Queensland Rugby League Wide Bay Division official John Bignell will be watching the Hervey Bay Seagulls closely.
Queensland Rugby League Wide Bay Division official John Bignell will be watching the Hervey Bay Seagulls closely. Richard Harvey

Seagulls take off to Bundy

THE Hervey Bay Seagulls are free to play in the Bundaberg Rugby League competition once again but Big Brother will be watching them very closely.

Queensland Rugby League Wide Bay Division regional rugby co-ordinator, Maryborough’s John Bignell, will be one of the officials on their case.

Seagulls have been given the green light to play in the competition after winning their appeal to play in it – but with strict conditions.

One being that if the club forfeits two games in a row it will be curtains for them in the Rum City.

Seagulls had originally appealed to the Wide Bay Division after Fraser Coast Rugby League officials rejected their proposal to play in Bundaberg late last year because it wanted the club to compete in its own Friday night competition.

The verdict means Seagulls will field teams in A and reserve grade in Bundy while their under 18 team will contest a nine-team competition against teams from Maryborough and Bundaberg.

Bignell said the ball was now firmly in Seagulls’ court.

“They’ve got what they wanted and now they’ve got to prove that they have the numbers to play in Bundaberg,” Bignell said.

“It’s up to the players now to show they have the desire to play up there because it was them who said they wanted to play there.

“If they don’t, well, I don’t want to think about that scenario to be honest.

“Hopefully, we can all move on now a decision has been made and that everyone can now concentrate on playing football.”

But does the decision mean Seagulls can tackle life in Bundaberg not only this season, but also in the foreseeable future?

Bignell said he really couldn’t answer that.

“I’d say that if they do eventually introduce reserve grade in Fraser Coast competition then we would be inclined to make all teams from the region play in their region.

“We will just have to wait and see if that happens.”

As for the Seagulls, club official Teresa Williams said everyone was thrilled with the decision.

“It’s what we wanted and now we’ve got to show that it was worth fighting for,” Williams said.

“Our players are so excited to finally know where they playing and they cannot wait to get back into it. It’s full steam ahead for us and there’s no looking back.”



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