CRL to decide on game time

Macleay Valley Mustangs player prepares to put the ball down for a try during the 2016 season.

Macleay Valley Mustangs player prepares to put the ball down for a try during the 2016 season.

THE Country Rugby League will now have to decide when the Group Three/Group Two representative rugby league and league tag games are played.

The two groups have been unable to resolve when the fixtures, initially set down for this Saturday, will now be decided.

Group Three asked the games be postponed because there has been no football here following wet weather.

Group Three put forward Saturday May 6 as the date, meaning there would be two rounds played before teams were picked. Group Two wants Saturday April 29.

“Neither of our coaches, Matt Shipway (under 23s) or Scott Jacklin (league tag) will be available on April 29,’’ Group Three chief executive Barrie Smith explained.

“Scott will be in Mudgee coaching the Hunter schoolboy touch football team while Matt has a family function he has to attend outside the area.’’

Mr Smith added the point of playing the games is to pick the strongest possible North Coast side for the Country Championships.

“It’s not to get brownie points by beating the other group,’’ he said.

North Coast’s opening match in the Country Championships isn’t until Saturday May 20.

The CRL regional manager Kevin Hill is expected to make the final decision this week on when the group games will be played.

CRL has teamed up with the SNW Office of Sport to promote positive sideline behavior at junior sporting events through Shoosh for Kids Week.

The program will run from May 15 to 21 and CRL will be joined by six major codes in encouraging clubs to support the cause to create a positive environment for junior participants in grassroots sport.

CRL CEO Terry Quinn believes Shoosh for Kids Week provides an opportunity to send a consistent message to everyone involved in grassroots sport.

“The campaign reminds people of all ages to bring their best behaviour to children’s sport and to remember that it’s all about the kids having a positive and encouraging experience,” said Quinn.

“There’s no place in our game, or any other game, for negative comments directed at players and officials and it’s great to see the codes working together to put an end to this.”

Shoosh for Kids was introduced by Newcastle Rugby League in 2015 and grew to encompass Illawarra Junior Rugby League and multiple sporting bodies throughout the Mid-West region in 2016.

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