I'm finished with BRL: Beckhouse

GEORDIE Beckhouse isn’t going to fight the Border Rugby League decision to boot out the Warwick Rebels from the competition due to administrative breaches.

“I am finished with the league, it is disgraceful to kick us out one week before the finals,” Beckhouse, the club president, said.

“We could have sorted it out at the end of the season.”

League president Steve McEvoy said at a league meeting early last week, all clubs passed a resolution that gave the Rebels until 1.30pm Friday to address the said issues.

“We advised that failure to do so would confirm their expulsion,” McEvoy said.

“Despite receiving advice that the issues would be addressed, the club failed to do so.

“This is a great shame for the Rebels and their players who have supported them all year, as well as the other clubs in the competition.

“At the end of the day, all clubs agree to play under the same rules and conditions. The Border League clubs had been very patient with the Rebels but had had enough.”

Beckhouse said the club had hoped to just play A grade in 2012.

“It won’t happen now unless someone else wants to run the Rebels,” he said.

“We could have done with more committee members but a huge thanks to our major sponsors Budget Quality Cars, Frankie’s on the Green and Cafe Jacqui’s and to Eastern Suburbs juniors for the use of their ground.”

Beckhouse said the major issue related to a bill for $1500.

“We were told we owed money for affiliation but the minutes state that was waived at the start of the season,” he said.

There was also a fine for playing unregistered players and for forfeiting one A-grade game.

“We would have forfeited reserve grade, and not A grade, if we knew about the fine.

“With insurance, it takes more than $10,000 to run a footy club each season.”

The club doesn’t have the money but Beckhouse will probably pay the $1500 from his own pocket.



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