IT’S A WAITING GAME
Tannum Seagulls sitting on the fence about next year’s season
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.
ANXIOUS WAIT: Capras' Martin Crough and Seagulls' Blair Potts in an under-20s match last season. INSET: The Seagulls’ club.