IT’S A WAIT­ING GAME

Tan­num Seag­ulls sit­ting on the fence about next year’s sea­son

The Observer - - SPORT - Nick Kos­satch nick.kos­satch@glad­sto­neob­server.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Tan­num Sands Seag­ulls Rugby League Club com­mit­tee is hope­ful the club’s am­bi­tion to con­tinue to be a part of the Rock­hamp­ton Rugby League com­pe­ti­tion next sea­son and be­yond even­tu­ates.

Club pres­i­dent Shane Ken­ward has re­signed for per­sonal rea­sons and trea­surer Luke Mur­phy said Ken­ward had made a pos­i­tive im­pact as the club strives to gain af­fil­i­a­tion with Glad­stone Rugby League.

It is a step re­quired in or­der for Glad­stone-based clubs to play in the high-level Rock­hamp­ton A-grade com­pe­ti­tion.

“Shane re­signed on Wed­nes­day night and he was tak­ing the league on to get clar­ity around the for­mat of the 2018 draw,” Mur­phy said.

“It’s an­tic­i­pated that we’re still go­ing to be play­ing in the RRL com­pe­ti­tion and it’s just a mat­ter of which com­pe­ti­tion we are af­fil­i­ated with.

“It’s our wish and it’s a lot quicker and smoother for ev­ery­one if we are af­fil­i­ated with GRL.”

Mur­phy said there were sev­eral pro­cesses to fi­nalise, which ob­vi­ously in­cludes to get clar­ity from both the GRL and RRL about 2018, and get its com­mit­tee as­sem­bled as well.

“It hasn’t even be con­firmed that Glad­stone teams are play­ing in the RRL comp and there’s still a lot to nut out in both leagues,” he said.

“There’s still a lot to nut out be­tween both leagues and GRL has the is­sue with some clubs only field­ing one or two teams.

“We have to hear from RRL what their feed­back is on that and there’s plenty of is­sues that ev­ery­one needs to be across and be on the same page.”

Tan­num Seag­ulls has fielded teams in A-grade, re­serves and un­der-20 com­pe­ti­tions as well as a women’s team in the Glad­stone and Dis­tricts Rugby League com­pe­ti­tion.

It is the only Glad­stone-based club that has four teams.

GRL pres­i­dent Richard Duff said he would work with in­terim Seag­ulls pres­i­dent Prue Maeyke and Mur­phy to­wards the best out­come.

“We will work through some of the de­tails with Luke and Prue as well as work in con­sul­ta­tion with the other Glad­stone clubs in the RRL,” he said.

“It’s all about work­ing to­gether.

“No way are we here to see clubs floun­der and go un­der and as an as­so­ci­a­tion our aim has al­ways been about par­tic­i­pa­tion in the game.”

Seag­ulls fin­ished mid-ta­ble in the A-grade com­pe­ti­tion in 2017 and Mur­phy said it was a solid foun­da­tion for the fu­ture.

“Tan­num Seag­ulls’ pref­er­ence is to play in the RRL com­pe­ti­tion and we don’t want to be play­ing the same teams ev­ery third week,” he said.

PHOTO: PAUL BRAVEN GLA250217RUGBY

ANX­IOUS WAIT: Capras' Martin Crough and Seag­ulls' Blair Potts in an un­der-20s match last sea­son. IN­SET: The Seag­ulls’ club.

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