New clubs to feed appetite for league
MOVES to form a rugby league club in Telegraph Point and rumours another will be based in Frederickton have re-ignited calls to formally establish a Group 2-wide secondary competition.
Port Sharks life member Les Murphy heads a steering committee and is backing the Tele Point Titans (or Wilson River Raiders) through his hotel business and intends to apply for admission into the 2008 Hastings League.
"We're coming together, I've heard about the push to get a club up and running at Freddo and along with Crescent Head Roos it means the expansion is drifting north," he said.
"Some players will come from the Hastings but the majority will be sourced from the Kempsey area with scope for the best to graduate to the Mustangs.
"There are dozens of potential players doing nothing and without a league team to fill the void they'll stay doing nothing, or eventually find their way into union or AFL."
Murphy believes there's great potential for players to graduate to the ranks of Macksville and Nambucca Heads.
"If there is a spread outside the Hastings League it will need improvements to management and possibly a new administration to run it on behalf of Group 2," he said.
"Our first meeting drew 30 people and we've already got our ground, lights and amenities.
"Instead of restricting league we have an opportunity to expand."
Since the demise of the Third Grade competition in 1994, there have been frequent suggestions to investigate the potential for 'feeder' teams linked to senior clubs.
Locations including Corindi Beach, Glenreagh, Dorrigo, Urunga, Toormina/Bayldon, Bowraville, Park Beach and Valla have been put forward.
Crescent Head, one of the suggested areas, eventually formed a club and won last season's grand final in their second year.
"Anything that fosters league, I'm for it," Comets reserve grade captain-coach Brenden Pellegrino said.
With his team undefeated competition leaders, Pellegrino has problems giving every player match time.
"I started with 29 players and have had to knock back blokes who wanted to play and I don't want to do that," he said.
"The benefits could be there with some of those players building up the weaker teams.
"Once they're lost to the game they can be gone forever, or take ages to come back."