Hervey Bay Seagulls Rugby League Club president Steve Crawford is determined to see his club playing in the Bundaberg Rugby League competition next year.
Hervey Bay Seagulls Rugby League Club president Steve Crawford is determined to see his club playing in the Bundaberg Rugby League competition next year.

Bundy bid rejected by officials

STEVE Crawford wants something that not even the big man in the red suit can deliver.

The Hervey Bay Seagulls Rugby League Club president wants to see his team tackle life in to the Bundaberg Rugby League competition next year, something they’ve done for 25 years.

But they might have played their last game in the competition if Fraser Coast Rugby League officials have their way.

Fraser Coast Rugby League officials want the Hervey Bay Seagulls to play in their own Friday night competition and they’ve rejected the Seagulls application to play in Bundaberg.

To play in a competition outside of the region, a club must apply to the Fraser Coast Rugby League for clearance but the votes went against Seagulls, a club that won the Bundaberg premiership in 2001 when former Parramatta, Canterbury, NSW and Australian representative Dean Pay was captain/coach.

Despite the knock back, Crawford and his officials are not giving up on their bid to play in Bundy again – far from it.

They have appealed the decision to Wide Bay Rugby League and they won’t stop there if that avenue fails.

Crawford, who coached the A grade team last season, said they will continue the fight all the way to the top of the game if need be.

“We want to play in Bundaberg because we feel that is the better standard of competition and that’s what our players want – to play in the best competition,” Crawford said.

“We are not about to give up on playing in Bundy just because Fraser Coast have said no to it.

“If Wide Bay says no as well then we’ll go to Queensland Rugby League – we won’t stop trying I can tell you.

“The club has such a long and proud history of playing in the Bundy competition and we have no intention of that tradition coming to an end.”

Crawford said he hoped to hear the result of their appeal early in the new year.

Fraser Coast Rugby League president Maria Brown said it was a shame that the situation had come to this.

“Our aim is to have a true Fraser Coast competition, one that includes a team from Hervey Bay,” Brown said.

“The Friday night competition is going from strength to strength and will continue to do so now that Wallaroos, the Bundaberg Rugby League premiers from last season have come into the fold.

“We hope that Seagulls become a part of it but it’s really a game of wait and see what happens at the moment.

“I don’t know what grounds Seagulls are appealing on.”

“We want to play in Bundaberg because we feel that is the better standard of competition and that’s what our players want – to play in the best competition.”



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