The Grafton Rhinos could be in danger of never running onto McKittrick Park again if Monday night’s special meeting fails to resolve some serious issues.
The Grafton Rhinos could be in danger of never running onto McKittrick Park again if Monday night’s special meeting fails to resolve some serious issues.

One club town?

GRAFTON'S historic Rhinos Rugby League club is under threat of collapse if a crisis meeting next Monday fails to "clarify the club's future direction."

Country Rugby League's Regional Area Manager Kevin Hill and Northern Rivers Region Rugby League President Brian Rix will attend the special meeting next Monday, January 30, from 7pm at the South Grafton Services Club.

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"The purpose of the meeting is to see if there is any interest within the local community to fill any or all executive positions of the club," Hill said.

Hill recently met with the executive of the Grafton City Rhinos Club, where President Tony Stackhouse expressed genuine concerns regarding the club's current situation.

Stackhouse highlighted a number of factors which need to be immediately addressed at the special meeting for the club to continue:

  • The lack of current committee members
  • The poor commitment level of players from recent seasons regarding re-signing
  • A serious downturn in sponsorship support.

Hill is hoping some enthusiastic supporters and potential sponsors from the South Grafton community may come forward at next week's meeting to ensure the long term future of one of the games longest serving country clubs.

"Since the club became known as the Grafton City Rhinos, there have been numerous positives to emerge for rugby league in the area," Hill said.

"Firstly, the club has been able to remain very competitive in one of the country rugby league's largest and most competitive leagues, whilst paying back a substantial debt to CRL, which was inherited by the current committee, from the historical South Grafton Rebels Club.

"Secondly the Grafton City Rhinos Club has been directly involved in the securing of $120,000 worth of improvements to their home ground & community based playing facility.

"This is not to mention the enormous local impact, interest and crowd support that has been generated in the NRRRL competition, by having three very competitive clubs based in the Clarence Valley area over the last four years."

Both the CRL and NRRRL management teams have pledged as much administration support as may be required to assist any new members that are interested in becoming involved in a revitalised Grafton City Rhinos committee for 2012.

The Daily Examiner also understands the South Grafton Rebels junior rugby league club is also struggling to attract board members.




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