Talks aim to extend hopes

THE future of the CQ Extended League will be a hot topic at today's QRL Central Division board meeting in Rockhampton.

While Rockhampton clubs have expressed their continued support of the competition, their Gladstone counterparts have called on a return to the local format in 2006.

Dwindling crowd and player numbers are the major factors for Gladstone clubs wanting to break away.

Central Division executive officer Rex Zeeman said the structure of the competition and moves to make it more appealing would be discussed with the Rockhampton and Gladstone parties.

Zeeman said the possibility of no Extended League would have massive repercussions on all competitions and the representative program in CQ.

If Gladstone clubs do decide to bail out, it would leave only a four-team Rockhampton competition next season.

Round 16 ? Today Yeppoon v Wallabys (Webb Oval), Rockhampton Brothers v Biloela (Victoria Park), Gladstone Brothers v Fitzroy-Gracemere (Marley Brown Oval). Tomorrow Tannum Sands v CQU Norths (Tannum Sands), Valleys bye.



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