Kevin Hill.
Kevin Hill.

CRL rejects new club application

COUNTRY Rugby League regional manager Kevin Hill admits disharmony in the Casino community played a part in the decision to reject a new junior club in the town.

The CRL on Thursday turned down an application from the Casino and Districts Junior Rugby League Football Club to enter Group One Juniors next season.

The move takes the decision out of the hands of club delegates to the Group One Juniors annual general meeting at the Casino RSM Club on November 28.

"We acted quickly because of the disharmony that the issue was creating in the Casino community," Hill said.

"We looked at the junior registration numbers over the past five years.

"There simply wasn't enough numbers to justify another club in the area at this time."

The decision was made by the CRL boundaries committee, which met and voted on the proposal from Greg Brown, the president of the new junior club.

Brown declined to comment when contacted by The Northern Star yesterday.

"He was obviously disappointed when we spoke to him," Hill said.

"He is looking at his options and is considering taking it further.

"The CRL has recommended against it because board decisions are final."

CRL chief executive officer Terry Quinn has notified Group One Juniors of the decision and said Casino RSM Junior Rugby League would be the only club in the town next season.



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