Sponsors scarce on eve of kick-off
By STEVE SPINKS
ONLY days before the new Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League (NRRL) competition kicks-off organisers are still looking for a major sponsor.
The new league, which will take in the old Group One and Gold Coast-Group 18 competitions, is seen as a positive step for the local game and has received widespread support ... except by a naming-rights sponsor.
"I guess I'm a little surprised," president of the NRRRL Robin Harley said.
"I thought there would be more interest, but I understand that the new competition doesn't suit a lot of companies' geographics."
Last year, Westlawn Finance sponsored the Group One competition.
However, they have not renewed their sponsorship deal.
"Obviously, we would like to sign a sponsor for a three-year period," Harley said.
"We want the relationship to be beneficial to us and them."
But don't think the lack of the sponsorship dollar will stall the new league.
"Basically, it just means the clubs have to pay for more," Harley said.
"If we have sponsorship it makes it easier for the clubs."
Before Westlawn Finance sponsored Group One, the Byron Bay Beach Hotel was the naming rights sponsor for five years.