Seagulls stay in BRL after meeting
HERVEY Bay Seagulls are free to play in the 2010 Bundaberg Rugby League (BRL) competition after an appeal by the club was accepted by a Wide Bay Rugby Panel on Friday afternoon.
But the window remains open for Fraser Coast Rugby League to appeal this decision to the Central Queensland division if they choose to. BRL president Mal Breen attended the meeting, which stretched for more than three hours in Hervey Bay.
He provided a statement on behalf of the local association, backing the Seagulls to remain a fixture in Bundaberg this year.
As it stands, Hervey Bay will field teams in the Supa 11s and A-grade competition while all under-18 teams from Fraser Coast, Bundaberg, Gayndah and Mundubbera will play in combined competition run in the first half of the season.
“We saddled up for a couple of hours at least, it was not the smoothest of meetings,” Breen said.
“We had another meeting on Saturday in Gayndah that was pretty intense, but everybody is happy and it’s a good step forward into another big season.”
But Queensland Rugby League Wide Bay manager Dave Pearce was a little more wary.
“It’s all hunky-dory now, but Fraser Coast can appeal this decision if they want, we’re hoping it doesn’t come to that,” he said.
Wide Bay Rugby League president Danny McGuire was happy with the outcome of the meeting.
“We’re confident we have a proposal that both sides will agree to,” he said.