Deadline ?fair? for Gladstone rugby league
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE decision to give the Gladstone District Rugby League until next Wednesday to decide whether it would go it alone or stick with the CQ Extended League format is a fair and reasonable one according to a Central Division spokesman.
Central Division chief executive Rex Zeeman yesterday said the GDRL had already been granted an extended deadline after having failed to lodge its plans for next season at last Saturday's board meeting in Rockhampton.
'(The deadline) was originally set for July 16 after both Rockhampton and Gladstone said, at our meeting on June 4, that they would report back to us by then,' Zeeman said.
'We thought six weeks was enough time and Rockhampton got back to us and said what they want to happen but Gladstone wanted longer.
'It's not as if we're only giving them 10 days and putting them on the spot ? we're not the bad boys here.' Zeeman said the main reason for the urgency with which the Central Division board is treating the matter is that Gladstone's decision, one way or the other, will affect other leagues.
He said the Rockhampton District Rugby League would need time to organise a new competition structure if the Extended League format fell by the wayside.
Zeeman said the Central Burnett competition would also be af-fected if a Calliope side was fielded in a new Gladstone premiership. The GDRL committee and Gladstone club officials are considering the return to a local format for next season in a bid to arrest dwindling crowd numbers and a dramatic fall in player availability.
GDRL officials were set to discuss their next move ahead of the impending deadline at a meeting at the Gladstone Leagues Club last night.