Extended league to continue next year
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE CQ Extended League will be played next season after a tight vote at a Gladstone District Rugby League (GDRL) meeting on Wednesday night.
A final 4-3 vote confirmed next year's Extended League will be an eight-team, 10-round competition, with four teams each in Rockhampton and Gladstone.
GDRL president Roy Rowe said the vote was only the first step in a lengthy process as five teams in his league need to be reduced to four.
'The decision has been made to stick with the Extended League in its eight-team format and I suppose now the hard work begins,' Rowe said.
'It was a narrow decision, but one that is a majority.'
Rowe would not comment on which club or clubs would be affected, but said that any teams who want to be in next year's league would need to meet the GDRL criteria which is currently in the draft stages.
'We are still in the process of drafting the criteria which clubs would have to meet,' he said.
"At this stage there is still plenty of water that needs to go under the bridge.
"There are going to be some pretty tough decisions that need to be made.'
Raowe said there would be an emphasis on the local league next season, with all games being played for both Extended and Local league points.
'The four teams from each league really provides a balance and promotes a greater emphasis on local games,' he said.
'At the end of the day, we want people playing the great game of rugby league in an even, competitive competition.'
One thing for sure is that there will be plenty of emotions over the next few months as the competition's final make-up is decided.