Lincoln to lead districts


A STEP up to the top job was the natural progression for new Northern Districts Rugby League (NDRL) president Tim Lincoln.

Lincoln occupied the role of caretaker secretary in 2005, and said he was looking forward to steering the competition through an even better season.

"I'm very happy to be elected as chairman, and I can't wait to guide the league through 2006 along with the executive committee,'' Lincoln said.

Lincoln, also one of the league's top referees, took the reins at a special general meeting on the weekend when former registrar Deborah Royan also took on the position of secretary and Beryl Adams was returned as treasurer.

The new chief said one of the blights on all sport that was currently in the spotlight was racism.

But with an extensive background in refereeing, Lincoln said he was sick and tired of the abuse hurled at officials, players and spectators alike.

"This season there is going to be a zero tolerance policy on any racism or any other type of abuse across the league,'' he said.

"We want to eradicate it before it raises its ugly head.

"(The committee) is not going to put up with it one bit.''

Despite the fact a vast majority of the teams in the competition have already begun pre-season training, dates of fixtures and even the grand final have yet to be finalised.

However, Lincoln said "a number of clubs were going to look very seriously at competing in the pre-season tournament'', which will bring together teams from the Bundaberg Rugby League and the NDRL in an exciting format.

"The pre-season stuff will be finalised at the Wide Bay meeting this Saturday and we will revolve our fixtures around that but at this stage round one will possibly be the week before Easter,'' Lincoln said.

"But from what I have heard, a lot of the sides have prepared well and I'm pretty sure it will be a much stronger competition than last year.

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