Returning to traditional format

GROUP 2 Rugby League will revert to starting fixtures with Under 18 matches after delegates to the annual conference decided this season's experiment with playing juniors before first grade hadn't worked.

Returning to the traditional format was the major item on what turned out to be a low-key meeting, despite some parties predicting fireworks.

A tip that several clubs might struggle to gain enough support for admission proved off target when all 10 clubs were swiftly re-admitted, with all promising to field three grades in 2009.

But the biggest change was delegates deciding to combine the roles of secretary and treasurer into one position, bringing the Group into line with most other progressive sporting organisations.

Once Peter O'Grady stepped down as secretary, former treasurer Jim Anderson was elected as the new chief administrative officer with O'Grady remaining his assistant in the newly-created position of registrar.

Long-serving referee Bill Gibbons was also awarded life membership.

A prospective draw for 2009 has been formulated with the competition starting on March 29 but patrons will have a long wait for the much-anticipated grand final replay with Orara Valley and Woolgoolga not due to meet until May 17.



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