blue print for the 13team, 2006 competition, but several anomalies resulted in the draw being rejected by club delegates.
The major objection came from Clarence Valley clubs, South Grafton Rebels and Grafton Ghosts, who were only scheduled to play each other once, thereby both clubs missing out on vital gate takings for the traditional local derby.
"We are still trying to accommodate the three Clarence Valley clubs (including Lower Clarence Magpies) to play each other on a home and away basis," NRRRL secretary Doug Harrison said.
"Because there is one side (Tweed Coast Raiders) not fielding a first grade team and travelling, it creates problems.
"We're trying to satisfy everyone's needs."
Harrison was hopeful the new draw would be finalised within two weeks.
Last year's inaugural NRRRL premiers Seagulls have returned to the Queensland competition forcing a further revisal of the 2006 draw.
Persistent rumours from up north suggest Tweed Coast Raiders are struggling to field an Under-18 team for this season which could further complicate matters.
Much discussion took place last season surrounding the club's entry into the NRRRL without a first grade team, the NRRRL deciding to support the club in the hope they would be able to field a first grade side by 2007. Last season Tweed Coast fielded only reserve grade and Under-18 sides.
Under an agreement with the NRRRL they must field a senior and Under-18 team to remain in the competition.