Gremlins old boys could return for TRL tilt
TOOWOOMBA Rugby League has welcomed Stanthorpe into their fold with president Brian Gilroy pleased by their inclusion.
"We're sad that the league couldn't get up down there because it's been around for 20 years, but we're happy to accommodate them.
"We'll always give the opportunity to any boy who wants to play some footy to play some footy.
"We should be able to fit them in okay... it'll work in the draw.
"It's just a chance for them to play some footy."
Mr Gilroy expected the Gremlins would likely get five home games, with not every opposition side required to travel south however.
"We have to slot them into the draw on the same weekend as probably Wattles," he said
"So when Wattles play an away game, say Brothers in an away game, we'll ask Stanthorpe to go play there.
"But when Wattles have a home game we'll ask that club to go down and play in Stanthorpe... except for probably Dalby."
At this stage there's seven teams involved in the C Grade, with Gilroy hopeful Toowoomba Souths and Goondiwindi could be included too.
The Gremlins have started their season preparation with pre-season in full swing.
"We probably got six or seven on the first night," president David Ball said.
"I think the idea of going into a new competition, playing teams we've never played before, there seems to be a really good vibe.
"There seems to be more anticipation for our players."
On the player front, David said there had been plenty of interest from some Gremlins old boys about returning to play in the TRL.
Matthew Hendry, Cameron Robazza, Jason Cobon and Nathan Brannigan have all flagged an interest in returning for the new competition.
"There seems to be a lot of interest from players now we're going to Toowoomba."
He said he didn't expect the standard to be too dissimilar to what they faced in the BRL.
"I was speaking to Brian Gilroy and they're happy to include us as long as we don't win the competition," David joked.
"He said someone like Inglewood, who won the (BRL) competition last year, would win the second division competition there."
This Saturday, January 20, the club will have a barbecue and get together from 3pm at the clubhouse to discuss the year ahead.
David said it was a chance for some boys to have a little run and new players, potentially interested in playing this year, to come have a look.
"We really have to know how we're looking for players by the end of this month," he said.
Discussions will also take place about how the club will mark its centenary in 2018.