League in recess as clubs struggle with numbers

Killarney versus Tenterfield in the 2017 BRL competition.

By Jeremy Sollars

The Border Rugby League has announced it will go into recess for at least 2018 due to the inability of two clubs to form committees for next year’s competition.
The Killarney Cutters and the Inglewood Roosters were not able to muster the committee numbers, with the BRL executive deciding at a meeting last night, Wednesday 6 December, to go into recess “until further notice”.
The Stanthorpe Gremlins will apply to join the Toowoomba Rugby League (TRL) in 2018, while the Tenterfield Tigers plan to join the New England Group 19 competition in NSW in the new year.
Current BRL vice-president and long-time Cutters stalwart John Towells told the Free Times the decision was “disappointing”.
“Hopefully it’s only going to be a recess for 2018 and people will miss it and get involved the following year,” he said.
“Being on these committees does take up a lot of time, and these days everything is electronic and online – the registrations and the scoring and everything else.
“So it’s hard to get people to commit.
“There was a time when you just signed a bit of paper at the end of the game – it’s so much more time consuming now.”
John said it was possible some Cutters players might seek a clearance to play with the Warwick Cowboys in the 2018 TRL competition.
The Cutters fielded just their A Grade side in the 2017 BRL.

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