Saturday, 18th January, 2014
By By Ethan James
The Broken Hill United rugby league team are about to take the next step in their bid to get a team on the paddock this season.
Members of the old boys association are holding a players’ registration night on Monday night at the West Darling Hotel from 6.30pm.
United old boys member Harry Prescott was hoping that a strong turnout of prospective players would get the ball rolling for the club.
“This is basically one of the real crunch moments for us,” he said.
The 1994 premiership winner said United was interested in hearing from virtually anyone who held an interest.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced player or someone who just wants to start out and learn, we’d be happy to welcome you,” he said.
Mr Prescott, who was the last president of the club before it folded at the end of 1997, said the decision to investigate entry to the Outback Rugby League was spawned when some players came looking for a home.
“A group of guys approached us who weren’t getting a game anywhere else and that’s how it started,” he said.
“I mean, we don’t have a club or anything yet but if we can get some numbers on Monday then it’s heading in the right direction.
“It’s another little step in hopefully getting the club back in the competition.”
As reported by the BDT in November last year, the ORL has given the club a host of financial and on and off field criteria which they must meet before entry into the competition can be considered.
That information must be presented by United to the ORL at their next meeting on February 8.
“They want us to be able to have 25-30 players,” Prescott said.
“I know there were a few clubs who raised concerns about there not being enough numbers to facilitate another team.
“But we had blokes coming to us who weren’t getting a game elsewhere, so there’s interest there.”
As someone who has been involved with United for over 20 years as a player or administrator, Prescott says the rich history of the club is something special in itself.
“The club has got a great history and we’d love to bring some of that tradition back to the competition.”
United, who have over 250 members in their old boys association, are planning a reunion on the St Patrick’s Day weekend to celebrate the achievements of the 1974, ‘84 and ‘94 premiership winning squads.
“We have people coming from all over the place including Englishmen in Perth and from Papua New Guinea,” Prescott said.