Valleys’ Aaron Hall victorious after the 2013 A Grade Gladstone Rugby League finals at Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone.
Valleys’ Aaron Hall victorious after the 2013 A Grade Gladstone Rugby League finals at Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone. Luka Kauzlaric

League considers making Gladstone rugby season shorter

WHILE it seems like just last week Aaron Hall hoisted the grand final trophy above his head after Valleys defeated Wallabys in Gladstone Rugby League's last match, the off-season is already halfway through.

The few short months to kick off will pass quickly, and Gladstone Rugby League president Glenn Butcher is hard at work locking in changes and future dates, including the possibility the competition could be dramatically shortened.

"We are doing up a tentative draw for a 15-week and a 20-week competition. The decision will be made in the next month," Butcher said.

The possible change comes from talk the competition drags on for too long.

Another major change in local rugby league is also on the cards.

The Gladstone Raidettes have applied to move to the Bundaberg League, because of teams pulling out of the competition they have won for the previous two seasons.

"We were playing in a Capricornia league, now we are looking at Bundaberg," Butcher said.

"They have four or five teams; it is a strong competition we are geared up for and ready to go."