Neighbours' war of words
GROUP 2 rugby league clubs and officials at both ends of the competition are either already at war with the neighbours or may soon find themselves in that situation.
The spat between Port Sharks and Group 3 reported here on Tuesday turned nasty one day later when Sharks administrator Les Murphy found himself under attack from a columnist in Taree’s Manning River Times newspaper.
Murphy had denied claims published last week that members of his committee had begun secret talks aimed at getting the club to leave Group 2 and return to Group 3, the competition they left in 1995.
“They are trying this all the time to undermine us,” an irate Murphy said.
“Once they get a knockback from one bloke, they move on to the next.
“We’re pretty sure that a disgruntled former sponsor is behind this and we’re getting to the stage of taking action if they don’t back off.”
Group 2 chief administrator Jim Anderson has expressed his dismay at the situation.
“As far as we are concerned, Port is an important part of our competition and is likely to stay that way until any time in the future when boundaries are realigned,” he said.
“In fact, I’m sick of the interference in our affairs and even a few within the league who are not doing things through the correct channels.”
He was referring to an appeal lodged with Country Rugby League by Macleay Valley against the suspension of first grade player Sam Howe.
The appeal was lost but the first Anderson knew of it was when CRL advised him of the outcome.
The Mustangs had not only ignored protocol of lodging the appeal with the Group but had also bypassed regional manger Scott Bone.
Meanwhile, one local club may soon be running into objections from Grafton Rhinos should they try to entice Josateki ‘Joe’ Revueta across the border from the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League.
Revueta is already well known to local fans following a three-year stint with Sawtell Panthers under former coach Craig Wallace, including an appearance in the 2006 grand final.
While the club bidding for his services has not be named, Anderson has already received advice from NRRRL boss Doug Harrison any attempted transfer will be challenged.
“It has to do with the work done and costs of getting Joe a visa from Fiji and they insist he’s going nowhere,” Anderson stated.