SPLITTING UP: Tim McIntosh kicks for the Northern Force, which won't feature in next year's NDRL competition.
SPLITTING UP: Tim McIntosh kicks for the Northern Force, which won't feature in next year's NDRL competition. Mike Knott BUN180617NDRL4

NDRL clubs to go at it alone next year

THE Force won't be rising in the Northern Districts Rugby League next season.

The Agnes Water Marlins and Miriam Vale Magpies, who played as the Northern Force as a merged side this year, will play again as two separate clubs.

The merged side finished third after losing in the preliminary final to Gin Gin.

NDRL chairman Neil Redfern said the good news came after the recent annual general meeting.

"Both clubs have affiliated with the intention of standing alone," he said.

"The joint venture was enough to rekindle things."

The Magpies will be coached Mitch Brennan with Tim McIntosh returning to Agnes Water to coach the Marlins.

"They are not strangers at all and Tim is popular while Mitch is well known in the Magpies' area," Redfern said.

He also said there was no deadline for the two clubs to meet.

"We're hoping both clubs will generate enough players and very confident that they will," he said.

"We have another meeting in late January."

Newly appointed NDRL publicity officer Kym McIntosh said it was excellent news for the community.

"That was always the plan last year and both of the clubs' committees have been named," she said.

"It's great for the NDRL and especially for the community and that goes for any sport."

In other news, the competition is likely to start after Easter and be shortened from the 20-round format used this year.

The draw is expected to be available early next year.



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