Deadline day for district league clubs
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
TODAY is deadline day for the three Gladstone District Rugby League clubs ? Wallabys, Tannum Sands and Valleys ? in their last-ditch bid to be part of the 2006 CQ Extended League competition.
The three clubs have until close of business today (5pm), to submit their criteria to the QRL Central Division office in Rockhampton.
Once each club's criteria has been handed in, the decision on the makeup of the 2006 competition will be made according to division manager Rex Zeeman.
'We cannot wait any longer on the make-up of next year's competition, the final make-up will be known on Friday after the criteria asked for by the Central Division is submitted by the three Gladstone clubs,' Zeeman said.
Wallabys' acceptance is reliant on them showing evidence of having signed a minimum of 25 under-19 players of suitable standard.
The acceptance of both Tannum Sands and Valleys is dependent upon the two clubs providing evidence of signing a minimum of four imported players of a suitable A grade quality.
Zeeman expressed there are no excuses for the clubs not to get their submissions in on time.
'The three clubs know what criteria they have to meet, that is a matter of record,' he said.
'The deadline is today, there are no exceptions.
'We are already behind the eightball for next year, the clubs are crying out for draws and we just cannot wait any longer.'
Zeeman added he had heard plenty of positive feedback from the Gladstone District Rugby League regarding the three clubs in question and was hopeful all three could each meet their criteria.
'As a division we want to have a strong competition in all grades, we do not want to see the forfeits and floggings we did last season.
'That is why the criteria is in place.
'We have been hearing positive reports about how the three Gladstone clubs are going, we will know for sure on Friday afternoon,' he said.
Tannum Sands and Wallabys action. The two clubs along with Valleys will know after they submit their criteria today whether they are going to form part of the league in 2006