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With the hype and excitement of Finals and presentation nights behind us, the League has now entered the business end of the season, and there looks to be busy but exciting times ahead.

By Mark Strini - 18th October 2001 - Back to News

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With the hype and excitement of Finals and presentation nights behind us, the League has now entered the business end of the season, and there looks to be busy but exciting times ahead.

November 11 is the date of the Annual General Meeting, at 1pm, at the Grand Junction Hotel Traralgon (Upstairs). All are welcome, but advising the League Secretary prior to the 8th November would be appreciated for catering. (AH 51 750733). Immediately following the AGM, the new Committee will hold its first general meeting, and there will be plenty of issues to deal with.

The first of those will be the possible selection of the Leagues Junior Development Officer. The Victorian Rugby League State Foundation has budgeted for the employment of a Development Officer for the Gippsland region and the Secretary is taking expressions of interests up till the end of October. The position would entail liasing with Schools, both Primary and Secondary, for Gala days, Cluster competitions ect, amongst other duties regarding Junior Rugby League. The position is currently budgeted for 100 hours, but may increase pending performance. A current drivers licence and vehicle, and Internet access are strongly recommended. An ARL Level 1 Coaching Certificate is a Pre Requisite. Contact the League Secretary, prior to October 31 for more information.

The other big news circulating the League scene at the minute is the proposition of a State League Competition involving a team from Gippsland, Goulbourn Murray, and 3 or 4 teams from the Melbourne Division. At the October Division meeting, it was motioned that the League supports the concept in Principle, pending further discussion and consultation with the other Divisions. The League has put forward its favourable option, and that is to begin the Competition in 2002, but only on a small scale. Suggestions of a 4 to 7 Round Competition plus a final would be an ideal start, for evaluation purposes in terms of initial cost efficiency, and it would lesson the impact of the Gippsland Season, which is a high priority to the League. Suggestions of Midweek and Saturday games have also been put forward, but there is much work to be done before such decisions can be made. We are anticipating further news from the VRL Operations Manager, regarding the other Divisions, at the General Meeting following the AGM.

Finally, Traralgon’s Jared Hiriaki has certainly been busy since the Finals. Topping off his selection into the Australian Emerging States team which played 2 tests against the British Lions, his participation in Melbourne Storms Under 18 development Squad, and his best afield performance in this years Grand Final, Jared has spent much time in the Sydney area in recent weeks. He has recently attended invitational trials for the Manly SeaEagles and the South Sydney Rabbitohs and is nervously awaiting the outcomes of those. We will keep you informed as developments come to hand.

All those associated with the Gippsland Rugby League wish him well in his quest for an NRL contract.

Yours in Rugby League,

Mark Strini – President.


Source: www.gippsland.com

Published by: grl@gippslander.com



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