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United to return?

Friday, 8th November, 2013

The Menindee Wedge-Tail Eagles and Broken Hill Saints came up in 2013. Could there be another team in town in 2014? The Menindee Wedge-Tail Eagles and Broken Hill Saints came up in 2013. Could there be another team in town in 2014?

By Ethan James

The Broken Hill Outback Rugby League could be expanding to seven teams next year, with an expression of interest recently received for 2014.

The club seeking entry is Broken Hill United who last competed at senior level in 1997 which was the final season of the Group 12 competition.

The league disbanded the following year before being reformed as the Outback Rugby League in 2007.

United did not enter the new competition. 

“I can confirm that an expression of interest has been made,” BHORL Chairman Dave Gallagher said yesterday.

“At this stage they have asked for criteria to enter the Outback Rugby League which we have sent back to them.

“They’ve said to us ‘what do we have to do?’ and we’ve explained the process.”

United won six premierships between 1980 and ‘97 as part of the six-team competition.

However, time could be against the bid, with Mr Gallagher requiring documentation before the ORL Annual General Meeting on November 23 at 1:00pm.

“The decision will go to the board and also the ORL,” he said.

“We’re a democratic society, so it will be put to a vote with the other clubs participating as well.”

Mr Gallagher refused to speculate on whether the club was likely to be approved and stressed a cautious approach.

“Until we get all the paperwork in front of us I can’t really comment too much further,” he said.

“We need to look at how this fits into the vision for Rugby League in the area and in terms of our overall goal. 

“My personal vision is to develop senior, reserves and juniors sides for all the teams in the competition.

“And we need a number of details from their end in terms of strategies, plans for growth, junior and player base, financial state... all the relevant information.

Mr Gallagher is encouraging anyone who has an interest in the sport to attend the ORL AGM at the Musicians’ Club.

“Obviously only members will be allowed to vote but the public is invited to come and it really is the best day to see what it’s all about,” he said.

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