Switch-a-Roos to Friday night
THE MARYBOROUGH Wallaroos celebrated winning the premiership of the Bundaberg Rugby League competition earlier this year - but the talented side will not be returning to the competition to defend their title next year after deciding to join the Fraser Coast Rugby League competition, played on Friday nights in Maryborough.
The Hervey Bay Seagulls are also set to decide their future in the BRL at their annual general meeting this weekend and could be joining the Wallaroos in the Fraser Coast competition next year.
The deciding factor for the Wallaroos, club president Dan Sommerfeld said, was the decision to start an under-18s competition that will allow the young players of the Fraser Coast to play their league locally.
“Our decision was made on the back of the news that there would be an under-18s competition on the Fraser Coast,” he said.
Sommerfeld said that without the added bonus of the under-18s competition the Wallaroos probably would have fielded a side in the BRL next year but the opportunity to grow league on the Fraser Coast was simply too good to pass up.
He said that leaving the BRL after winning the A grade premiership was also an opportunity for the club to leave the competition on a high note.
“The BRL is still strong,” he said. “This is an opportunity for us on the Fraser Coast.”
The Wallaroos already field a side in the Fraser Coast competition - the side was runner-up to the Burrum Miners in the grand final of the competition this year - but they are set to be even stronger with a wealth of talent becoming available from the A grade and Supa 11s BRL sides.
Maryborough Brothers and the Fraser Coast Taipans are the two other sides that take part in the Fraser Coast competition.
Maria Brown, president of the Fraser Coast competition, said the move was an extremely positive one for the future of the sport in the area.
Brown is hoping four teams will compete in the under-18s competition next year - Wallaroos, Brothers, Burrum and Seagulls.
“Rovers will be fielding an under-18s side in the 2011 competition,” she said.
Brown has also had inquiries from Gayndah in relation to fielding a side in the Fraser Coast competition but said nothing had been decided yet.
An under-17s girls rugby league competition is also set to be played next year.