Both clubs claim legal victory
NOT surprisingly, both sides in the stoush are claiming victory.
C.ex Coffs chief John Rafferty was not commenting directly yesterday but referred The Advocate to a statement from the club’s solicitors, Slater and Gordon.
That release said the court dispute between the clubs over the use of the name Club Coffs had been resolved in favour of the Coffs Ex-Services Club.
“On the first day of a three day hearing last week, Coffs Harbour’s Catholic Club agreed it will no longer use the name ‘Coffs Club’ in its external advertising or promotions without adding the words ‘on West High’,” the statement said.
Van Moulis from Slater and Gordon said the decision was a ‘win for commonsense’.
The CEO of Club Coffs however, Carl Mower, interpreted the outcome as a victory for his club.
“I definitely think we won because we are still using what we set out to use, which is Club Coffs,” he said.
“It’s unfortunate it had to be taken this far to get a resolution. No-one in the general community wins when you have to go to the Supreme Court.
“We won the issue. The issue was always based on the fact the C.ex Group said they were the true owners of Club Coffs.
“The agreement we made was we would continue to use the words West High on our advertising.”
Mr Mower said his club could now proceed with its planned renovations and continue the amalgamation with the Coffs Harbour Rugby League Club.