New man at helm leading the charge

THE 2011 Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League season is fast approaching and so too are some innovative concepts that promise to make it one of the most exciting competitions in recent memory.

New Northern Rivers league president Brian Rix is leading the charge, getting the ball rolling with the second annual Ballina RSL Club Charity Shield pre-season competition next month.

“We are very happy to have the Ballina RSL Club back on board,” Rix said.

“The Charity Shield was a big hit last year and there will be $5000 prizemoney up for grabs this year.

“The format of the pre-season competition has changed this year and we hope it will generate more money to the 14 clubs.

“All gate takings will be collected at each venue and at the end of the competition the money will be distributed evenly among all the clubs. On top of that there is still the opportunity to win more prizemoney from the top four placings.”

The best-performing club across the competition will host the final and play the second-placed team, with third and fourth also contesting a play-off.

The winning club will pocket $1750 to provide a financial boost for its season.

The Charity Shield will start on March 18.

Rix, who takes over as league president from Tony Durheim, who had to relinquish the role because of work commitments, said he had some clear goals this season.

“I'm keen to introduce new things, help clubs generate as much income as possible and help keep the game in the area viable,” he said.

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