Changes for the league
Biggenden welcomed and possibility of ladies’ team
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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