Growing costs and changes to the competition will be discussed when VB Gold Group 2 holds its annual conference tonight in Nambucca Heads.
Growing costs and changes to the competition will be discussed when VB Gold Group 2 holds its annual conference tonight in Nambucca Heads. Trevor Veale

Group 2 to rein in expenses

CLUBS will be asked to tighten their belts when Group 2 rugby league delegates meet for the annual conference in Nambucca Heads.

A drop in gate receipts from the finals series and a blow-out in costs associated with referee appointments and travel has shown financial reserves will be severely depleted in the long term if spending isn't curbed.

Chief administrator Jim Anderson said one method suggested to rein in expenses would be to put some costs associated with disciplinary hearings back on the clubs.

"There is a recommendation from Group management the clubs can choose to ratify or not that if a club has a player sent from the field for foul play, or is cited for foul play and the club contests the charge, that club is responsible for judiciary expenses if the player is found guilty," he said.

"The junior league has this in place now and reimburses the senior league when they utilise the senior judiciary."

If adopted it should mean all but a handful of charges will be handled through early pleas and will eliminate many of the frivolous appeals that are entered without the requirement of "fresh evidence" and are overturned, leaving the Group with excess travel and witness expenses.

Plans to appoint a full-time director of referees might be back on the agenda, with sources suggesting more clubs are warming to the notion that a more professional attitude needs to be adopted.

Other matters expected to be discussed are the proposed women's League-Tag competition, a suggestion to start match days one hour earlier at 11am, and the scrapping of a formal pre-season, where clubs play each other, in favour of tackling teams from outside the Group.

Incoming regional manager Kevin Hill will also be in attendance to discuss the new North Coast zone.



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