TRL waits for club vote
IT IS a case of wait and see for the Toowoomba Rugby League about the composition of its competition for the 2015 season.
The TRL Board has approved the application by the Stanthorpe Gremlins to play in the Toowoomba competition subject to the Gremlins having the required player numbers and the approval of the Border Rugby League.
On Sunday, Border objected to the move of Stanthorpe to Toowoomba and the Stanthorpe club was last night deciding at a committee meeting whether to appeal to Central Division.
TRL chairman Paul Dean said if an appeal was forthcoming; his expectations would be that the hearing would be on December 6 at the same time as the Central Division AGM and general meeting.
"If they appeal, they have to put a case to Central Division that they are better suited in Toowoomba," Dean said.
"I was born and bred in Surat and know what a rugby league team is to a small country town. Footy brings people to the town every second weekend and the kids have the avenue to follow their heroes in local sides."
Goondiwindi will play in the TRL competition in 2015 as it is already part of the league area and approval is not needed from any other body.
Dean said the Millmerran club had to be approved by the Toowoomba league to play in the Border competition.
"Permission won't be a problem as you want clubs in competitions where they want to be. Millmerran had a very good side in our second-division competition last season and will stiffen up the Border competition."
Millmerran was accepted by the Border league on Sunday.
The composition of the league won't be the only change in the TRL next season.
Already, the league has banned sign-on payments and put a limit of $250 per game on player payments.
"Removing sign-on fees will make all of our clubs more financially viable," Dean said.
"Many leagues are now paying $80 to $100 per player a game.
"We have been one of the highest paying leagues outside of Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the TRL is now reducing that."
Maximum $250 per fixture or finals game. There can be no player payments for under-18 players.
Players can be paid expenses like rent, travel, relocation but must be part of the contract and must be reasonable. Books of all clubs will be audited and also checked by TRL board representative.
The penalty for breaking TRL rules regarding player payments and sign-on fees could be up to a $10,000 fine and could include a loss to all points in all grades for the season.
Coaches are not covered by changes and can be paid.