JUST OUT OF REACH: The Burnett Heads Cutters have lost their appeal to be put into the Bundaberg Rugby League.
JUST OUT OF REACH: The Burnett Heads Cutters have lost their appeal to be put into the Bundaberg Rugby League. Paul Donaldson BUN140517NDRL8

Cutters don't make cut for BRL

LEAGUE: The Burnett Heads Cutters have failed in their attempt to join the Bundaberg Rugby League next season.

The NewsMail can reveal the Queensland Rugby League Central Division rejected an appeal from the club this week.

The club applied to join the BRL in reserves next season after playing in the Northern Districts Rugby League since 2015.

The club was also going to field junior teams in the Bundaberg Junior Rugby League.

"In allowing them to change an independent tribunal had to find if it was viable enough for it to happen,” QRL central division manager Glenn Ottaway said.

"In the end the evidence didn't make it a viable option.”

The main factor behind the rejection came from the potential junior program.

The team would need to field under-6, U7 and U8 sides but only had three new players registered that were not currently registered to other BRL clubs.

Ottaway said clubs coming in couldn't take players away from other clubs.

Other reasons for the failed appeal included the unanimous rejection from the BRL's existing clubs for and the impact the loss of the club would have on the NDRL.

The community impact on the seaside village was also considered.

Burnett Heads now has a decision to make.

They can either appeal further to the Queensland Rugby League to enter the BRL or head back to the NDRL for 2018.

Northern Districts Rugby League chairman Neil Redfern said there was nothing to comment on, the decision was out of their hands and it was up to the Cutters and the QRL.

Redfern said the NDRL would have the Cutters back but could only deal with the issue when it became a reality.

If the club comes back to the NDRL it would increase the competition to six teams for the first time since 2016.

The Cutters were contacted by the NewsMail but were unavailable to provide comment.



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