Teams stand united

By RACHAEL BORICH

CENTRAL Queensland's Extended League rugby league will remain united for season 2006 ? at least at this stage.

A Gladstone and District Rugby League meeting on Wednesday night voted, in a secret ballot, 5-4 in favour of Gladstone district teams remaining in the joint Gladstone-Rockhampton competition next year.

The meeting was to decide if Gladstone would remain in the Extended League competition or next year go it alone.

Gladstone District Rugby League president Roy Rowe said it was still a matter of seeing what format they could come up with for next year to please everyone.

"Some people thought we should come back and play local league and regroup, we all have concerns,'' Rowe said.

These concerns include some clubs battling to field a team in each of the three grades (A, Reserve and Under-19) and scorelines blowing out, as some clubs struggle to get players.

One change could include reducing the number of teams each club has to field.

Rockhampton Rugby League president Bill Duguid yesterday understood that Gladstone had suggestions on next year's format and they would be addressed at a Rockhampton league meeting on Monday night.

"The general feeling throughout this competition is that teams want an eight-team competition,'' Duguid said.

"We have to see what these changes of format are and decide if they are acceptable.

"We have to look at Gladstone and say are we happy to experience this again next year.''

QRL Central Division chief executive Rex Zeeman said there was a lot of work to be done now and the division would explore options in the near future.



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