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New season preparation has begun

By Mark Strini - 5th February 2002 - Back to News

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Gippsland Rugby League held its first general meeting for season 2002, and with many issues in doubt, many decisions were to be decided, but few were actually finalised.

  • The State League Competition was to be finalised at Wednesday nights VRL Board of Commissioners meeting. (Whether Gippsland are in it or not).

Unfortunately, as happens too often, yet another meeting is to be arranged for possibly later this week between the 3 divisions, to finalise details. The only real information is that the proposed competition will begin in May, and that we might expect all 6 Melbourne Teams involved, including Reserves, which appears to be a total backflip on the initial configuration of the State League.

The Gippsland squad continues training this Thursday at Davidson st Traralgon at 6.30pm, but with attendances down so far, Gippsland’s participation in the competition may still be in jeopardy. The fate of the proposed practice match against the Sth East Redbacks in Cranbourne at the end of February may be decided this Thursdays Training session.

  • It is now a fact that Gippsland have the 30th March date locked in at Olympic Park, to play a curtain raiser to a Melbourne Storm fixture. This date may also be in doubt unless the State squad training numbers improve, or the clubs can demonstrate viable numbers for an East vs West match. With the GRL having to notify the VRL by the end of February, there are no guarantees that Gippsland will take up the offer.
  • Attendance by the clubs at the meeting was barely acceptable with Churchill and Traralgon present. Traralgon as expected indicated that they have no problems in competing this season, and Churchill, whilst not yet into full swing, are also reasonably confident of fielding a side. Morwell and Sale/East Gippsland did not attend.
  • The path for now on the club scene, is the individual appointments with the clubs and League executives this Thursday, where hopefully, a genuine and real assessment of each of the clubs can be identified. Any obvious deficiencies will be highlighted, and deadlines set for compliance. The deadline date will not be beyond 4th March which is the next scheduled meeting of the League.
  • A proposed draw will be presented to the clubs on Thursday, in anticipation of a competition, and a participant in the State League Comp, but how solid it is remains to be seen.
  • On a State Cup Level, we wait for the next meeting, which will hopefully happen this week, to shed any light on the competitions structure and draw.

Yours in Rugby League,
Mark Strini – President.


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