Seagulls have Bundy backing
THE HERVEY Bay Seagulls have a powerful ally to help them in their battle to play in the Bundaberg Rugby League competition.
Bundaberg Rugby League president Mal Breen has promised to support the Seagulls all the way in the club’s bid to return to the competition this season.
Fraser Coast Rugby League officials rejected Seagulls proposal to play in Bundaberg late last year because it wants the club to compete in its own Friday night competition.
That’s a move Seagulls don’t want to make with Hervey Bay president and former A grade coach Steve Crawford saying he and his players wanted to stay in the much stronger Bundaberg competition rather than playing in what they believe is a weaker one.
Seagulls will have their appeal heard by Wide Bay Rugby League officials later this week.
Breen said he would do everything he could to help Seagulls play in his competition again.
“The club should be able to do what it wants to do,” he said.
“If they want to play up here they should be allowed to and we want them for sure.
“They’ve been a part of our competition for such a long time now and we want that to continue for many years to come I can tell you.
“I also think that they have the players to give the premiership a real shake this year.”
Breen is so keen to have Seagulls back in the fold that he said he and his officials would do everything in their power to help with the appeal.
“Even if the appeal is unsuccessful, we would support Hervey Bay in an appeal to the Central Division or even Queensland Rugby League if we have to,” Breen said.
“But I’m hoping common sense will prevail and Seagulls are allowed to play where they want.”
Not surprisingly, Steve Crawford said he was delighted with the support his club was getting from those in the Rum City.
“I think it’s fantastic to be honest,” Crawford said.
“It’s a big boost to us to know that Mal and his team are behind us and are prepared to help us as much as they can.
“We are determined to play up there again this year and we’ll be doing everything to make that happen.
“Just because we’ve been knocked back once it doesn’t mean we are out for the count – far from it.
“If this appeal fails we’ll continue the battle.
“We won’t leave it there – no way.
“We’ll go as high as we can go to have our case heard.
“There is plenty more fight left in us yet.”
“If they want to play up here they should be allowed to and we want them for sure.”