Border League set to return to five men's teams in 2017
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Border Rugby League is set to return to a five-team men's competition this season.
Wallangarra Rams president Shane Binney has confirmed the club plans to play in the 2017 men's rugby league and ladies leaguetag competitions.
The Rams withdrew from the men's competition in the second half of last year due to a lack of players after the meatworks in Wallangarra closed.
Binney said he was confident the clubs had the players to again field a men's team this season.
"We have four players coming up from down south,” Binney said.
"There is plenty of enthusiasm in the town for the team.”
Last year's Tenterfield coach Chris Battersby has been named as Wallangarra Rams men's coach this season. Binney will again coach the leaguetag team.
Battersby played for the Stanthorpe Gremlins in the Toowoomba competition in 1994 and 1995 before winning a premiership with Nambucca Heads in 1996. He won a Group 2 (Coffs Harbour) premiership with Bellingen in 1999 and coached Bellingen to an under-16 premiership in 2000.
He played for Bellingen for seven seasons and coached the A grade team before returning to his home area in July, 2015, as weeds officer for Tenterfield Shire Council.
Last season, he steered Tenterfield to the men's A-grade grand final in the BRL.
The Rams will hold a sign-on from 10am on January 21 at the footy grounds in Wallangarra.
There will be plenty of fun events on the day including a colour run. Prospective players welcome to call the club president on 0439091442
The return of Wallangarra will increase the number of men's teams to five.
BRL president Norm Crisp is upbeat about the likelihood of a five-team men's competition.
"The more teams the better, it looks like we will have five men's rugby league teams and three ladies teams in leaguetag,” he said.
"All clubs are confident of fielding teams.”
The Stanthorpe Gremlins are fielding a men's team in their own right this season. Retired Queensland Cup player Damian Petrie is the club coaching director.
In other club news, Ray Wagner and Leejay Cooper are joint Killarney coaches and Brendan Minns is the Tenterfield coach. Men's premiers Inglewood are set to field a strong team again.
The Border Rugby League will hold a delegate's meeting next Monday night