Gladstone teams struck by defeats
By AARON KELLY
THE Gladstone District Rugby League has hit rock bottom in a disastrous round of CQ Extended League results at the weekend.
Struggling Gladstone clubs Tannum Sands and Valleys suffered record defeats that have the future of the competition in the balance.
Tannum Sands were demolished 156-2 in Biloela on Saturday night while an equally-desperate Valleys lost 94-6 against Fitzroy-Gracemere in Rockhampton.
Both teams were severely undermanned.
The GDRL and club officials will meet tonight ahead of Wednesday's deadline to decide their participation in next year's competition.
The GDRL is considering the return to a local format for next season in a bid to arrest dwindling crowd numbers and a dramatic fall in player availability.
Biloela's massive win over Tannum Sands all but secured the club a finals appearance, despite a last round bye.
The Panthers are locked on 14 points with FitzroyGracemere, but have a superior for and against.
Fitzroy-Gracemere face a must-win clash with premiers Wallabys at home next Sunday.
Wallabys beat Rockhampton Brothers 34-26 in a spiteful contest at Gladstone's Marley Brown Oval yesterday.
At Rockhampton's Browne Park, CQU Norths Chargers wrapped up the minor premiership with a commanding 66-20 win over Gladstone Brothers.
Round 18 (July 30/31) ? Saturday: Valleys v CQU Norths (Marley Brown Oval), Tannum Sands v Rockhampton Brothers (Tannum Sands). Sunday: Gladstone Brothers v Yeppoon (Marley Brown Oval), Fitzroy-Gracemere v Wallabys (Saleyards Park), Biloela bye.