LAST month’s Group 4 Think Tank was so good the local rugby league body will have another think tank next month.
Group 4 secretary Mick Schmiedel said all the first and second division clubs had been invited to a second think tank at the Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club on Sunday, October 20.
“We will be having a Group 4 general meeting there that day as well,” Schmiedel said.
“We had some good ideas and interesting proposals at the first think tank and are looking for more.”
He said one proposal had been to create a Premier League (current first division clubs) and a First Division which would include second grade sides from the first division clubs and current second division clubs.
The First Division would play in two conferences, Northern (sides based around Moree and Narrabri) and Southern (sides based around Tamworth).
“But that’s something we might talk about a bit more at the next think tank,” Schmiedel said.
“But we’d probably want to formalise something there and at the general meeting following to put forward at the Group 4 annual general meeting on Sunday, November 10.”
He said a few of the first division clubs were also interested in starting ladies’ League tag sides after the successful start of the ladies’ League Tag in the Group 4 Second Division this year.
“We thought it went over well,” Schmiedel said.
“It also looks like the Under 16s will revert to the Group 4 Junior Rugby League.
“That decision will be made at the AGM.
“The Group 4 Junior Rugby League is happy to take them back too and join the Under 13,14 and 15 competitions.”
Schmiedel said of vital interest to Group 4 and to be discussed at the think tank is the playing of “double headers” and the use of lights, such as the Scully Park and Kitchener Park lights for Saturday night games.
They offer a good chance for clubs to attract better crowds given fair weather.