Crinkles? backs a Robina NRL team
A NATIONAL Rugby League team with its own stadium at Robina? I'd like to see that!
Tweed City barber Garry 'Crinkles' Hattley, one of the most authoritative voices on the subject of league on the Tweed, yesterday spoke out in support of the Queensland government offer for a new league stadium to be home to a Gold Coast NRL team.
After numerous failures and false starts for an elite league team on the Gold Coast, Crinkles is hopeful the latest news might finally bring some lasting joy for local fans.
He has been a local league referee for 20 years and cutting hair at Tweed City since the shopping centre opened in the early 1980s.
Crinkles is opposed to a resurrection of the much-maligned Carrara stadium, with its parking problems and ground and grandstands inappropriately designed for league playing and spectating.
He prefers the option of a new purpose-built stadium at Robina for league, soccer and rugby union, leaving Carrara to be picked up if required in the future for an AFL team.
He said a Robina stadium could be ideal for Tweed fans when the rail line is extended from Robina to Coolangatta.
"You could be at the new stadium within minutes of getting on the train near the airport," Crinkles said.
He also reckons the struggling South Sydney Rabbitohs should be relocated to Robina, bringing the old club's huge nationwide supporter net- work to the Gold Coast and creating an immediate historic base for the relaunched entity.
If not the Rabbitohs, Crinkles suggests the new team could be called the Stingrays or the Stallions - not the Dolphins.
"I'm a St George fanatic, but I'd love to watch a local NRL team," Crinkles said.
"We have so many great young players and feeder clubs here locally.
"Our boys are playing in the NRL, but they have to go a long way from home.
"People would really respond to a team with local stars."
At the same time, big-name NRL players would be keen to relocate to the Gold Coast, Crinkles said.