Small town clubs could struggle under Central West’s new structure: Campbell

MUTUAL RESPECT: Molong and Narromine players shake hands after a competitive GrainCorp Cup Northern Division grand final on Saturday. Photo: JENNIFER HOAR
MUTUAL RESPECT: Molong and Narromine players shake hands after a competitive GrainCorp Cup Northern Division grand final on Saturday. Photo: JENNIFER HOAR

Changes to the structure of the Central West Rugby Union (CWRU) competitions could be a year too soon for the Narromine Gorillas.

The side took out the GrainCorp Cup Northern Division grand final at Cale Oval on Saturday with a 31-10 win over the Molong Magpies.

Captain-coach Craig Campbell said the changes announced last month – to reduce the Blowes Clothing Cup competition to six teams and introduce a second tier  – was a move in the right direction, but might not work for small town clubs.

Under the changes, second division teams will be required to field first and second grade sides and although his side won the title undefeated, Campbell said the Gorillas could still struggle under the two-team system.

“We only have 27 players. Over the year we had 34 all up. People come and go from small towns and there's a lot of us over the age of 30,” Campbell said.

“I want if to work and we’ll try, if we’re in that we’ll try to make it work.

“I think it’s a year too early for us … we would definitely be competitive in one grade but the second grade we’d struggle for numbers.”

Molong captain Josh Peffer welcomed the shake-up, saying something definitely needed to change.

Molong's Josh Peffer and Narromine's Craig Campbell give their take on the changes.

Molong's Josh Peffer and Narromine's Craig Campbell give their take on the changes.

“100-point blow-outs isn't good for any club,” he said.

“I hope that the changes make for more competitive rugby. It would be great for Molong to continue to play competitive rugby whichever tier we get put in to.

“Maybe we need to go in to the second tier and try and get more players but whichever, we’re looking forward to it.

“It’d be good. As long as it’s more competitive. Consistently competitive.”

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