Rescheduling of 2016 AAMI Senior Country Championship Finals
The Board of the Country Rugby League have made the following decisions on the rescheduling of the 2016 AAMI Senior Country Championship Finals after consultation with the respective regions.
Tier One – Illawarra v Central Coast Centurions
The Final of the Senior Men’s Tier One Country Championship will be played on Saturday, 25th June at Kirkham Park, Camden (kick-off at 1pm).
CRL Football Operations Manager Bert Lowrie said this was the most suitable outcome for both sides.
“After discussions with the CRL Board, the decision to play at Kirkham Park was the most suitable alternative to allow for minimal travel disruptions to both sides,” Lowrie said.
“With budgetary restraints considered, playing at Kirkham Park allows both teams to travel to and from the venue by bus on the same day and causes minimal disruption to player’s employment schedules.”
Tier Two – Riverina v Greater Southern Stars
After consultation with the Riverina and Greater Southern Regions, the CRL Board have made the tough decision to cancel this year’s Senior Men’s Tier Two Final.
After hearing both regions concerns in holding the match, the CRL Board made the decision based on a number of factors including selection of the Country Bulls side and players’ employment commitments.
CRL CEO Terry Quinn said it was a tough decision that was reached in agreement with both Regions.
“Unfortunately we had to make a tough decision and after listening to the concerns of both regions in holding the match, we have come to a mutual agreement that best benefits the parties involved,” said Quinn.
“The Country Bulls side, which is selected from Tier Two, will tour Western Australia in July and to delay the naming of the side until the match is played doesn’t allow adequate time for the players selected to provide notice to their employers.
“There were also concerns from players involved in both sides at having to take further time off work to play the rescheduled game and with the long weekend unavailable to host the match, playing this year’s final was unachievable.
“I’ve spoken with our selectors and they are confident they can select the best Country Bulls team available with the assistance of vision from previous matches.
“I would like to thank both the Riverina and Greater Southern Stars for their input and support of this difficult decision.”
The 2016 Tier Two Title will be shared by Riverina and Greater Southern, with both sides eligible for Tier One in 2017.
Ladies League Tag – East Coast Dolphins v Central Coast Centurions.
The Ladies League Tag Final will be played at 12pm on Saturday, 2nd July at Cessnock Sportsground and will be played on the same day as the U14/15’s Country Championship Finals.
CEO Chairman John Anderson said this was a suitable outcome for all involved.
“With travel times considered for both sides, the decision to play at Cessnock Sportsground on the same day as the U14/15’s Country Championship Finals was the best outcome for all concerned,” said Anderson.
“This allows the players involved to provide adequate notice to their workplaces and ample time to prepare for the game.”
Whilst admitting that the rescheduling of this year’s Finals was unfortunate, Anderson believes the best available outcomes have been reached.
“It is unfortunate that this year’s Country Championship Finals have had to be rescheduled in this way, but we have worked closely with all involved to create the best outcome possible and we thank everyone for their support in these decisions.”