Koalas welcome back

THE Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League (NRRRL) has held out the olive branch to the South Tweed Koalas and offered them the chance to re-join the competition in 2010.
At a club sign-on day on Sunday, South Tweed players elected to play in the Gold Coast Rugby League (GCRL) competition next year, effectively ending a bitter tug-of-war between the two leagues.
While NRRRL president Robin Harley has given South Tweed his blessing to cross the border next season, he wants them back here in 2010 and he is hoping that both Bilambil and Tweed Heads Seagulls will join them in a revised two-conference draw.
“It is important for everyone to know that we put that offer to them (South Tweed), to play in the Gold Coast Rugby League in 2009, but we also gave them the message that we’d like to include South Tweed, Bilambil and Tweed Heads Seagulls in our competition in 2010,” Harley said.
“They certainly seemed interested in that concept and under those guidelines none of them would have to travel any further than Ballina.”
Meantime, the NRRRL is getting on with the job of revising its draw for next season and is giving the clubs the options of playing in a north/south format or maintaining this year’s single conference format.
“We are going to get the clubs to look at the two-conference set-up, or the normal draw, and make a decision,” Harley said.
 “There was no great enthusiasm for the two-conference type draw and they may be happy with the old-style draw.
“But maybe they will still keep the two conferences as a way of looking after their money in these tough economic times.”
 The clubs will soon be emailed the two options and then have until the end of the month to decide.
 Newly admitted clubs Northern United would likely be admitted to the Northern conference, while Evans Head would join the Southern conference.


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