Barrett steps down as coach

OXLEY Pioneers coach Peter Barrett has decided not to re-apply for the position in 2011.

Group 2 rugby league’s chief administrator, Jim Anderson, said Barrett had called him yesterday to advise of the decision.

Barrett indicated he intended to dedicate his free time to the Coffs Coast Men of League chapter, which has exploded in popularity since membership opened earlier this year.

“I believe he also will use contacts to seek the seat for the country-based member of the Rugby League Commission,” Anderson said.

“However, it means an extra coaching position has opened up, not just with Oxley but with Group 2 under-18s as well, as Peter also filled that role.”

Under-18 representative teams struck a purple patch while under Barrett’s command.

They won the last CRL title under the North Coast banner and the first as Oxley Pioneers before bowing out in the preliminary final this season.

Meanwhile, Anderson has announced new regulations covering league safe officers who are qualified in related fields.

“If a person wishes to become an officer, he or she must be accredited under the Country Rugby League system,” Anderson said.

“But if the qualification is in another medical field, such as an ambulance officer or paramedic, they can submit their details, including registration number, for consideration of accreditation.”

A Level One national first aid officers’ and sports trainers’ course has been organised in Wauchope on December 11-12, at a cost of $120.

The course will be conducted at the Holiday Coast Credit Union Training Room in Commerce Street, with instructors under the control of CRL sports medicine supremo John O’Halloran.

Bookings and payments must be received prior to the closing date of November 26.

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