Wallangarra withdraw from BRL

12th April 2017 8:36 AM
NO RAMS: Wallangarra player Wayne Woodrige taken down by Peter Brannigan and Dan Brien during a Rams v Stanthorpe/Texas game last year. NO RAMS: Wallangarra player Wayne Woodrige taken down by Peter Brannigan and Dan Brien during a Rams v Stanthorpe/Texas game last year. Contributed

Changes have had to be made to the 2017 Border Rugby League draw, with the Wallangarra Rams officially withdrawing from the season.

There will also be no women's league tag played this season due to Stanthorpe and Tenterfield struggling to gain numbers.

BRL president Norm Crisp said it was a shame Wallangarra hadn't been able to find the numbers after their early season end last year.

"Well unfortunately the Wallangarra men's folded before the end of competition last year due to lack of numbers,” he said.

"It was always going to be a hard task this year.”

Wallangarra Rams president Shane Binney said they were upset they hadn't been able to get the numbers together in time.

"We're upset about it, but (there's) not much we can do,” he said.

"It's a shame really.”

Binney said he didn't know what caused the lack of numbers.

He said while they hoped numbers would improve for next season, they wouldn't know until sign on.

Binney said the girls that had signed up to play league tag were disappointed they wouldn't be able to play.

"We had a really good side this year,” he said.

"We had 22 girls on the books.

"If it goes ahead next year I'm pretty sure the girls will turn up.”

Crisp said it was disappointing there would be no league tag, but hoped it would return for next season.

"The ladies competition had proved pretty popular with supporters,” he said.

"Hopefully clubs can regroup and have teams (ready for next season).”

Crisp said he believed Inglewood is looking the strongest team again this season and the others would be fighting for their spot in the competition.

"I think it's a toss up between the other three,” he said.

A new draw has been drawn up and is now waiting for club approval.

Crisp said it would be available early next week.

He said a new season start Saturday, May 6 was likely, but this will not affect the season which will end in late August.