Bright future for rubgy
Saturday, 9th July, 2011
An inter-league competition between the four local clubs and Sunraysia teams is not the beginning of a merger between Sunraysia and Outback Rugby League, according to Country Rugby League.
The four teams of the Sunraysia Rugby League (SRL) will go up against the Outback Rugby League (ORL) today in Menindee.
It will be the second fixture in the round robin club championship after local teams travelled to Nicholls Point last weekend.
But Country Rugby League Coaching and Development Manager Mick Dabin quashed suggestions the event could lead to a merger between the leagues, saying the travel would make it too difficult.
But he said the round robin event might become an annual fixture.
“It gave them (local sides) the opportunity to play extra games, putting some variety,” he said.
“Local teams measured themselves against the SRL and awakened to the fact there is some work to be done. The intensity from the Sunraysia Rugby League brought it home.”
Country Rugby League development officer Graham Valentine said with only one local team winning last week, he hoped for some better results in the future.
“The Sunraysia Rugby League strength-wise have big, solid sides. As for skill our clubs are on par with them.
“This is the first time we have done this, it is a bit of a trial but it breaks up the season.
“It gives (local teams) someone to play against; it brings local teams together and they start to support their own teams.”
Mr Valentine said the inter-league competition also encouraged younger blood into league.
“So far it has been a big success; it was a great day down there, tough games and good to see a bit of variety. We are looking forward to this weekend.”
Mr Dabin said there will be a representative game held next week with a players chosen from both the ORL and the SRL.
He also said the juniors have been going well and have finished the winter season, though high school aged players still had about four weeks to go.