Lifeline for the Magpies in the NDRL
LEAGUE: There is still hope for the Miriam Vale Magpies to play this season in the Northern Districts Rugby League.
The NewsMail can reveal the club has been given until February 28 to find extra players after a meeting was held by the NDRL on Sunday.
"All clubs voted and agreed to it,” NDRL secretary Kym McIntosh said.
"They felt it was a good move and positive going forward,” McIntosh said.
"They've been going for 17 years and we know the Magpies will rally around to find a team.”
The Magpies playing will ultimately decide if the competition runs at four or five teams this season.
Avondale, South Kolan, Gin Gin and Agnes Water are committed.
The same can't be said for Burnett Heads.
It failed to turn up for the meeting on Sunday and failed to affiliate with the competition.
The men's team will not play this season with the side not entered in either the NDRL or the Bundaberg Rugby League.
Queensland Rugby League has also confirmed the Cutters club, in both men and women, is not affiliated anywhere this season.
"I have not heard from anyone at the Cutters since their appeal against the original decision,” QRL Central Division manager Glenn Ottoway said.
"I know they have still not affiliated to play rugby league anywhere in 2018,” Ottoway said.
This puts the future of their women's team in the Bundaberg Rugby League in jeopardy.
Ottaway said "they would be right'”to play but "would still need to affiliate with the QRL first”.
Time is running out for the club with the new season to begin in just over two months.
Burnett Heads was unavailable for comment when contacted by the NewsMail yesterday.
The Northern Districts Rugby League season will start on April 8 after being approved by the clubs and board on Sunday.