Roosters will stay in Barwon

The Cobar Senior Rugby League Club executive recently made the decision to remain in the Barwon Darling competition.

At the club’s annual general meeting last month there was a push to move to the Castlereagh competition.

Cobar Roosters’ media officer Ben Trudgett confirmed the club has decided to stay where they are and has submitted an application to the Barwon Darling Cup to once again be a part of their 2017 competition.

“The general committee held a meeting to discuss the competition options and the vote was unanimous to stay in the Barwon Cup for another year,” Trudgett said.

“We didn’t want to be a club that skips from competition to competition each year.

“Barwon Cup has an Under 18s competition whereas Castlereagh was only League Tag and First Grade. With the excellent work that our junior league has done since re-entering the Dubbo Junior Rugby League competition, there is a lot of junior talent that we would like to further develop to feed into our grade side,” he said.

“This was a major factor in our decision because we want the 16-18 year olds to know they have future football opportunities after Under 16s, rather than stepping straight into First Grade after 16s.”

Trudgett said a move to the Castlereagh competition would also have involved additional travel for Cobar teams, even more travel than they had when playing in Group 11.

He said if the Cobar club decided it wanted to make the move to Castlereagh in 2018, then they would need to liaise with the new league over the next 12 months.

The Castlereagh clubs would also need to then vote on accepting them.