Sport

Mergers sink before launch

PLANS to merge five IRL clubs into two for the 2013 season appears doomed after Lowood Tarampa Stags confirmed they planned to "go it alone" next season.

A merger between Redbank Plains and Springfield Panthers is already on shaky ground and now the second key merger between Laidley, Rosewood and Lowood/Tarampa also seems hopeless.

Long-time Lowood committee member Glen Torpy told the QT his club would not support the plan following meetings with both IRL and club players and officials.

Torpy said the plan lacked detail and important questions about structure and location had not been answered.

"In my opinion for the IRL to want this to happen in 2013 but only bring it to us now, is a bit of a joke really," Torpy said.

"On one hand they are telling us they want it to happen but where is the support we need

"There are a lot of questions that need to be answered. We put them to the IRL and they said it was up to us to work out.

"To be honest, at this stage, Lowood aren't interested in it."

The Stags have gone one step further, presenting a proposal to the IRL that would see the stand-alone club field teams in A and Reserve grades, Second Division and the under-18 competition by 2014.

It would start with the club fielding a reserve grade team next season in lieu of the failed Challenge Cup competition.

"We've been building for the last couple of seasons," Torpy said.

"We are still planning to pursue our own identity.

"We've put a proposal for Lowood to the Ipswich Rugby League.

"We've made a commitment to field an A and reserve grade team in 2014 and we've already started recruiting for that."

All three country clubs will meet with IRL officials next Tuesday to further discuss the merger proposal.

Torpy said he would be surprised if the IRL held firm on the idea despite earlier indications from IRL chairman Jack Rhea that the mergers were non-negotiable.

"We didn't get the impression at our original meeting that we would be forced into it," Torpy said.

"In the end you can't force a player to take the field.

"I definitely understand why they want to do it.

"It possibly could work down the track but at this point there are just too many unanswered questions.

"I also think it would take a big shift in culture for all three clubs."

Topics:  ipswich rugby league irl lowood tarampa stags rosewood springfield panthers



Heavy fine for "greedy" mud crab haul

Fisheries seizes an illegal catch of mud crabs.

Fisherman fined $3,100 and ordered to forfeit gear

The true cause of the Oscars bungle

Faye Dunaway, left, and Warren Beatty present the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Oscars ended with a moment that left everyone speechless.

Talented young apprentice worth watching

SMILE OF SUCCESS: Apprentice jockey Sally Sweeney celebrates winning on board Dazzling Halo in the Kevin Keidge Memorial race at Bundamba Racetrack on Thursday.

Ipswich success could be start of exciting career

Local Partners

The true cause of the Oscars bungle

THE Oscars have ended with a moment that left everyone speechless — but not in a way anyone expected.

HUGE OSCARS FAIL: Wrong film handed Best Picture award

Presenter Warren Beatty shows the envelope with the actual winner for best picture as host Jimmy Kimmel, left, looks on at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The winner was originally announced as La La Land, but was later corrected to Moonlight.

IN A monumental stuff-up, La La Land incorrectly named Best Picture.

Blue Heelers' Ditch Davey joins 800 Words cast

Ditch Davey joins the cast of 800 Words as Terry, the younger brother of George, played by Erik Thomson.

George Turner's brother, Terry, arrives to Weld with a 'few demons'

Oscars winners 2017: Full list of Academy Award winners

Viola Davis accepts the award for best actress in a supporting role for Fences at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

WHO won Oscars this year? Here’s a full list of every winner.

Why can’t Nicole Kidman clap properly?

Nicole Kidman's style of clapping has puzzled Oscars viewers.

FOR some reason, it seems Nicole doesn’t really know how to clap.

Muslim actor makes Oscars history

Mahershala Ali accepts the award for best actor in a supporting role for Moonlight at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

MOONLIGHT star Mahershala Ali makes Academy Award history.

NO ONE OFF LIMITS: Kimmel burns down the house at Oscars

Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

HOST delivers a torrent of abuse on Hollywood’s night of nights.

Mining homes dive: $600k homes sell for $120k-$300k

18 Yeates Street, Moranbah sold for $135,000 in December, after being repossessed by a bank. The owners bought for $545,000 in August, 2011.

The economy still has two speeds, but with a painful twist

Mackay's property market climbing like a Rocket Man

Renewed confidence in Mackay means more homes are being snapped up by those eager to plant their roots in the region.

There's movement in the real estate sector and it's all positive.

'Why we drove 800km to buy a treehouse with a disco ball'

The new owners have planned a few updates, but will stick with much of the original design.

A couple travelled almost 800km for the home of their dreams.

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!