SBRL president Dave Tierney

July 10, 2020

The South Burnett Rugby League is exploring options for the rest of the year, but the official 2020 season is definitely over.

SBRL president David Tierney said the management committee met again on Wednesday evening regarding the 2020 season.

“This was in response to the easing of restrictions around community sport,” Mr Tierney said.

“All clubs explored the possibility of getting competition back and running and, more importantly, the players back on the field.

“It was acknowledged that a lot of larger leagues are returning to competition however but even in these leagues not all clubs are returning.

“In the end, the majority of the clubs still believed the requirements around management of venues on game day and training were just too onerous for the limited volunteer pool available to them.

“There was also some concern about clubs being able to field full teams and even greater concern for the financial viability of clubs should restrictions be put back in place.

“It was therefore decided that there will be no 2020 SBRL season.”

However the committee members agreed that the SBRL would now explore options to provide some rugby league to those who wish to be involved.

“Several issues will need to be resolved, the greatest of which is insurance,” Mr Tierney said.

He said these options would include:

  • Running school-based programs in conjunction with an NRL Development officer
  • Continuing the Beyond the Nest Development program
  • The possibility of SBRL teams participating in one-off country carnivals

Expression of interest emails have been sent to players regarding Beyond the Nest.

“Everyone is encouraged to watch the SBRL Facebook page for further updates,” Mr Tierney said.

The management committee also confirmed the SBRL Centenary Dinner had again been postponed, given the uncertainty of the current environment.

“In making these decisions, we are mindful of the consequences (they) have on rugby league in the South Burnett,” Mr Tierney said.

“I believe the decisions made by the clubs are for the greater good of the sport and more importantly our community.

“I’d just like to thank all the players and supporters for their efforts this year and whilst many are disappointed about these decisions, I thank them for their understanding as to why they were made.

“Finally, I would like to thank all the sponsors of our sport in the South Burnett. A number are businesses that have been adversely affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

“Many of our sponsors are also businesses who have family involved in the sport.

“As a sport we wish them all the best and encourage everyone to continue to support these businesses in these difficult times.”

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