Gaolers' code switch

THERE’S good and bad news for the South West Rocks Gaolers.

The club is set to exit the Mid-North Coast Rugby Union (MNCRU) competition, having competed in first grade last season.

There are too few players to form a side for the 2013 campaign. It could spell the end of the Gaolers as a rugby union club.

However, a new team – made up of many of the players – could switch codes and join the Hastings League competition. It would give South West Rocks its first formal rugby league presence.

Club officials contacted MNCRU executive officer Bob Wilson last week in a bid to be allowed to field a reserve grade team next season.

This was rejected.

Gaolers treasurer John Stokes said he put in the call to Wilson, after returning home from overseas.

“We were promoted from reserve grade to first grade last season,” Stokes said.

“We had eight or 10 fellas off the bypass (construction project) to boost our numbers, but their work’s finished and they’re moving on.

The club put its case to join the Hastings League forward at a meeting on Monday night.

The CRL  is yet to make a formal decision.

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