United backs away from legal challenge

By STEVE SPINKS sport@northernstar.com.au THE Northern United Rugby League Club has backed away from its threats of taking the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League to court after failing to gain admission to the Northern League.

At the NRRRL annual general meeting last month, Northern United were refused entry into the 2008 competition by a clear majority vote.

It was the second time the club had applied for entry.After being told of the decision there were threats by United representatives of taking the NRRRL to court to force their hand.

However, after cooling down over a couple of weeks, Northern United chief executive officer Ian Watson said it would be just a waste of money. He said the club was now preparing to hold a couple of league carnivals next year and will re-apply for entry at the NRRRL's next AGM.

NRRRL president Robin Harley welcomed Northern United's decision.

"I'm happy to hear that because we didn't want anything to turn acrimonious," he said.

"I'm pretty confident that if they had taken the opportunity to play second division last season they would have probably been in.

"We're sympathetic to their cause."

How United can convince the clubs to let them join the competition in 2009 remains a mystery. There will be no second division competition next season so that avenue has been shut.

"They just have to maintain their interest and whack in an application again next year," Harley said.

United have plans to hold a Sevens competition in the pre-season with some handsome prizemoney.

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