Gremlins TRL dream goes to disputes appeal on Friday night
FRIDAY will be Decision Night for the Stanthorpe Gremlins dream to return to the Toowoomba Rugby League competition.
The application by the club to join the Toowoomba Rugby League was accepted but as Stanthorpe is within the Border Rugby League boundaries, it had to apply to Border for a release.
That request was refused and Stanthorpe then appealed to Central Division of the Queensland Rugby League.
Central operations manager Glenn Ottaway who has only been just appointed to the role said the appeal would be heard by a Disputes Panel of three at a meeting at Nundah in Brisbane on Friday night.
"The decision on the appeal will be made by the panel and not at the annual general meeting or general meeting of the division this weekend," Ottaway said.
If the Stanthorpe club is not happy with the result of the appeal, it can appeal the decision to the Queensland Rugby League.
Stanthorpe president Norm Crisp said he had been asked if he was available on the phone on Friday night if the panel had any questions.
"We are confident in our player numbers for all grades and the financial support is looking good," he said.
Crisp pointed out facility and field improvements at Sullivan Oval had the club ready for TRL footy if their appeal was successful.
"Within a month, our new dressing rooms on the eastern side of the field but north of the old broadcasting box will be ready," he said.
"We have done work on the kitchen and main bar in the clubhouse and the field is looking really good."
With plans for a women's league tag competition in the TRL, Crisp said with the new dressing rooms under stage 1 re-development, the club would have four rooms to cater for both men's and women's games on the one day.
The club has plans for stage 2 and 3 for re-development of facilities at Sullivan Oval.
Currently, Stanthorpe plays in a BRL competition where there is A-grade for the men and league tag for women and wants to play in Toowoomba where there was A, reserve, second-division and U18 grades for men in 2014. A TRL league tag is planned for the women in 2015
In 2014, the BRL started the ball rolling in the Darling Downs, Granite Belt and Border regions by introducing a league tag competition.
Clubs in 2015 BRL: Texas, Millmerran, Killarney, Tenterfield, Wallangarra
Clubs in 2015 TRL: Goondiwindi, Dalby, Pittsworth, Oakey, Highfields, Valleys, Souths, Brothers, Gatton, Wattles, Warwick.
Club waiting for appeal decision: Stanthorpe