Extended League may be reshaped
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
TOMORROW shapes as a big day for the structure of rugby league in Central Queensland with a meeting to decide on the format for the CQ Extended League in 2006.
The five GDRL clubs voted at a meeting on Wednesday night to support a nine-team, reduced nine-round competition for next season.
This view differs up the Bruce Highway with the Rockhampton Rugby League who have voted for a new-look eight-team, 10-round competition.
Tomorrow's Queensland Rugby League Central Division meeting will see a vote to decide which structure to adopt.
If the Rockhampton format is adopted, then the GDRL will need to return to their clubs and vote whether they support or reject the eight-10 structure.
That would then place one, if not two, GDRL clubs in danger of folding or merging as nine does not fit into eight.
If the Gladstone format is adopted, then the structure would most likely not be accepted by the Rockhampton rugby league.
GDRL secretary Peter White believes tomorrow will be a big day and added that a final solution may not be reached for a couple of weeks.
'There are two proposals up for CQ rugby league to decide on, the GDRL view is nine teams, nine rounds and Rockhampton's is eight teams, 10 rounds,' White said.
'Even though a directive on the new structure will be made, there are a wide variety of local stakeholders who need to accept it.'
These local stakeholders not only include the GDRL clubs and executive, but also the referees and juniors whose votes could prove crucial if the 8-10 structure is brought back to Gladstone to decide upon.
Tomorrow is sure to be a big day.