Tweed cricket super plan

By TANIA PHILLIPS

TWEED District Cricket could once again be part of a "super cricket" competition if a plan currently under discussion comes to fruition.

Just six months after being shown the door from the Gold Coast-based Gabba Sports Cup, plans are in the pipeline for the five Tweed District Clubs to join another "super" competition.

This time they are looking south to the Lismore-based Hooker League, although Tweed District Cricket Association president Mal Brown said the discussions were only in their early stages and the association had not discounted a return to the Gabba Sports Cup.

He said there had been a preliminary discussion between the 10 Hooker League teams, the Mullum-Brunswick club and the Tweed District last week in Lismore.

"It was just a case of testing the water," Brown said of the meeting.

"It's on the table for discussion and they (the delegates) will be going back to their clubs to see what the feeling is.

"But we haven't shut the door on the Gold Coast ? we are putting out feelers to see if there is a possibility of reforming with them.

"They (Gold Coast) may be perfectly happy with the way their competition is now. They have a balanced number of teams for their home and away contest."

However, Brown said whatever Tweed decided to do in the future they would not put themselves in a position where they were just 'invited' to join a competition and had no say in its future.

When the Gabba Sports Cup was started five years ago as a super competition between the Tweed, Gold Coast and Beenleigh associations, it was administered by a board made up of representatives of each of the three associations.

However, 18 months ago, this changed with the Gold Coast taking over the competition and inviting the other two associations to field teams with no say in how things were run.

Just weeks before the start of this year's season, the Gold Coast board decided to jettison the Tweed Clubs without warning after discussions about the Tweed's second grade sides rejoining the Gabba Sports Cup broke down.

Brown said any new move would not be a short-term option and would have to be mutually beneficial for all involved which ever way Tweed decided to go.

"We are looking forward ? seeing if we have any common ground that could get us back together with them (Gold Coast)," Brown said.

"If we haven't got common ground then we will be looking to map out our own future."

He said the Tweed was not dwelling on the actions of the Gold Coast board and instead looking forward to create the best possible future for the five Tweed clubs who have played in a highly successful five-team first grade competition this season.



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