Sport

Merger plans for league in grave doubt

Tweed Coast Raiders’ Paul Abric.
Tweed Coast Raiders’ Paul Abric.

THE proposed merger of Tweed Heads Seagulls and Tweed Coast Raiders for the 2013 Gold Coast Tweed Rugby League Bycroft Cup season is now in doubt following a meeting of Seagulls and GCTRL officials on Wednesday night.

The sticking point is the return of players who were weekly relegated to run around in the Bycroft Cup as injuries and lack of form affected the Gold Coast Titans and Tweed Heads Seagulls Queensland Cup teams.

Seagulls football club chairman Ian Paton and executive officer, Terry Keen, met with GCTRL's new president, Peter Daley and long-time secretary, Debbie Marzella.

Under discussion at the meeting was a proposal from both parties as to Seagulls' return to the GCTRL Bycroft Cup after opting out of the first, reserve grade and under-19 competitions in 2012.

Seagulls wanted to enter A-grade and under-19 sides, but GCTRL baulked at that as it believed to do so would sap under-19 players from other southern Gold Coast clubs such as Cudgen, South Tweed, Bilambil and Tweed Coast Raiders.

Daley said that the GCTRL offered a counter proposal which involved a merger of the Seagulls and Raiders Sunday sides for 2013 with Seagulls returning in 2014 as a stand-alone club when it was envisaged they would be able to field an under-19 team without encroaching on the other clubs.

"Seagulls indicated they were happy enough to combine with Tweed Coast Raiders to field an A-grade side - called something like Tweed Heads Raiders - and have the second grade and under-19s play under the Raiders banner," Daley said. "But the fly in the ointment was the return of relegated players from the Seagulls' Queensland Cup squad to the Bycroft Cup.

"We wanted the same status quo as operated in 2012 - relegated players would come back and play with clubs with which they were affiliated and had dual registration (Seagulls Q Cup and GCTRL) which would spread them across the competition.

"However Seagulls wanted those relegated players to turn out with the Seagulls-Raiders merger team.

"If that occurred, the merger side would be extremely formidable and that would be unfair to the other clubs, many of whom nurtured those dual-registration players for many years." Keen said Seagulls were very disappointed with the outcome of the meeting saying "we went into the talks hoping to resolve the situation".

"The spreading of relegated QCup players around the Bycroft Cup competition for us was a hurdle too high," Keen said.

"Obviously we wanted to retain these players within our coaching style which extends from under-19s through to the QCup and Gold Coast Titans.

"We are now looking at other options as we are determined to put A-grade and under-19 teams onto the field next season," he said, refusing to elaborate further.



Defiant Gulaptis dumped after speaking out on greyhound ban

Chris Gulaptis  Photo Contributed

Gulaptis dumped for speaking out on greyhounds

Latest deals and offers

Kanye West gets 'free reign' at VMAs

Kanye West has been let off the leash for the VMAs

Robbie Williams sings at manager's funeral

Robbie Williams and Lamar sang at the funeral of their manager

Twice as much Troy will please country music lovers

CATCH HIM WHILE YOU CAN: Singer Troy Cassar-Daley plans to take some time off to spend with family next year.

TROY Cassar-Daley is releasing a new album and book.

Courtney Stodden gets Reborn Doll

Courtney Stodden is trying to get over her recent miscarriage

Kate McKinnon 'destitute' before SNL

Kate McKinnon says she can't do anything but act

FBI investigating Leslie Jones website hack

The FBI are investigating Leslie Jones' personal website hack

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m