Changes for the league

Biggen­den wel­comed and pos­si­bil­ity of ladies’ team

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Big changes are afoot for the Cen­tral Bur­nett Rugby League com­pe­ti­tion.

For the first time in the his­tory of the Cen­tral Bur­nett com­pe­ti­tion the Biggen­den War­riors will join the con­test.

The his­toric move was de­cided at the Cen­tral Bur­nett an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Sunday Novem­ber 12 in Eidsvold.

Cen­tral Bur­nett rugby league spokesper­son Gavin Ford said there would be three rounds of the 2017 com­pe­ti­tion.

“There will be 12 com­pe­ti­tion games, plus the fi­nals,” Ford said.

“The Bur­nett Chal­lenge will then be played by the top team of the Cen­tral Bur­nett and the top team of the South Bur­nett.

“It’s yet to be de­cided when that will be.”

Ford said there were also more changes to come.

“We’d like to see a women’s com­pe­ti­tion started,” he said.

“We’re also look­ing at hav­ing some ju­niors in Monto, Eidsvold and Mundubbera for their own team. Prob­a­bly around the 6, 7 and 8 ages.

“We’d like to have a ju­nior game be­fore ev­ery A-grade game if there is enough in­ter­est.”

Ford, who has been in­volved in rugby league in the Bur­nett since the 1980s, said it was quite his­toric to see Biggen­den join the Cen­tral Bur­nett com­pe­ti­tion.

“With Biggen­den be­ing in, it must be a first,” he said.

“I can never re­call Biggen­den be­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion and I’ve been around since 1980.”

Biggen­den War­riors sec­re­tary Beth Stralow said it was a relief to see the club, which had re­formed af­ter an eight-year hia­tus. en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We had con­tact from the pres­i­dent of the Gayndah Gla­di­a­tors and our pres­i­dent Justin Vi­cary spoke about chances of get­ting Biggen­den to get a team back to­gether and join the Cen­tral Bur­nett di­vi­sion,” Stralow said.

“Justin then put in ap­pli­ca­tions to Cen­tral Bur­nett com­mit­tee and when they had their AGM meet­ing on Sunday it all got ap­proved for us to come in with the other four clubs and be a part of the dis­trict.

“Pre­vi­ously Biggen­den was un­der the North­ern Dis­trict com­pe­ti­tion against Gin Gin and South Kolan.”

Stralow said it was good for the team to fi­nally join the other teams in re­gion that their town was a part of.

“We can ac­tu­ally play within the North Bur­nett now,” she said.

“It should have been like that years ago, but that’s how it all worked out.

“All the clubs were more than happy for us to come on board and be a part of the com­pe­ti­tion and it’s re­ally good to have that re­sponse from all of them.”

Stralow said they had al­ready re­ceived strong sup­port from the Biggen­den com­mu­nity, with some ea­ger fans al­ready think­ing about or­gan­is­ing buses for away games.

“We’ve al­ready got at least 13 to 15 play­ers al­ready will­ing to sign up and that’s just been pre­vi­ous chit chat,” she said.

“That’s with­out putting the word out.

“The boys are get­ting ex­cited, we just need some­one will­ing to coach the side and help them reach their full po­ten­tial.

“Eight years with­out a club, that’s a long time. “It’s go­ing to be un­real.” The 2017 Cen­tral Bur­nett Rugby League Com­pe­ti­tion will kick off in the au­tumn and run un­til about Au­gust.

I can never re­call Biggen­den be­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion and I’ve been around since 1980. — Gavin Ford


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