GROUP 4 clubs will gather in Gunnedah tomorrow for what is advertised as a second “think tank”, but which is more exactly a discussion on a new Premier League.
After an initial “think tank” where Group 4 officials gathered information, suggestions and ideas by clubs on what they thought the current rugby league senior competition should or could be, they now return to the scene of the first gathering to consider what a new look “Premier League” competition could be.
Group 4 president, Barry Pratten, outlined what tomorrow’s meeting could provide, when it kicks off at 10am in the Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club.
“We have a few suggestions to put to the clubs and see what their reaction is,” Pratten said this week.
“Mick (G4 secretary Mick Schmiedel) has been fiddling around with a few draws and such.
“But the best thing we’ve been handed has been from a player.
“It’s a Premier League, with first grade, Under 18s and if possible, a ladies’ league tag.
The 16s go back to the Group 4 Junior League and all the reserve grade and second division clubs go into a second tier competition.”
He’s hoping the clubs will look favourably at that option because he doesn’t see any solution to the travelling issues that are inherent in any competition.
Moree’s involvement in any competition is and has been a problem after it struggled to fulfil it’s obligations this season.
The success of the Moree Boomerangs (Group 19 premiers) has sucked players, sponsors and spectators, from the Moree Boars.
Barry Pratten is also mindful of fluctuating fortunes of some clubs, first and second division, in making decisions on player numbers and quality that might have been good this year but by next February could be markedly different.
“I know North Tamworth would like a promotion and relegation system but I don’t know if that would work,” Pratten said.
“Two years ago Werris Creek went through undefeated and won the Second Division. This year they struggled and failed to make the semi finals.”