THERE’LL be some new faces on the Group Three Rugby League board after Sunday’s annual meeting at the Wingham Services Club.
As reported in Wednesday’s Times, chief executive Barrie Smith and vice president Kevin Hardy won’t seek re-election. Director Greg Medhurst, from Forster is also stepping down.
Group chairman Wayne Bridge said two nominations have been received for the vacant positions.
Mr Bridge said the voting for the board of directors will be carried out first on Sunday.
“We’ll then suspend the meeting while the directors vote for the positions on the board,’’ he explained.
Mr Bridge will be seeking re-election. If successful he will undertake his 12th term. He is also chairman of the East Coast Region.
The annual meeting will then reconvene after the elections, where the 2019 premiership will be the main item for discussion.
A starting date for the 2019 season and the length of the competition will be determined by the clubs. In recent years the group has run with a two round, 14 game competition-proper.
The clubs will also affiliate for the 2019 season.
Mr Bridge admits he hasn’t been in contact with Macleay Valley.
The Mustangs endured a horror season in 2018 and were forced to withdraw from first and reserve grades following a mass exodus of players from the previous year. In 2017 Macleay were grand finalists in first grade and under 18s.
“I know they have a new president and a new committee, but I haven't been speaking to them and they haven’t contacted us,’’ Mr Bridge said.
He expects the club will be represented at Sunday’s meeting.
Meanwhile the next Group Three Hall of Fame induction will be held at the Wingham Services Club on Saturday January 12.
This was originally set down for Saturday December 8, but this clashed with the Country Rugby League annual conference.