Seagulls appeal for Bundy league
WHERE the Hervey Bay Seagulls ply their rugby league trade in 2010 should be decided within the next 10 days.
The club’s appeal to the Fraser Coast Rugby League to be allowed to continue playing in the Bundaberg Rugby League competition, which kicks off in March, will be heard next week.
The uncertainty arose after the Fraser Coast Rugby League unveiled plans to set up an under 18 rugby league in the region this year, with hopes high that a Seagulls team would be fielded in the competition.
The Seagulls under 18 team had played in the Bundaberg league in tandem with the Seagulls A-grade team which has played in the Bundaberg competition for the past 25 years.
However, at the club’s annual meeting the Seagulls membership opted to stay with the Bundaberg competition.
When they applied to the committee of the Fraser Coast Rugby League to do so, they were turned down last month.
They immediately lodged the appeal.
Steve Crawford, last year’s Seagulls A grade coach, said the club had received a lot of letters of support from its sponsors and was confident of getting “the right result” for the club at the appeal.
“At the end of the day it comes down to where the Seagulls want to be playing,” he said.
To play in any competition outside the region, the Seagulls had to apply annually to the Fraser Coast Rugby league.
Fraser Coast Taipans, Burrum Miners, Maryborough Wallaroos and Maryborough Brothers make up the Fraser Coast competition.
The Taipans do not field an under 18 side and the addition of the Seagulls was seen as a preferred component of the proposed new under 18 league.
Fraser Coast president Maria Brown said the league had been under the impression that the Seagulls wanted to join the Friday night competition and that the addition of the side would make it a “true local competition”.