Our league with no name
By STEVE SPINKS
LOCAL rugby league is suffering an identity crisis.
It used to be Group One.
Now it's the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League.
However, it will soon be abbreviated to the Northern League.
It seems that local power-brokers are confused as to what to call the newly merged Group 1 and Group 18 competition.
They can't use the word 'Super' because it's been done to death with Super 12s, Super League, Super 8s cricket and so on.
It can't be the Winfield Cup or the Benson and Hedges Series, because of the ban on tobacco sponsorship.
It shouldn't be the Northern Rugby League as the abbreviation will be the NRL and that is an obvious clash with the National Rugby League.
So what could it be?
In an unprecedented step, Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League president Robin Harley is looking for help from local league fans.
"We'd like to invite people to submit what they think the new logo should be," he said.
"The Northern Rivers side is called the Bulls, but we could change that."
According to Harley, the new logo will be used in all advertising and letterheads.
He has also suggested that the Northern League could be re-named if an appropriate name was forwarded.
So let's go Northern Rivers league fans.
Put your heads together and come up with a name and logo for the new competition.
Submissions can be sent to:
The Northern Star
PO Box 423
Lismore 2480 or email to email@example.com.