League launches successfully
RAINBOW Dragons Abreast, the Men of League Foundation and the Grafton Ghosts were the big winners as the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League which launched its season in style at the Ballina RSL Club on Friday night.
On hand to accept the proceeds from the inaugural Ballina RSL Charity Shield pre-season competition were the Men of League national vice-president Jim Hall and Veda Dorrough.
Ghosts coach Col Speed was presented with the Charity Shield after his team’s win over Ballina Seagulls in the final.
Also in attendance were Gold Coast Titans coach John Cartwright and player David Mead, formerly of Lismore.
The night opened with a Welcome to Country by Aboriginal Elder Lewis Cook, followed by addresses from Jim Hall and Veda Dorrough.
The NRRRL’s Under-18 Northern Thunderbolts representative players were presented with their jerseys.
There was a talk by former England league player Mark Edmondson, and NRRRL president Robin Harley introduced the NRRRL coaches for the 2010 season. During his talk, Mr Hall, a former National Rugby League judiciary chairman, predicted that Melbourne Storm would survive the current salary cap scandal.
He pointed out that the Canterbury Bulldogs won a premiership two years after having their season’s points docked for breaching the salary cap.