The draw for this season’s Border Rugby League competition has just been finalised after the Wallangarra Rams confirmed they are unable to field an A Grade mens team. While the Ramettes had plenty of players for leaguetag, sadly the Tigrettes wont be defending their title with both Tenterfield and Stanthorpe lacking numbers, meaning no leaguetag this season.
What was initially looking like a 16-round season for the men has been shortened to 13 after protests from the participating clubs that the format dragged out the competition too long.
“With only four teams in the comp, 16 rounds was just madness,” Tenterfield Tigers president Brendan Minns aid.
“You pretty much know who’s going to be in the finals by the end of round two.”
The Tigers will play their first match away on May 6 against Killarney. Their first home game is against Stanthorpe on May 13. Each club will also get to host a big double-header Saturday with all four teams playing. In the Tigers’ case it’s on July 22.
Five of the Tigers have already had a run, fulfilling rep duties with the Border Bushrangers in the South West Trials in Miles on April 8 where Jake Adams, Ethan Moore, Adam McIntosh, Nathan Dearden and Minns all played.
While none of the Tigers were selected for the next level – the South West Country side – seven other Bushrangers did move on. Minns said the Tenterfield players nevertheless all played extremely well.
Adams unfortunately copped an accidental elbow to the face which left his front teeth through his bottom lip, but nothing that a few stitches couldn’t fix.