Taking on the NRL
By STEVE SPINKS
LISMORE'S chance of hosting a trial match involving a National Rugby League club in February next year is in the balance.
Lismore is one of seven country centres offered the chance to host an NRL team, which would take on the best of the local boys in what are being dubbed Community Carnival games.
But some country rugby league clubs have baulked at the idea, fearing it will cost too much money to stage.
Already, a match has been swapped from Wagga Wagga to Cootamundra because of a lack of interest from Wagga.
Northern Rivers officials are keen to run the pre-season trial, which would see an NRL team most likely take on the Tweed Seagulls Queensland Cup side.
For the past two seasons, Ballina and Lismore have held hugely popular NRL trials.
Both games have attracted more than 8000 people to Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, and Oakes Oval, Lismore, to watch Parramatta take on Cronulla.
However, if the Country Rugby League can't lock in all seven country centres the whole concept may be in jeopardy.
A final decision should be made in the next six weeks.