Maryborough Wallaroos and Hervey Bay Seagulls will leave the Bundaberg Rugby League premiership next year to play the fraser coast. Photo: RON BURGIN
Maryborough Wallaroos and Hervey Bay Seagulls will leave the Bundaberg Rugby League premiership next year to play the fraser coast. Photo: RON BURGIN

Roos bouncing away

BUNDABERG Rugby League will be reduced to five teams next season after Maryborough Wallaroos and Hervey Bay Seagulls announced they would pull out of the competition next year.

The premiership-winning Wallaroos will not defend their 2009 crown after deciding to join the Fraser Coast Rugby League competition next season, league president Mal Breen confirmed yesterday.

Breen said Hervey Bay Seagulls had also informed the league they would not compete in the premiership next year.

“It's a shame because (Wallaroos president) Dan Sommerfield was a real asset to Bundaberg Rugby League and a great guy to deal with,” he said.

“But it will be a strong five-team competition next year.”

While Breen was disappointed to see the departure of the champions, he said some Bundaberg clubs may benefit from the move, with some Wallaroos and Seagulls players likely to return to the local premiership.

“The competition on the Fraser Coast is more or less second-tier and a lot of those players will want to prove themselves against more elite competition,” Breen said.

It also leaves questions about the future of Wallaroos coach Colin Scott, with the former Queensland Origin great uncertain about his status with the club.

He said he would meet with Maryborough officials to discuss his future.



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