Stanthorpe forward Leon Karena is a trump card for the Gremlins this season after starring for Border in the Central division trials at Bundaberg.
Stanthorpe forward Leon Karena is a trump card for the Gremlins this season after starring for Border in the Central division trials at Bundaberg. John Towells

Close contest in Border League

STEVE McEvoy is upbeat about the Border Rugby League competition this year with three teams tied on six points after four rounds.

Reigning premiers Stanthorpe, 2008 premiers Tenterfield and Inglewood are all on six points, two points ahead of Texas, in fourth place.

The league president said the Inglewood team had some players from the Millmerran area. The Millmerran Rams club last played second division in Toowoomba.

McEvoy said at the start of the season he rated the three current leaders as favourites for the premiership.

“We know what Texas can do if they get to the semi finals,” McEvoy said.

“At the age of 41, Texas player Tim Smith played for the Border Bushrangers in the Central division trials at Bundaberg on the May long weekend.

“He shows the same spirit at club level and loves playing. It is a great example to see a player of his age wanting to play representative footy.”

The one worry for McEvoy at present is the impact the closure of Killarney Abattoir has had on last season’s runners-up Killarney Cutters.

“It is unfortunate for the Cutters but we are working to help them,” McEvoy said.

“The Killarney situation was discussed at a South West Board meeting on Sunday and we are waiting for confirmation of what our options are.

“At this difficult time for the Cutters, the Warwick Cowboys club is keen to help out the Killarney Cutters in fielding a reserve-grade side.

“That means dual registration will be needed which requires Queensland Rugby League approval. I hope to have something concrete by the end of this week.”



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