Fullback Steve Braudzinski in action for Hervey Bay Seagulls against Bundaberg Wests.
Fullback Steve Braudzinski in action for Hervey Bay Seagulls against Bundaberg Wests. RON BURGIN

Gulls to learn of fate today

Bundaberg Rugby League and Hervey Bay Seagulls officials face an anxious wait today as a Wide Bay Rugby League panel decides whether the club returns to the rum city for the coming season.

Representatives from the Seagulls and Fraser Coast Rugby League will meet at the Wide Bay office in Hervey Bay at 2pm today.

They will be trying to resolve a stand-off over the club’s eligibility to play in the Bundaberg Rugby League next season.

Hervey Bay president Steven Crawford has expressed his desire to return to Bundaberg next season and play in the top-tier competition.

But Fraser Coast Rugby League blocked the move, with president Maria Brown saying the club would play in the area’s Friday night competition with Maryborough Wallaroos.

“We are determined to play in Bundaberg again this year and we’ll be doing everything to make that happen,” Crawford told Fraser Coast Chronicle this week.

“Just because we’ve been knocked back once it doesn’t mean we are out for the count. Far from it.”

Bundaberg Rugby League president Mal Breen said his organisation would throw its support behind Hervey Bay’s bid.

Wide Bay Rugby League co-ordinator John Brignall said both sides would have a chance to voice their arguments at today’s closed meeting.

“The mediators will make a decision based on what’s in the best interest of rugby league on the whole, not just one side or the other,” he said.



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