Decision expected February
By GREG WHITE
DELEGATES from MidCoast Rugby believe the decision on their future won't be made until at least February while president of the incumbent Mid North Coast Zone Geoff Bell insists the question must be settled sooner.
"I expect we'll sit down together in the next few weeks to discuss the matter," Bell said.
"The date 'February 2007' is a matter of weeks before the competition is due to re-commence and it can't be left dragging on."
Bell said the weekend meeting with Country Rugby Union was 'positive'.
"Some issues have not been resolved and at this stage, I'd prefer not to comment further until we get a clearer picture," he said.
MidCoast Rugby continues to lobby for a localised rugby competition centred around established clubs Forster Dragons, Old Bar Clams and Manning River Ratz.
Since announcing their intentions, the Wingham Hornets have been revived after being in recess for almost a century, while attempts are being made to found clubs in Buladelah, Gloucester and Harrington.
If the bid receives the green light from CRU the current clubs in the area from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour will be effectively set adrift. A steering committee from MidCoast met the CRU recently and while Mid North Coast have been reserved in their public comments.