The Tabulam Turtle Divers after having taken out the grand final last year
The Tabulam Turtle Divers after having taken out the grand final last year

League 2nds take a dive

By STEVE SPINKS

TABULAM Rugby League Club manager Ernest Hickling should be looking forward to the 2005 Saturday Cup Group One Second Division season.

After all, the Turtle Divers should be chasing a 20th straight grand final berth as well as defending their Saturday Cup title.

But sadly, Second Division rugby league has gone into recess this year because of a lack of teams.

"It's going to be a sad old year up here, I tell you," Hickling said.

"The boys are so into their football ... they just love it.

"We're going to try and encourage the boys to go into Casino RSM or down to South Grafton (first division teams)."

There is also some thought that a few players may head up the range to play with Tenterfield.

Second division has gone into recess because there were only three teams nominated to play this season ? Tabulam, Evans Head and Lennox Head.

Wardell was unable to enter a team after Group One referees banned their members from officiating the Magpies for one season after a number of unsavoury incidents.

This will be the first time a Second Division competition has not run on the Far North Coast since 1954.

Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League president Robin Harley has stressed that at this stage the competition is only in recess.

"We just didn't have enough teams," he said.

"There was some interest for another team from Casino, and Coraki expressed interest, but neither of them were willing to meet the conditions we set.



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