Mid North Coast Rugby regroups for 2009 season

MID North Coast Rugby will remain separated into pools for the 2009 season but the northern section is set for rapid expansion.

After southern clubs went their own way at the start of 2008 and the local union threatened to crash when just four first-grade teams finished the season – two of them supplied by the Coffs Harbour club – there were fears for the code on this part of the coast.

But seven sides have nominated for the top level next season and while Dorrigo are still to decide whether or not to continue in New England, all clubs are keen to welcome the Rangers back with open arms.

Finally, the hard work has paid off and South West Rocks will take their place at the premier level.

Bowraville's rapid development in the two years since coming back to the game has been rewarded with elevation.

Two sides will again be supplied by Coffs Harbour with Kempsey, Hastings Valley and the titleholders from Port Macquarie rounding out the group.

At junior level, the current age competition will go back to the traditional Under 19 premiership.

On the downside, the reserve grade competition is in limbo after cracks began to appear midway through this year and so far, Coffs is the only club to nominate.

Still, eyes remain focussed on the future with local president Mat Quirk keen to mentor the progress of the Woolgoolga club.

“I have spoken to the Whitepointers and they invited me to their annual meeting,” he announced.

“Earlier discussions were held about potential ways we can help them out and they are very excited about the possibilities and would love for us to be involved.

“The indications are they would like to come to the Mid North Coast competition.”

Quirk believes two scenarios are possible.

The Whitepointers would register their players with their near neighbour, allowing players to trade between the clubs.

“There are some obvious legal items that we would have to get in place first,” Quirk said.

“They would still retain their identity and play most games at Woopi, still pay their own bills etc.”

The other possibility is entering a team in the Far North Coast 'village competition' where a reserve grade-style focus would continue.

“This is all positive stuff,” Quirk added.

“Maybe, it shouldn't be up to us to instigate but it's the only way something is going to happen so we have a competition to play in the future.”

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