Steve McEvoy.
Steve McEvoy. Shannon Newley

McEvoy gives his notice

PLAYING a part in the return of rugby league to Killarney and Wallangarra is one of the high points of 15 seasons at the helm of the Border Rugby League for retiring president Steve McEvoy.

McEvoy, the inaugural president, told club delegates of his decision to retire at the end of the season at a meeting on Monday night after earlier advising fellow members of the South West Council of the Queensland Rugby League Central division.

“I have held the role for 15 years and it is time to move on – someone else can take up the role,” he said.

McEvoy said a lot of the early challenges were helping clubs get re-established.

“We had the basis of the league with Stanthorpe, Tenterfield and Texas already operational but had to get the Killarney, Inglewood and Wallangarra teams organised.

“We got through it with the support of (then South West chairman) John Barrett.”

He said a high point was the establishment of new clubs at Wallangarra and Killarney.

“It was a phenomenal kick-off of the league at Killarney when Wayne Bennett and Gorden Tallis turned up for the kick-off against Texas.”

He admits it has been a bit of a yo yo, with the number of teams in the competition.

“Millmerran is an area with potential to field a team in the Border league,” McEvoy said.

The retiring president said one of the biggest disappointments was the move of Tenterfield to Group 19 (NSW) this season after it was one of the foundation clubs in 1997.

“One of the toughest things is that I am a volunteer like everyone else and when tough decisions are made, people can take it as a personal attack,” he said.

“At the end of the day, we all move on.”

McEvoy said, since he made his decision to retire, he had been approached to be involved in other community-type ventures.

“If other commitments allow, I would like to get to some of the games.”

For two years, McEvoy was head of both the Border Rugby League and Football Stanthorpe. It is rare for someone to be an official in two different footy codes, let alone president of two leagues in different sports.

He said holding the two positions was time consuming.

“To a certain extent, the skills I learnt from rugby league helped me in football,” McEvoy said.

“There is a strong board of eight in football and plenty of support which made it easy to cover both roles.

“In football, we tend to do two years in the top job and then move on.”

McEvoy vowed to pull out of his Border Rugby League role five seasons ago but there were no takers and he agreed to remain.

“That won’t be happening this time which is why I announced my decision early to stir up any interest that may exist,” he said.

McEvoy said for the competition to continue it must have an independent chairman who also had a seat on the south west council board in Toowoomba.

It was a phenomenal kick-off at Killarney when Wayne Bennett and Gorden Tallis turned up for the kick-off against Texas.



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