League power play

By STEVE SPINKS sport@northernstar.com.au

THE power of NSW Country Rugby League could be based in Kyogle if Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League president, Robin Harley, has his way.

The long-time local administrator has been nominated for the position of president of the CRL with the decision to be made at the annual general meeting at Tamworth next month.

While Harley is happy to be nominated for president, he's not particularly optimistic of his chances to actually capture the position.

"Look, to be honest I don't think it will happen," he said.

"I'm running against Warren Kimberley (Taree), who is the returning president."

Harley's reason for running is simple.

"I think there is a perception by everyone, including the NRL (National Rugby League), that we (CRL) are run by a bunch of old men," he said.

"It's fairly true and I think it's time some younger people get in there."

If he does become the figure head of the CRL it would signal a 'triple crown' of bush footy appointments.

Harley is president of Group One and the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League.

The former Kyogle player will be looking to be reappointed as president of the NRRRL at its annual general meeting at the Lismore Workers Club on Monday night at 7 o'clock.

Besides the appointment of returning officers, the AGM will also see some debate surrounding the possibility of Tugun joining the competition.

Tugun was part of the old Gold Coast-Group 18 premiership but was forced to play in Brisbane's Mixwell Cup last season following a directive from the Queensland Rugby League that they wanted all Queensland teams playing in Queensland-based competitions.

The Gold Coast-Group 18 was run by the CRL.

It seems unlikely that the QRL would relent on their directive but Tugun is working hard to ensure it can join the NRRRL.

Seahawks officials will address the AGM.

It is also expected that the proposed reinvention of the old Group One Second Division competition will be discussed.

Already Lennox Head, Evans Head and Tabulam have indicated their interest.

The viability of the Tweed Coast Raiders, who only fielded Under-18s and reserve grade in last year's competition, will also be discussed.

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