Group Three Rugby league executive to be returned unopposed

Group Three chief executive Barrie Smith (left) and chairman Wayne Bridge will both be returned at Sunday's annual meeting.
Group Three chief executive Barrie Smith (left) and chairman Wayne Bridge will both be returned at Sunday's annual meeting.

IT looks certain the Geoff Kerr will gain a place on the Group Three Rugby League board of directors following Sunday’s annual meeting at the Wingham Services Club.

Mr Kerr is the only nominee for the vacant position.

Chairman Wayne Bridge will return as will chief executive Barrie Smith. Mr Smith is recovering from heart surgery, but expects to attend Sunday’s meeting.

“I’m starting to feel a bit stronger and I should be right,’’ he said.

Mr Smith expects the draw for the 2018 competition to be ratified. This will include the XX Trophies pre-season draw to be played in northern and southern pools starting on Saturday March 10 and concluding Sunday March 18 along with the inaugural Indigenous/All Stars match on Saturday April 7. A venue for this game has yet to be determined, although Port City Breakers have shown interest.

The competition-proper will be underway from March 14/15 with the grand final on Sunday August 26. 

There will be no play on the June long weekend while there will be a general bye on July 7 and 8. This can be used for deferred matches if required.

Eight clubs will contest the premiership in four grades.

Meanwhile former Australian, NSW, Queensland, Manly and North Sydney second rower Bruce Walker is a confirmed starter for the Group Three Rugby League Hall of Fame induction to be held on Saturday November 25 at the Wingham Services Club.

The hall of fame induction is staged by Group Three and the Mid North Coast Branch of the Men of League.

Walker, a second rower who toured England and France with the 1978 Kangaroos, is the NSW manager of the Men of League. Mick Sullivan, the Wingham junior who played in the NRL with Northern Eagles, Cronulla and Canterbury, will also be a guest at the evening. Joe White (Gloucester), Jake Kennett (Wingham), Lloyd Hudson (Kempsey) and Rocky Laurie (Wauchope) will be inducted into the hall of fame.