Second division back on the table
By STEVE SPINKS
SECOND division rugby league could be up and running again next season if the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League has its way.
NRRRL president Robin Harley has been heartened by the response to re-form the second tier of local league, which in its most recent form was called the Saturday Cup.
The competition fell into disarray in 2004 when referees refused to officiate at Wardell games because of alleged abuse from the players and from the crowd.
Group One, which administered the game locally before joining Group 18 to become the NRRRL, banned Wardell from the competition.
That left second division with only three teams ? Evans Head, Lennox Head and Tabulam ? so the competition was disbanded.
Harley asked for expressions of interest a few months ago from prospective teams with the idea of re-starting the Saturday Cup.
Already Lennox Head, Evans Head and Tabulam have said they are willing to play, while Coraki and a Hastings Point/Kingscliff team have registered an interest.
"We'd certainly like to lock in the comp before Christmas," Harley said.
"If not then, by early January, but all interested parties have to commit to the competition."
Meanwhile, Harley should find out today whether he will be the next NSW Country Rugby League president.
The CRL will hold its annual general meeting at Tamworth over the weekend and Harley has run against incumbent Warren Kimberley, of Taree.
But the Kyogle-based league administrator doesn't rate his chances of claiming the top spot.
"Like I said before, I'd be busted if I get it," Harley chuckled.
"But the reaction has been good and even people who I didn't think would support me have told me it's a good thing."