Gladstone Goats' Ben Gill fends away a Frenchville defender in the elimination semi-final in Mou
Gladstone Goats' Ben Gill fends away a Frenchville defender in the elimination semi-final in Mou Amanda Ball

Goats could be a part of a spring competition

RUGBY UNION: Should the Gladstone Rugby Union Football Club Goats not be able to field a team this weekend, there could be a saving grace.

Even though the Goats' team may be forced to withdraw from the rest of the Rugby Capricornia competition, it could play in the Spring Cup scheduled later in the year.

Newsmail has reported that Bundaberg Rugby Union president Luke McLoskey would have no problem in having another side in the Spring Cup competition.

Goats could be a part of that competition if it is unable to field a side for Saturday's away clash against Frenchville.

"We'd certainly entertain the idea but nothing has happened yet," McLoskey said.

If the move was to be made, he said, it "would be in the best interests of both competitions".

"It would be sanctioned by the Queensland Rugby Union.

"If it's promoting our sport in both regions, then it could certainly work."

Should the Goats be a part of it, the Spring Cup would be a six-team competition and the Goats would need to be completely independent as far as fielding their own players and not relying on any Bundy-based players keen to play.

"We had a couple (of clubs) that struggled this year with numbers, so it would be unfair on the Bundaberg clubs if that happened."

A decision on the club's future is expected before the Spring Cup season in October.

Goats' club president David O'Brien couldn't be contacted.